Myra Saraí Larson

Research Jr. Specialist
Office: 1413 Biological Sciences III
Phone: (949) 824-0314


Myra first forayed into neuroscience with a delightfully transformative introductory neuroscience class at the end of her third year at UC Irvine. She became so enraptured by all things neuroscience that she switched her major in Biological Sciences to Psychology in order to accommodate for as many neuroscience classes as possible, ultimately leading to 6 more neuroscience classes before earning her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Biological Sciences (and concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience) in 2017. Myra remained a true Anteater working as a Research Assistant in the summer of 2017 in the Yassa Lab, eventually becoming a Jr. Research Specialist in the lab by October. In her new position,  Myra manages recruitment and data collection for the NIA RO1 Amyloid and ADRC Project 1 grants, supervises and mentors undergraduates and high school volunteers,  and manages recruitment/data collection/data analysis for other smaller projects in the lab.  Inspired by her interactions with older adults from her work as a Jr. Research Specialist, Myra is now also Co-Chairs with Elena Dominguez on the CNLM Ambassador Program’s Older Adult Events Committee. Her research interests are in the underlying mechanisms of learning and memory, and changes in neural structure/function during normal aging and as a consequence of neurodegeneration or neuropsychiatric disorders.

Awards and Honors

2014 – 2017 Dean’s List University of California, Irvine
2012 – 2017 CIRI General Scholarship Award Recipient, Cook Inlet Region, Inc. Foundation


  • Gamma power in the medial temporal lobe and medial prefrontal cortex predicts error and learning in a spatial memory task.  Stevenson, Rebecca F., Janecek, John T.,  Zheng, Jie,  Larson, Myra S.,  Mnatsakanyan, Lilit,  Vadera, Sumeet,  Knight, Robert T., Lin, Jack J. &  Yassa, Michael A. Presented at the International Learning and Memory Conference 2018, Huntington Beach, CA.