Kaz Laird – Lab Manager – email@example.com
Kaz graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.Sc. in Psychology and Spanish and has been a part of multiple psychology labs at the University since then. He is responsible for day-to-day operation of the lab, manages the database for the Estrogens & Cognition project, and also coordinates the Women, Sex, Gender, and Dementia program led by Dr. Einstein as part of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging (CCNA). When Kaz isn’t in the lab, he enjoys learning about web design, as well as watching and playing football (soccer).
Laurice Karkaby – Research Engineer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurice received her Honours B.Sc. at the University of Toronto, with a Specialist in Psychology and major in Sociology. She manages the research activities of the lab’s international collaboration Cognition After Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy (CABSOE) in Linköping, Sweden, where she is currently based. Her research interests are in the quality of life and experiences of women with oophorectomy. Outside of the office, Laurice travels as a scuba dive instructor in the summer where she leads marine conservation activities and educates schools on reef ecology and protecting our oceans.
Nicole Gervais, PhD – email@example.com
Nicole is the recipient of a research fellowship co-funded by the Alzheimer’s Association and Brain Canada Foundation to study early markers of Alzheimer’s disease in middle-aged women with a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and spontaneous menopause. She focuses on four themes related to Alzheimer’s disease: 1) memory, 2) brain structure, 3) sleep, and 4) inflammation. She uses structural MRI to estimate volumes of the hippocampus, entorhinal, perirhinal, and parahippocampal cortices and relate any changes to differences on memory tests. Nicole measures objective sleep parameters using polysomnography to investigate sleep disturbance. Her training was in behavioural neuroscience, working with rats during her PhD (Concordia University, 2014) and aging common marmosets during her first postdoc (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, 2014-2016). Her primary research interests are to understand how aging, sleep, and hormones influence memory and its neural substrates across species. These interests include: 1) how structures in the medial temporal lobe (MTL) sub serve memory, 2) how sleep and cognition are altered by aging, 3) how chronic inflammation contributes to cognitive aging, and 4) the impact of biological sex and hormones on aging, with a focus on memory.
Nicole Gervais' Publications
Anne Almey, PhD – firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne’s research focuses on the role of estrogens in a variety of cognitive processes, diseases, and disorders in women, and the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie these hormonal effects. Her interest in hormones and behavior began during her undergraduate thesis, which examined the role of estrogens in sex differences in social learning and aggression in mice. Anne’s graduate research continued in a similar vein examining the contribution of estrogens to numerous dopamine-dependent cognitive processes, including selective attention, reversal learning, and perseveration in rats. She also examined the ultrastructural distribution of estrogen receptors in dopaminergic brain regions as a mechanism for these effects of estrogens. Following her graduate research she transitioned from animal models to humans, and at present she holds the Posluns Postoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Brain Health and Aging and is co-supervised by Dr. Gillian Einstein at the University of Toronto and Dr. Natasha Rajah at McGill University. Anne’s current project examines the cognitive and neurobiological effects of early ovarian hormone deprivation in women with BRCA mutations, to clarify the role of estrogens in female cognition, age related cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Anne Almey's Publications
- Arija Birze – Doctoral Student – email@example.com
Arija is seeking to integrate feminist, biological and sociological theory into an analysis of the embodiment of stress in gendered, emotional work. This inter-disciplinary research will examine how the gendered organization of work (what is typically known as “women’s work” and “men’s work”) shapes biological, psychological, and social experiences of stress in high-stress occupations. More specifically, using physiological, survey, interview and observational data, this research will explore the emotional landscape of the 911 police communications setting and how this stressful work is biologically translated into health inequalities, or is ‘written into the body’.
- Alana Brown – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alana recently finished her Psychology Masters at the University of Toronto and has started the first year of her Ph.D. program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from UofT in 2016, and is fortunate to have worked on a variety of projects in the Einstein Lab for two years prior to joining as a graduate student. She is particularly interested in the impact of hormones on brain structure and function in the context of spatial abilities, navigation strategies, and wayfinding behaviors in humans. Outside of the lab, Alana enjoys science fiction, drawing, photography, cooking spicy food, and exploring the city.
Alana Brown's Publications
- Laura Gravelsins – Doctoral Student – email@example.com
Laura received her Honours B.Sc. in 2017 and M.A. in 2018, both at the University of Toronto and she is already a year into her Ph.D. Psychology program at the Einstein Lab. She feels fortunate to have been a part of the lab during the 4th year of her undergraduate degree and Masters degree, and strongly values its interdisciplinary, diverse, and feminist research. The complex relationship between genes, hormones, and cognition is fascinating to Laura, and her current research focuses on investigating cognitive performance in oral contraceptive users. Outside of the lab she is a don at Victoria College and enjoys playing ice hockey with friends and family!
- Danielle Jacobson – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Jacobson is a PhD candidate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Stream and is also in the Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health. Coming from a background in Cognitive Neuroscience, researching sensorimotor learning, she integrates her experience in Psychology with her passion for women’s health. Danielle’s research focus is on the obstetric interaction between women with female genital cutting (FGC) and OB/GYNs in Toronto. In particular, she is interested in better understanding how clinical decisions are made. Danielle aims to conduct social justice oriented research that works toward health equity for immigrant women.
- Arija Birze – Doctoral Student – email@example.com
- Nida Mustafa – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nida Mustafa is a PhD student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Health Sciences, specializing in women’s mental health. Her research in the past has focused on eating disorders in minority women, and she is greatly interested in immigrant mental health advocacy. Nida’s current work focuses on exploring elderly women’s experiences of pain within Toronto’s South Asian community.
Nida Mustafa's Publications
- Laila Rahman– Doctoral Student – email@example.com
Laila Rahman is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She hopes to contribute to achieving health equity and social justice through intellectual activism and research. Before joining the graduate program, she conducted research on maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, and violence against women and girls using quasi-experimental designs. Funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and Lupina Senior doctoral fellowships, Laila is currently in dialogue with postcolonial feminism, intersectionality, and Johnson’s violence typology in gender-based violence research in Bangladesh. In complicating the current male physical intimate partner violence (MPIPV) against women discourse, Laila’s project seeks to explore MPIPV-involved women’s and men’s intersecting social locations, their experience of multiple forms of MPIPV including intimate terrorism and situational couple violence, and women’s act of resistance against the MPIPV.
- Rebekah Reuben – Doctoral Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebekah is a second year doctoral student at the University of Toronto. She is broadly interested in topics of women’s health and sexuality, as well as the intersection between neuroscience and social influences in her research. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys cooking, traveling, and appreciating film and art. She is honored and excited to be a part of Dr. Einstein’s lab!
- Minhui Yang – Doctoral Student – email@example.com
Minhui Yang is a PhD student in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the University of Toronto. Her previous research experience is focused on HIV/AIDS interventions and LGBT health. She has also assisted qualitative data analysis of research on chronic diseases patients’ long-term care and quality of life. Prior to join U of T, she had worked as program and grants manager at China Medical Board for two years, managing research and training programs in health policy and global health. Her current research interests is in using qualitative and mixed methods to investigate the health, needs, and quality of life of women with long-term conditions.
Minhui Yang's Publications
- Courtney Kannampuzha – Masters Student – firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney received her Honors Bachelor of Science degree in 2018 at the University of Ottawa, where she majored in psychology. She is starting her M.A. year in experimental psychology at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Gillian Einstein. Her undergraduate thesis focused on examining the individual and cognitive factors that influence how individuals process emotional stimuli, and ultimately how one’s mood influences encoding and later recall of emotional information. She also conducted research at Toronto Western Hospital examining new innovative methods of treating depression specific to enhancing the longevity of treatment effects, one of those methods involving the use of ketamine. Courtney is excited to join the Einstein Lab to examine the intricate relationship between hormonal levels and cognitive deficits, specifically those pertaining to memory. She spends her time outside of the lab hanging out with friends, drawing, or binge watching Netflix series.
- Mateja Perovic – Masters Student – email@example.com
Mateja received her Honours BSc from Leiden University in 2017, and is currently an MA student in the Einstein Lab. Broadly, she is interested in the interplay between women’s brain health and their social context. She is currently working on examining structural brain changes in women who underwent bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, as well as a project about the neurological effects of female genital cutting. Mateja has previously done research in social psychology, mainly in the areas of gender stereotypes, collective action and inter-group relations, and is interest in incorporating social psych perspectives in her current research in neuroscience. She is very excited to be a member of the Einstein Lab. Outside of her work in the lab, she spends her time reading, hiking, and petting as many dogs as possible.
Work Study Students
- Alisa Chun Li
- Edgar Martinez
- Shreeyaa Ramana
Thesis & Independent Research Project Students
- Gina Nicoll
- Pascale Tsai
- Aadhiya Vasudeva
- Leah Velikonja
- Adelaide Jensen
Research Opportunity Program Students
- Aanya Bahl
- Kelsie Cyr
- Kate Tsiandoulas
- Katrina Wugalter
- Leyla Castro
- Brittany Demircan
- Sumana Dhanani
- Jennifer Xiangning Ge
- Galo Ginochio
- Leena Johnson
- Claire Lauzon
- Edgar Martinez
- Clara McNamee
- Omer Mustafa
- Simone Rusu
- Ally Scaini
- Amelia Semenak
- Sophia Zhao