People

Alec Solway

Alec Solway

Lab Director

Ph.D., Neuroscience, Princeton University

Claire Kaplan

Claire Kaplan

Graduate Student

Claire graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary. She is currently a 4th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program working with Dr. Alec Solway in his Computational Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychiatry Lab (CCNP). Her research utilizes a combination of neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, and advanced computational techniques to investigate neural circuit mechanisms and how these differ in psychiatric illnesses, such as anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

After graduating college, Claire moved to Taiwan for a year to study Mandarin-Chinese. She then worked as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health and at the Lieber Brain Institute for Brain Development at Johns Hopkins where her research explored the effective connectivity of key brain regions related to contextual learning and delusional beliefs in schizophrenia.

Zhen Lin

Zhen Lin

Research Assistant / Lab Manager

Zhen received a B.S. in Research and Experimental Psychology and a B.A. in Music from the University of California, Davis. Her work in the lab centers around programming computer-based experiments, recruiting and running participants, and helping with data analysis. At UC Davis, her research focused on how attention and temporal expectancies affect different aspects of musical experience, and how children with 22q deletion syndrome interact with their families. Zhen enjoys reading, playing different musical instruments and singing classical songs.

Sukriti Ghosh

Sukriti Ghosh

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sukriti is a senior majoring in bioengineering and minoring in neuroscience. Interested in both fields, she hopes to continue studying the intersection of the two after graduating. She has experience in bioengineering research labs both on and off the UMD campus, but this is her first neuroscience lab experience. In her prior work before joining the lab, she has helped create a hydrogel matrix to model the blood-brain barrier, and in another lab, worked on characterizing chemical interference of a common schizophrenia treatment, Clozapine. All of her previous work has had underlying neural implications, but never directly incorporated neuroscientific techniques. In the CCNP Lab, Sukriti is studying the neural correlates of decision making using EEG. She also currently works at the FDA in the Blood Damage lab where she investigates the effect of blood flow through medical devices on red blood cell damage (hemolysis). Other than studying the brain, Sukriti enjoys Indian Classical Dance and watching movies in her free time.

Ekansh Vinaik

Ekansh Vinaik

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ekansh is a sophomore majoring in computer science and psychology with a minor in business analytics. He is currently interning at Amazon, and is interested in machine learning and computer vision. Part of his other research projects include working with Dr. Amitabh Varshney and his team at the Maryland Blended Reality Center to develop VR/AR software and algorithms, and apply these to research projects. Ekansh is a part of the QUEST Honors Program in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and he is also a part of the departmental honors program in the Computer Science department.