Archives for May 2016

Congratulations to Matt Tsai who was awarded the Brian Atwood Scholarship!

4Undergraduate 3rd year Matt Tsai was recently awarded the Brian Atwood Scholarship in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences at UCI. This scholarship is awarded to junior-level Biological Sciences majors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in both scholarship and service to the UCI community.

Matt’s interested in mental health have fueled his current research in the lab which explores mental health in college undergraduates. He is a true asset to our group and to UCI.

Congratulations, Matt!

Congratulations to Stephanie Leal on successfully defending her dissertation and earning her Ph.D.

Stephanie Leal recently defended her dissertation, completing her graduate studies and earning her doctorate degree. Dr. Leal’s dissertation work, Emotional Modulation of Episodic Memory and Translational Application to Aging and Depression-Related Cognitive Impairment focuses on how emotion modulates our memory and how this modulation changes over the course of aging and depression. During her time in the lab, Stephanie has been an exemplary and meticulous graduate student and scientist, a devoted mentor and a caring friend.

Dr. Leal has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. William Jagust where she will investigate the effect of tau and amyloid pathology on memory consolidation in cognitively normal aging.

We will miss Stephanie in Irvine but are excited to see her advance to the next chapter.

Congratulations, Dr. Leal!


If you are interested in finding out more about Stephanie’s research, below is a list of her publications.

Join Dr. Yassa at Oasis Senior Center May 10, 2016!

Join Dr. Yassa as he discusses the aging brain and changes in memory systems, Alzheimer’s dementia, how to differentiate dementia in the early stages from healthy aging, what we know about prevention strategies that may reduce risk for dementia, latest data on supplementation and physical and cognitive exercise.

When: Tuesday May 10, 2016, 6:00PM
Where: Oasis Senior Center |801 Narcissus Avenue, Corona Del Mar CA

RSVP to this FREE event by calling (949) 644-3244 or email

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