NYU/UFL Team

Suzanne Dikker, PhD
Suzanne is a research scientist at NYU and Utrecht University. She studies how the brain predicts what might happen in our environment, and what drives brain-to-brain synchrony between people. She is also the Brain Educator of the American Museum of Natural History and she collaborates with various artists on projects that lie at interface of art and neuroscience. Read more about Suzanne here.
Lisa Kaggen 
Lisa is a lab manager for the Social Neuroscience and Social Perception and Evaluation labs at NYU where she studies the neural correlates of group membership, and how moral decision-making looks in group contexts. She is also excited about the possibility of integrating cognitive neuroscience into mainstream curricula in order to help students understand their individual learning styles better.
Lu Wan, MS 
Lu is a second-year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Mingzhou Ding at the University of Florida. Her research goal is to explore brain-to-brain synchrony using hyperscanning EEG. She is interested in brain signal processing and in developing novel methods of brain mapping and connectivity.
David Poeppel, PhD 
David Poeppel is a Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU and the Director of the Department of Neuroscience at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPIEA) in Frankfurt, Germany. Trained at MIT in cognitive science, linguistics, and neuroscience, Poeppel did his post-doctoral training at the University of California San Francisco, where he focused on functional brain imaging. Until 2008, he was a professor at the University of Maryland College Park, where he ran the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language laboratory. He has been a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies Berlin), the American Academy Berlin, and a guest professor at many institutions. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Visit David’s lab here.
Mingzhou Ding, PhD 
Mingzhou Ding is J Crayton Pruitt Family Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. His research interests include neural engineering, cognitive neuroscience, signal processing, and dynamical systems. His laboratory applies multimodal neuroimaging and engineering approaches to investigate neuronal mechanisms of higher brain functions and their impairments in neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Ido Davidesco, PhD 
Ido is a postdoctoral research fellow at NYU. He’s interested in the interface between neuroscience and education, namely how neuroscience research can be used to improve education. He’s also involved in several science outreach programs with the aim of making neuroscience knowledge more accessible to the general public.
Matthias Oostrik
Matthias is a computer artist, interaction designer and software developer based in Amsterdam. He creates installation works that explore the dynamic relation between people, science and technology. Read more about Matthias here.
Michael Rabadi
Michael is a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Program at NYU. He is interested in how the brain decodes visual information for the purpose of motor movements (i.e., forming the hand to grasp an object). He wants to apply his findings in neuroscience to develop brain-inspired robotic control systems.
Soha Ashrafi, PhD
Soha is a postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Langone Medical Center. She is interested in elucidating how neurons connect to form neural circuits during development, and ultimately understanding how these circuits underlie behavior. Her current research involves understanding the molecular basis for sleep regulation in Drosophila (the fruit fly). Soha is also a regular neuroscience educator and presenter at the American Museum of Natural History.
Masha Westerlund
Masha is a PhD student in Psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding the relationship between semantic memory and composition, which she studies using MEG. She’s also interesting in science education and in ways to improve science literacy. Read more about Masha here.