Agnieszka (Aga) Z Burzynska

Agnieszka (Aga) Z Burzynska, PhD. : Aga has a PhD in Psychology (Humboldt University, Berlin), MSc in Neuroscience, and BSc in Biotechnology. Born in Poland, she is an alumna of two International Max Planck Research Schools in Germany. She got her research experience at three Max Planck Institutes: Human Development in Berlin, Experimental Medicine, and Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen. Aga has lived in four countries, speaks four languages, and sailed the Atlantic. In her free time she works on her own brain reserve by exploring the Colorado outdoors on feet, skis, bike, or by hanging on a rope somewhere in the Poudre Canyon. She does wear a helmet.


Graduate Students

Yuqin (Jessy) Jiao

Yuqin (Jessy) Jiao: Yuqin is a second-year graduate student in Prevention Science MSc on route to obtaining her PhD in the Applied Developmental Sciences (ADS) Program. She received her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the Ohio State University in 2015, BSc in Biological Sciences, minor in Chemistry and B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University in 2013. Her current research interests focus on the links between main life occupational exposure to neurocognitive aging. In her free time, Yuqin enjoys reading (primarily Harry Potter books), painting, and hiking. She is also a self-proclaimed gourmet chef. Her goal for 2018 is to study hard, read more, and exercise more.


Research Assistants

Meagan Castle

Meagan Castle: Meagan is a second year undergraduate student studying Mind, Brain, and Behavior Psychology. She plans on attending graduate school studying Cognitive Neuroscience. She is involved in data collecting and analyzing for the Work, Retirement, and Brain Aging study. She is currently a member of the Colorado State Golden Poms Dance Team where she spends her free time cheering on the university’s athletic teams. One fun fact about Meagan is she is from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jane Gill

Jane Gill: Jane is a third-year undergraduate student expecting to graduate in the spring of 2018 with a BSc in Neuroscience. Jane plans on going to graduate school and work in public health using brain research to help improve the lives of large groups of people. Currently, Jane is working on a project studying the effects of objectively measured physical activity on hippocampal volume in older people. She is also involved in other projects in the lab, and her responsibilities include statistical analyses and data mining, data management, and participant contact and recruitment. In what little free time she has she loves rock climbing, skiing, and hiking.

Alexa Lenz

Alexa Lenz: Alexa is a senior studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Biomedical Sciences. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Luna, participating in barre classes, and traveling to new places! After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans on going on to medical school to obtain a career in pediatrics or women’s care. Currently, Alexa assists in participant recruitment, thesis writing, and data collection.

Elenoa McCabe

Elenoa McCabe: Elenoa is a senior studying Psychology, graduating in May 2018. She plans on attending graduate school to study applied health and wellness psychology. Currently, Elenoa’s responsibilities in the lab include statistical analyses, participant recruitment, and contact. She enjoys working out and lifting weights in her free time, as well as hiking, reading, and baking.

Sara Vlajic

Sara Vlajic: Sara will be graduating in May 2018 with a BSc in Biochemistry and a minor in Mathematics. Sara plans on going to graduate school to earn her MSc in Biostatistics and hopes to have a career in biomedical research. Currently, Sara is working on a project investigating the effects of diet on the white matter integrity of the fornix and parahippocampal gyrus. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and photography.

Alumni of BRAiN Lab

Megan Wadley (BSc Psychology, graduate student in Occupational Therapy, CSU)

Jenna Klippenstein (BSc in Psychology, 2017), currently a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of California, Riverside.