Dr. Freedberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. His expertise is in the cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory. Dr. Freedberg uses multimodal neuroscientific techniques, including repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and behavioral tasks, to develop targeted treatments to rescue memory in healthy older adults and patients with neurological disorders.
Nafiz Ishtiaque Ahmed
Nafiz is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. He completed his MSc. at the University of Ulsan, South Korea, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, 2021. In South Korea, Nafiz worked as a research assistant in a neural engineering lab. He is interested in memory, what cognitive and brain mechanisms support it, and how memories shape our experiences.
Cory Rebmann is a first-year Ph.D. student in Movement and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences. He received his M.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and two B.A. in Anthropology and Law and Justice from Central Washington University.
His research interests are in the areas of memory and memory interference. In addition, research interests include how physical activity can reduce memory interference, bioenergetics, neurotransmitters, and how physical activity can increase cognitive abilities. His current study involves investigating if learning information involving mixed probabilities contributes to memory interference.
Rahmawati is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She graduated from the Electrical Engineering department of ITN Malang, (Indonesia) with the honor of distinction in 2017. She then joined the Neural Engineering and Control Laboratory (NEC Lab) as a graduate research assistant and a master’s student at Kumoh National Institute of Technology – Gumi, South Korea. She worked on electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) to enhance visual capabilities in humans for her thesis and graduated with a Master’s degree in February 2020. Starting fall 2021 she is joining my lab and her research will be focusing on long-term memory assessment, and age-related memory loss with EEG and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), also she will apply transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for memory retrieval of young adults. She is an Indonesian and apart from her research she loves to do some activities such as basketball, badminton, and cooking.
Busra is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. She received her BA in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Turkey. Her research interests are multiple memory types and aging effects on memory interference. She enjoys cooking, kayaking, and volunteering activities in her community.
Lara Kamal is a second-year graduate student in Movement and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is interested in investigating the effects of aging on memory, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and neurological disorders. Her current research study investigates memory system interference between procedural memory and the wakeful consolidation of episodic memory in both younger and older adults.
Melanie Vieyra Cortez
Melanie currently assists Uttara Khatri with her brain state research which involves the use of TMS. Additionally, she observes Rahma’s EEG work which focuses on memory network interactions and skill retention. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school and continue research on neurological disorders and physical disabilities. She would love to work studying prosthetics using neuro-related technology.
Caitlyn Hermesch is a second-year student at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a B.S.A in Neuroscience with a certificate in Food and Society. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience and is currently assisting Cory Rebmann in his research on memory interference.
In the upcoming Fall 2023 semester, Dora Goldstein will enter her senior year as an undergraduate student. Dora is following the pre-med path and has chosen to major in Public Health while also pursuing a minor in business. Currently, she is assisting Busra Celik and Lara Kamal in their study related to procedural and declarative memory. In the future, Dora hopes to attend medical school while still pursuing research. During her free time, Dora enjoys reading, skiing, and traveling to new places.
Monique is a fourth-year Neuroscience major minoring in Educational Psychology. With an interest in cognitive neuroscience, she is exploring music and neural networks for her thesis research under the Polymathic Scholars Honors Program. She is currently assisting Cory Rebmann in his research examining interactions between procedural and declarative memory.
Yousuf is a fourth-year biology major minoring in computer science. He is interested in neuroscience and using various techniques such as TMS and fMRI to improve learning and memory. He is currently assisting Rahmawati with her research focused on understanding the interactions between declarative and procedural memory. In the future Yousuf hopes to attend medical school and continue research. Outside of school, Yousuf enjoys volunteering in the community, playing basketball, and exploring Austin.
Vian is a third-year biology major on the premed track. She joined the lab initially due to an interest in science in action on the macro scale (rather than working with cellular organisms). She is currently aiding Samantha Gonzalez in her research and exploring the interactions between episodic and semantic memory.
Samantha received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Texas. Her research interests are memory and memory systems interference. In addition, she is interested in the effects of age on memory, the effects of physical activity on cognition, and sensory motor system interactions. Her current research investigates how age impacts interference between episodic and procedural memory systems.