Members

Hongjoo Joanne Lee
leehj@austin.utexas.edu

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology with a Behavioral Neuroscience emphasis from Yale University under the direction of Dr. Jeansok J. Kim (currently at the University of Washington). My doctoral research was focused on the role of the amygdala in fear learning and how stress modulates learning and memory. For my postdoctoral training, I worked with Drs. Michela Gallagher and Peter Holland in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University. My primary research goal has been to use a multidisciplinary approach to understand amygdala-dopamine systems in learning and memory, and applying this knowledge to better understand the nature of emotional and cognitive problems seen among people with neurological disorders. In particular, my current research focuses on examining the nature of cognitive functions (e.g. attention) in which the amygdala central nucleus and substantia nigra circuits are involved.

 

Emily Hilz, graduate student
ehilz@utexas.edu

I received my BS in Psychology and Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas in 2016. Working with Dr. Lee, the main focus of my research is the role endogenous female hormones such as estradiol play in modulating context information processing. Together we have shown that the rat estrous cycle (analogous to the human menstrual cycle) can influence context-dependent behavior and alters activity across a multitude of brain regions which support context learning and memory. In 2019 I joined the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research; my interest in female hormones and the estrous cycle has spread to addiction and my research in this topic is primarily in examining individual differences in drug-proclivity among females.

 

Jeannie Hong, undergraduate student
hong.yi@utexas.edu