Graduate Students


Anya Bershad

Anya is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the HBPL. She earned undergraduate degrees in comparative literature and biology from Stanford University, where she developed an interest in the intersection of the mind and brain. Her research focuses on the effects of psychoactive drugs on socio-emotional processing and the implications these effects might have for the development of novel treatments for mood disorders. Anya is also interested in innovative collaborations between the humanities and the sciences, and she is involved in a project called “Fiction Addiction,” which examines the psychology and neurobiology of “binge-watching” serialized television shows. 


Manoj doss

Manoj received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied how memory is represented in brain in Alison Preston's lab. He then went to University College London for an MSc and worked with Valerie Curran on a project investigating the effects of cannabidiol on emotional processing. After completing the MSc, Manoj worked in Charan Ranganath's lab at University of California, Davis, where he studied how context and reward can support memory using fMRI. Manoj is currently a fourth year doctoral student in integrative neuroscience with David Gallo and co-advised by Harriet de Wit in the Department of Psychiatry.

Manoj is interested in the different cognitive and neural mechanisms of memory construction and distortion. He also has an interest in the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology.



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