Graduate Students



Elisa is a Ph.D. candidate for the Committee of Neurobiology at the University of Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. As a research assistant in a clinical addiction and an fMRI memory laboratory, she developed an interest in the neural basis of motivated behaviors leading to substance abuse, reuse, and maintenance of addiction. While examining verbal and non-verbal reports of drug craving, she began investigating self-report verbal biases. She hopes to uncover more about the similarities and differences between various types of addictions and how individuals experience substance use and dependence (1).jpg

Kelsey Pagorek

Kelsey is a graduate student in the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) with a concentration in Psychology. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience with Honor from Michigan State University with minors in Pharmacology and Cognitive Science. As an undergraduate, Kelsey worked in Dr. Kimberly Fenn’s Sleep and Learning Laboratory to investigate the cognitive effects of caffeine and B-vitamins. She is interested in how pharmacological interventions affect cognition, affect, and motivated behavior.