Lab Members

 Principal Investigator


Dr. Lara Maria Rangel received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2012.  She conducted her postdoctoral work in the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative, based at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she investigated the rhythmic coordination of neural spiking activity in the rodent hippocampus. In 2015, she became a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSD, and began investigating the relationship between local circuit level processes in the brain and extracranially measured brain rhythms. Her research tests whether rhythmic activity is important for coordinating the processing of information in organized networks of neurons. Her goal is to provide new insight into the single cell interactions underlying the occurrence of brain rhythms measured in rodents and humans.

Graduate Students


Simon graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Machine Learning and Neural Computation from the University of California, San Diego in 2022. He is interested in relating single cell, local field potential, and electroencephalography (EEG) signals in sensory systems in order to better understand the neurobiological underpinnings of EEG signals. He past and current work focuses on steady-state potentials in visual and auditory systems.



Scott graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2023. He is interested in the neural mechanisms of empathy and prosocial behaviors. His current work focuses on dynamic interactions within reward and interoceptive systems that promote prosocial behaviors in rats.

Research Assistants


Chris received his A.A. in General Science from Santa Monica College and graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in Biology from UCSD in 2021. He is interested in decoding the neuronal mechanisms behind cognitive processes in efforts to help translational researchers develop new biomarkers and treatments for cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders. He is currently investigating how neural oscillations in hippocampal regions mediate associative memory processing.

Undergraduate Students

Trinity Gao

Veronica Hernandez

Athena Leisching

Kaushika Uppu

Ian Zane


Dr. Pamela Rivière

Dr. Teryn Johnson

Mia Borzello

Yufei Ge

Luowen Yu

Diana Presas-Ramos

William Supian

Jialin Wang

Austin Gallagher

Vani Taluja

Jerry Scott

Marisa Grams

Theodoros Kapogianis

Nicholas Peterson

Sitarah Zemar

The original lab members during construction of the lab (left to right: Dr. Teryn Johnson, Jerry Scott, Dr. Lara Rangel, and Dr. Pamela Rivière). We enjoy a diversity of perspective. We believe it is important to help each other out.