Graduate Students


Emma herms

Emma received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. As a research assistant under Dr. Quartiroli, she studied the impact of Brainwave Entrainment on anxiety and the stigma surrounding Major Depressive Disorder. Emma developed an interest in neuroscience as it relates to psychopathology and is currently pursing a Masters of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. She hopes to further understand the neural mechanisms underlying mood and psychotic disorders, specifically as they relate to pharmacology. 


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