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 first-year graduate student in Prevention Science MSc on route to obtaining her PhD. 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 occupational history and neurocognitive aging. In her free time, Yuqin enjoys reading (primarily Harry Potter books), painting, and hiking. She is also a self-proclaimed gourmet chef.


Research Assistants

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.

Jenna Klippenstein

Jenna Klippenstein: Jenna will be graduating (BSc in Psychology) in May 2017. From there, she will be attending a graduate program in Cognitive Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, starting Fall 2017. She is interested in relating measures of cognitive performance to brain structure and function in aging populations. She has a specific interest in white matter tracts of the brain and would like to use diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as a method of study in her future work.

Currently, Jenna is working on a project investigating the effects of physical activity on hippocampal volume. In her spare time, she enjoys taking hikes through the Colorado Rockies. She is also interested in photography and spends a lot of her time in the mountains taking pictures.

Grant Haley

Grant Haley: Grant is a sophomore studying Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience with a minor in Biochemistry. He enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially triathlon training, rock climbing, skiing and rafting. He is planning on going on to medical school after obtaining his undergraduate degree to become a genetic counselor or surgeon. Currently, Grant assists in data analyses, participant recruitment, and data collection in the “OLD and BOLD” study.

Yun Zhang

Yun Zhang: Yun Zhang is a fifth-year senior undergraduate student studying Biology as his major with a Mathematics minor. He has learned Python to apply to computer algorithms in machine learning to discover the information behind the large amount of biological experimental data. He is currently working on predicting outcomes of lifestyle interventions in older adults from structural and functional brain images. Leo loves beer. He thinks alcohol could help him stop his over thinking and help him be more relaxed.

Alumni of BRAiN Lab

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