Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. Affiliate member of the Institute of Neuroscience. Associate member of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.
In addition to science, I love spending time with my incredible wife and daughter, playing with our dog and tortoise, exploring the outdoors hiking, surfing, camping, skiing, and traveling, listening to and recording music, and attempting to cook.
Mitchell Fisher – Originally from Michigan where I completed my BS in Clinical Exercise Science at Grand Valley State University. Then I moved to Washington to pursue a MS in Exercise Science at Central Washington University. After teaching for a few years at CWU, I decided it was time to go back to school and shift my research focus to motor control. In my downtime I enjoy cycling, hiking, swimming and of course reading.
Hi, my name is Kelsey Kemmer and I am from Orange County, CA. I am a senior Human Physiology major with a minor in Spanish. Once I graduate, I plan on attending physical therapy school and eventually pursuing a career in neurological physical therapy. When I’m not studying, I love to be outdoors playing soccer, hiking, skiing and everything in between!
Hi! My name is Jessica O’Neill and I’m from Dallas, Texas. I’m a Human
Physiology major with a minor in Chemistry. After I graduate, I plan on
traveling for 6 months then applying to medical school in hopes of
becoming a pediatric neurologist and working with children who have
special needs. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and
family and traveling
Veronica Murgulescu– I am a sophomore Human Physiology major and Biochemistry minor on a pre-medical track. In the future, I hope to attend medical school and become a gastroenterologist. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, having long conversations about science, exploring my college town of Eugene, Oregon, and spending time with friends.
Hi! My name is Serena Orsinger and I’m from Eugene, Oregon. I’m a Human Physiology and French major and Chemistry minor with the goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon. I’m also passionate about climate activism and working towards a healthy and more sustainable world. In my free time I love traveling (whether it’s to a new country or within the great state of Oregon), hiking/exploring nature, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and reading!
Hoa Trinh – Originally from Haiphong, Vietnam. I am a senior Human Physiology major with a minor in Chemistry and Economics. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school and work in some humanitarian medicine. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, watch TV shows, or hanging out with friends.
Hi, my name is Kara Ormiston and I am from Orange County, CA. I am a junior Human Physiology major with a minor in Global Health. In the future I hope to attend physician assistant school and work in global health. In my downtime I enjoy camping, hiking, board games, and food!
Hi, I’m Isabella Utrecht and I am from Portland, Oregon! I am a sophomore Planning, Public Policy, and Management major with minors in Nonprofit Administration, Disability Studies, and Global Health. After college, I hope to get my Master of Public Health or a related master’s degree, so that I can work in either nonprofits or the public sector to make changes related to disability rights. In my free time, I enjoy traveling to new places, reading or writing, watching television, playing with my cat, or hanging out with friends.
Chris Horton – Originally from Portland, Oregon, I’m in my final year of an undergraduate degree in Human Physiology and Physics. Outside of school, I love reading, skiing, board games, and pole vault, which I coach at a local high school.
Collaborators & Colleagues
Remote & Former Students/Trainees
Hi, my name is Ethan Kizziar and I hail from Portland, Oregon. I graduate from UO with a major in Human Physiology and Spanish minor which will hopefully help me get into physical therapy school in the future! I’m currently working a researcher with Monica Perez at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab in Chicago, Ill!
Zeeya Aspandiar. When she is not catching up on work for her Human Anatomy and Physiology major, Zeeya writes for the Oregon Voice magazine and volunteers for the student-run nonprofit Rosie. In the future she hopes to work in humanitarian medicine and global health. A native of Beaverton, Oregon, she can be found playing with doggies, taking walks in the rain, reading classical literature, avoiding the gym, and getting a little too excited at Thursday Night Trivia.
Nick Jackson (former lab manager, now a graduate student at UT Austin) hails from Anchorage, AK and has a B.S. in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Mathematics, from University of Alaska, Anchorage. He’s interested in exploring the motor neurophysiology of skateboarding and eventually plans on pursuing behavioral neuroscience or biostatistics in graduate school. For fun, he enjoys skateboarding, photography, traveling, and daydreaming.
Sean Noah is currently a psychology graduate student at UC Davis, studying neural mechanisms of attention with Dr. Ron Mangun. He spends most of his time looking at EEG time series and neuroimaging data, and the rest of his time outside
Ana Sias graduated from UC Berkeley and is a graduate student at UCLA Interdepartmental PhD Program in Neuroscience.
Taylor Hulahan completed her honors thesis in Integrative Physiology at UC Berkeley where she examined the effects of head motion on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy measurements of GABA. She will be joining the Saha Laboratory at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA.
Shabnam Bonyadi graduated from UC Berkeley in Bioengineering and is now a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research project is to understand the effects of surface wear on the mechanical performance of hydrogels and cartilage.
Jason Samaha is a Ph.D. student at UW-Madison working with Brad Postle on the role of neural oscillations in perceptual awareness and in the top-down control over visual processing. Jason uses psychophysics, EEG/ECoG, computational modeling, and non-invasive brain stimulation in humans to address these questions.
Dylan Saks earned his Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, helping people with physical and psychiatric disability to meet important life outcomes. He is also working as a behavioral change guide at Triggr health ( https://triggrhealth.com) an app that provides 24/7 support to people with substance use challenges using evidence based behavioral change like motivational interviewing and CBT.
Derek Huffman received his Ph.D. from UC Irvine with Craig Stark, where he studied human memory using fMRI, computational modeling, and behavioral techniques. He is now working as a postdoc with Arne Ekstrom at UC Davis, and he is using immersive virtual reality, multivariate data analysis, and fMRI to elucidate the brain networks underlying human spatial memory.
Stuti Bansal is currently a second-year student at UC Berkeley, studying Neurobiology. She’s working as a research assistant in Kriegsfeld Lab, where they work with mice to determine the effects of disrupting circadian rhythms on reproductive systems, metabolic function, and behavior, among other things.