Milad Naghizadeh – B.Sc. (Biology), Honours Thesis Student, R.A., 2016-2018)

Marzyeh Samira (Sam) Azimi – M.Sc. (Biology), R.A., 2015-2018)
  • Sam is now a Pharm.D. student in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.
  • Her M.Sc. thesis “The influence of alpha7 and alpha4 beta2 nicotinic receptor agonists on feature based reversal learning in macaque monkeys” was accepted August 2017.
  • Sam carried the prestigious Queens Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in 2016/2017!

Dr. Mariann Oemisch – Ph.D. (Biology, 2012-2017)

  • Mariann has moved to Daeyeol Lee’s laboratory at Yale University.
  • Her Ph.D. dissertation “Neural processes underlying the flexible control and learning of attentional selection”, was accepted November 2017.
  • Mariann is a three times awardee of the prestigious Ontario Graduate Studies (OGS) Fellowships!
  • Mariann’s ResearchGate profile.

Dr Veronica Nacher – Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) 

  • Veronica has moved to Douglas Crawford’s laboratory at York University.
  • In the ACCL, Veronica studied the physiology of attention-related frontal lobe circuits, using electrical microstimulation techniques.


Dr. Hongying Wang – Lab Supervisor (2013-2017)


Stephen Chen, B.A. – Honours Thesis Student, Cognitive Science (2016-2017)

  • Stephen’s Honours thesis investigated the predictors of learning in a dynamic context-dependent feature-based learning task.
  • Stephen assisted in the development of the USE suite.


Alireza Tajadod, B.Sc. – Honours Thesis Student, Mathematics (2015-2017)

  • Alireza’s Honour’s thesis investigated the information carried by error saccades made by nonhuman primates on a gaze-contingent task.



BA cand. Zemina Meghji – Honours Thesis Student (2015-2016)

  • Zemina worked on projects developing an overt behavioural marker of (covert) learning the feature relevance in an attentional task.


Dr. Stephanie Westendorff – Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015)

Dr. Salva Ardid – Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-14)


PhD Matt Balcarras – Phd thesis (2011-15)

  • Matt moved on to Vancouver BC to become VP and Chief Scientist at ADX Advance Directives Xtended !
  • His Researcher Profile available at ResearchGate
  • Matt received 2013 the best abstract award from the Cognitive Science Society for his abstract and presentation of “Balcarras, Ardid, Kaping, Everling, Womelsdorf: Reinforcement learning predicts value-driven attentional selection in a foraging task. Workshop: “Learning to Attend, Attending to Learn”, San Diego, CA.

Keshna Sood – Undergraduate Honours Thesis (2014-15)

  • Keshna moved on to graduate school for a MSc with a molecular focus at the University of Toronto
  • Keshna finished successfully an ambitious matlab analysis project for an 8 credit Honours Thesis about ‘inferring learning success and value predictions from anticipatory licking responses in a reversal learning task’.

BSc. Omar Abid – Undergrad. Research Practicum (2014)

  • Omar has moved on to a PhD in John Tsotsos computational laboratory of active and attentive vision at York University to embark on ambitious PhD projects !



Dr. Cristiano Micheli – Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-14)

  • Cristiano went on to work as Senior Research Scientist in the Neurocognitive Psychology Lab, Prof. Dr. Jochem Rieger, at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.
  • In the Attentional Control lab Cristiano has worked on joint projects with the Valiante lab, Epilepsy Neurosurgery Program at Toronto Western Hospital.


MSc Chen Shen , MSc Neuroscience graduate student (2011-14)

  • Chen now works outside academia at a prestigious insurance company in Toronto in the statistics department.



Dr. Daniel Kaping – Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-12)

Johanna Stucke – Research Assistant (2010-12)




Michelle Bale – MSc Neuroscience thesis (2009-11)

  • Michelle went to Medical School at Western University



Iman Janemi – MSc Neuroscience thesis (2009-11)

  • Iman went to Dental-Medical School at the University of Detroit