Gagan Wig   |   Lab Director

Gagan WigAssistant 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

Curriculum Vitae
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Anu Nair   |   Lab Manager

/>Anu joined the Wig lab shortly after completing her M.Sc. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2017. Some of her research interests include learning how cognitive function changes with age, especially in the presence of pathology, and understanding how physiological processes can influence neural networks at rest, using novel brain imaging techniques. She hopes her experience in Dallas would groom her for advanced education in Cognitive Neuroscience. Outside of the lab, she enjoys outdoor activities, indulging her culinary interests and travelling.

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Micaela Chan   |   Postdoctoral Researcher

MChan_headshotMicaela 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.

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Liang Han   |   Doctoral Student

LXH_headshotLiang 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.

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Phillip Agres   |   Doctoral Student

PXA_120x180pxPhillip 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.
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Ashley Smith    |   Masters Student

Ashley graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in psychology with a concentration in research and counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2017. Ashley is currently a master’s student in the Cognitive and Neuroscience program at the University of Texas Dallas. Ashley’s general research area is cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging. Her research interests include neuroscience approaches to understand neurocognitive disorders and cognitive processes. Lately she has focused on neuroimaging editing for the use of parcellation and brain networks of the human brain. Outside of research Ashley spends time reading and with her family.
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Claudia Carreno    |   Research Assistant

Claudia received her B.A. in Psychology from Richmond, the American International University in London in 2016, and her M.S. in Applied Cognition & Neuroscience from UT Dallas in 2017. Her research interests include childhood and adolescent brain development, as well as psychiatric disorders. In her spare time, Claudia enjoys painting, playing guitar, and spoiling her dog.
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Neil Savalia – Lab Manager (2013-2017), presently MD/PhD student at Yale University.
Fahd Alhazmi – Masters Student (2014-2016), presently Neuroscience PhD student at City University of New York (CUNY).