Jai Y. Yu Principal Investigator

Jai Yu performed postdoctoral research with Loren Frank at the University of California San Francisco, where he used in vivo electrophysiology to investigate the relationship between coordinated hippocampal-cortical activity and memory. As a data scientist at a startup in the San Francisco Bay Area, he analyzed clinical and device data for the development of wearable bioelectronic neuromodulation therapies. For his graduate research with Barry Dickson at the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, Austria, he used genetic and imaging methods to map a neural circuit in the Drosophila brain. He received a BBiomedSc and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

 Zac Leveroni Research Associate

Zac studied philosophy and the history of math and science at St. John’s College, Annapolis. His studies there fostered a curiosity with the mind and a reverence for empiricism, which combined led him to the field of neuroscience. Zac was awarded a Hodson Fellowship from St. John’s College prior to his current role.


 Nan Zhou PhD Student

Nan is a 1st year PhD student in the Integrative Neuroscience program. She completed her BA in Chinese Language & Literature at Wuhan University and her MEd at Zhengzhou University. Prior to joining the lab, she received her MA in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and worked as an RA in the Affect and Cognition Lab under the guidance of Dr. Adam Anderson and Dr. Eve De Rosa. She is currently interested in how the brain forms memories from individual experiences and the neural mechanisms involved in these processes.


 Caitlyn Tien Data Science Intern

Caitlyn is currently a 4th-year studying economics and computer science at the University of Chicago. Her interest in data science brought her to the lab as she is curious to explore its application in many different fields. Post-graduation, she aspires to be a consultant focused in data science and analytics.



 Aazer Siddiqui Data Science Intern

Aazer is a 3rd-year studying philosophy and computer science in the College at the University of Chicago. A lifelong preoccupation with how we learn and a deep scientific background drew him to the lab. He is currently constructing an analysis pipeline and gaining experience with neural data and computational techniques in neuroscience that will support his interest in human and artificial intelligence.


Join the lab!

We welcome creative and motivated students. Send an email to Jai Yu. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply to the Department of Psychology Graduate Program