Lab PI

Edward Ester, Ph.D

Eddie is interested in how the brain represents information in a flexible manner in order to support efficient decision making. Prior to joining the faculty at FAU he was a graduate student at the University of Oregon and a postdoc at UC San Diego. In his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling, sports, music, beer, and video games. Click here for a copy of his CV.

Graduate Students

Asal Nouri, BS

Asal is a second year PhD student in FAU Brain Institute Graduate Neuroscience Training program. She received her BS in Psychology from The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research interests lie at the intersection of perception and memory. In her spare time Asal enjoys music, reading, cooking, and cats. 

Paige Pytel, BA

Paige is a second year student in the Master's program in the Department of Psychology. Prior to joining the lab, she was an undergraduate volunteer and lab manager in Dr. Summer Sheremata's lab here at FAU. Her research interests focus on how attention and short-term memory contribute to how people perceive objects and integrated scenes. In her spare time, Paige enjoys music, hanging out with animals, playing video games, and exploring Florida’s natural areas and abandoned buildings. 

Subhosit Ray, MS

Subhosit is a second-year Ph.D student in the Psychology program. 

Lab Manager

Ashley DiPuma, BS

Ashley is a volunteer research assistant who recently graduated from FAU with degrees from the Neuroscience & Behavior and Chemistry programs. She plans to continue her education at FAU as a graduate student in the fall of 2019. Her research interests include neurochemistry, neurodegeneration, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Her hobbies include reading, playing video games, and crocheting.

Undergraduate Students

Kelly Rivera

Kelly is a student in the Neuroscience and Behavior program. Her research interests focus on the biological bases of cognitive function following brain injury. After graduating from FAU she hopes to continue her training as a clinician-scientist in a joint MD-Ph.D program. Her hobbies include art, yoga, meditation, reading, and writing. 

Lab Mascot

Jezebelle (Ph.Dog)

Jezebelle is a 4th year (old) student whose interests in visual perception include predictive coding (as it relates to the appearance of food), naive physics (as it relates to the flight paths of sticks/balls), circadian effects on cognition (as it relates to how early she should wake up her human charges), and the effects of frequent naps on dognition. 


Kohlton Bendowski (2017-2018; Graduate Student, UCF)

Jordan Camp (2017-2018; Medical Student, Ross University). 

Tayna Latortue (2017-2018; Medical Student, U. Miami)

Laura Rodriguez (2017-2019; Medical Student, U. Miami)

Jennifer Biondo (2018-2019)


Rosie Cowell (UMass)

Sammy Hong (FAU)

Erica Musser (Florida International University)

Summer Sheremata (FAU)

Fabian Soto (Florida International University)

Tommy Sprague (UC Santa Barbara)

Weiwei Zhang (UC Riverside)