Our Team

Lab Director

Dr. Maggie Guy

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2014

Postdoc, University of South Carolina, 2014-2017

My research interests are in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience with an emphasis on the development of attention, information processing, and recognition memory in typically developing infants and infants at increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). My primary research aims are to define the developmental trajectory of social and nonsocial information processing in infancy, to identify neural mechanisms contributing to differences in responses to social and nonsocial stimuli, and to determine overlap and divergence within the development of information processing across infants at low and high risk for ASD.

Graduate Students

Asli Bursalioglu

I am a third year student in the developmental psychology program at Loyola University Chicago. My research interests consist of, but are not limited to, executive functions and their neural bases, as well as how these functions affect the progression of ASD. In my free time I enjoy traveling, exploring the city of Chicago, reading and spending time with friends.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Katya Aguilar

I am a senior undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago studying Psychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Biology. I am interested in developmental neuroscience and cognitive psychology and gaining experience working with children especially underrepresented minorities. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school. In my free time I enjoy traveling, community service, and spending time with friends and family.

Megan Alagna

I am a junior undergraduate at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience on the pre-med track. I am particularly interested in developmental factors surrounding infants at risk of autism spectrum disorder compared to typically developing infants. After graduation, I would like to attend medical school or do more research. I am originally from Chicago’s South Side, and in my free time I enjoy painting, reading, watching movies, and traveling.

Eli Au Buchon

I am a sophomore undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. In the future, I plan on working in healthcare. My hobbies include spending time with my cats, engaging with art around Chicago, and exploring nature.

Rachel Barbenente

I am a freshman undergraduate student majoring in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. In the future, I plan to attend medical school. During my time at Loyola, I plan on continuing research related to Neuroscience as well as gaining clinical experience. My passions include working with children and learning about cognitive/developmental disabilities. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running, and ice skating.

Trinity Bauer

I am a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Theology, on a pre-med track. I first became interested in neuroscience from working at a group home for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. I am especially interested in developmental neuroscience and computational cognition, and after graduation I would like to pursue acceptance to an MD/PhD dual degree program. My hobbies include yoga and exploring local coffee shops!

Rebecca DePiero

I am a senior undergraduate student studying Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. This is my last semester at Loyola, and I will be attending medical school in the fall! In my free time, I enjoy reading, doing yoga, and traveling. 

Nhi Duong

I am a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience and minoring in English, while on the premed track. After graduation, I hope to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. I am passionate about working with infants, children, and adolescents from underserved and underrepresented communities because of my own background. When I'm not studying or doing volunteer work, I love to bake and cook (and eat), chill with friends and family around my hometown of Chicago, and find inspiration to write on my blog.

Aleena Ferozuddin

I am a senior undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology while also on the pre-medical track. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school and hopefully travel to Europe. Some of my hobbies include painting, baking, traveling, and interior design! 

Mary Graebner

I am a junior undergraduate student studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at Loyola University Chicago. I am interested in developmental neuroscience and gaining experience working with infants and children. In my free time I enjoy exploring nature and traveling. In the future, I hope to become a physician assistant.

Olivia Hutchinson

I am a sophomore undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. After graduation, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree specializing in an area of neuroscience. I am really interested in developmental neuroscience and gaining more knowledge about neurological disorders. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hanging out with friends and baking! 

Batul Karimi

I am currently a junior undergraduate student studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology. In my free time, I like to travel, bake, and spend time with friends and family. After graduation, I plan on attending physician assistant school with the goal of practicing in dermatology or pediatrics!

Samia Khatoon

I am a junior undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school. My hobbies include reading, baking, binge-watching Netflix, and touring new coffee places.

Aleksandra Kostic 

I am a senior at Loyola University Chicago, studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology. After graduation, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy. I am passionate about working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and am currently working as an ABA Therapist for kiddos with ASD! Outside of school and work, I love seeing improv shows and hanging out with friends!

Bella Mershad 

I am a junior undergraduate student majoring in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience on the pre-medical track.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, traveling, and boxing.  My research interests are in developmental neuroscience and cognitive function in infancy.  After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in the medical field with my passion lying in pediatrics, specifically neonatology.  

Sunny Patel

I am a junior at Loyola University Chicago double majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Health Administrations. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in the medical field. My interests in neuroscience and psychology lie in further understanding how genetic disorders affect children on a behavioral and molecular level. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and playing basketball. 

Nadira Shabbir

I am a junior undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago, studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish. I am very interested in developmental neuroscience, specifically concerning children with learning disabilities. After I graduate, I plan on working as a CNA and performing independent research as well. I also hope to become a physician assistant in the future. I enjoy spending my free time reading books, binge-watching Netflix, learning the piano, and working out!

Lab Alumni

  • Sabina Hajdarovic (2018-2019)

  • Diana Mahlis (2018-2020)

  • Kerri Maselli (2018-2019)

  • Mudra Patel (2018-2019)

  • Maria Gonzalez Rodriguez (2020) 

  • Leighanna Sheran (2018)

  • Elizabeth Wolfgram (2018-2020)

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