Gagan Wig | Lab Director
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Center for Vital Longevity
1600 Viceroy Drive, Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75235
Neil Savalia | Lab Manager
Neil received his B.A. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. His research interests are in the structural and functional alterations to large-scale brain systems that underlie resilience during the aging process, and how individual differences in network dynamics may mediate downstream neuropsychological outcomes. In his free time, Neil can be found exploring Dallas-Fort Worth’s exciting music scenes, trying something new, or searching urgently for espresso. He also enjoys playing soccer, reading outside, binge-watching Doctor Who, and experimenting on guitar. Down the road, Neil intends to use his experiences in the CNL as a springboard for a career practicing medicine and continuing to study neuroscience.
Micaela Chan | Postdoctoral Researcher
Micaela received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D in Cognition and Neuroscience at UT Dallas, focusing on how age-related differences in the organization of large-scale functional brain networks influence cognitive performance. Her current research interest focuses on exploring whether the interaction between brain networks and psychosocial factors may inform treatment options for psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression). Besides research, she focuses on training in martial arts (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Krav Maga). All her research and training are fueled by coffee.
Liang Han | Doctoral Student
Liang earned his bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in Psychology from Qufu Normal University. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at UT Dallas. His research interests are to understand the functional parcellation of the human brain using resting-state fMRI and how brain area parcellation varies across the adult lifespan. In his spare time, he enjoys staying with his family, meditating and playing soccer.
Phillip Agres | Doctoral Student
Phillip received his B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University in 2011, and his M.S. in Applied Cognition & Neuroscience from UT Dallas in 2016. He is currently a PhD student in the Cognition & Neuroscience program at UT Dallas. His research interests include how large-scale functional brain networks give rise to complex cognitive function, particularly episodic memory, how these networks and cognition change across the lifespan and in disease, and their underlying brain anatomy. Outside of the lab, Phillip spends time pursuing his musical interests, watching basketball, hiking, exploring whatever city he’s currently in (Dallas), and traveling the U.S.
Fahd Alhazmi | Masters Student
Fahd received his B.S. in Software Engineering from King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, and is currently a master student in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at UT Dallas. His current research interests include how structural and functional brain networks can help us understand some diseases and complex cognitive processes. He is planning on pursuing a PhD degree in neuroscience focusing on the statistical and computational tools that are being used to disentangle the brain’s complexity. His life is mostly about learning and getting inspired by thoughtful readings, discussions, and ideas. That’s simply what he usually does outside of school: exploring.