Meghana Bhatt (CV) came to the HNL in 2007. She is primarily interested in neuroeconomics, particularly pertaining to the neural basis of belief formation in social and strategic contexts. She graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Math in 2000 and worked briefly as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank. She then received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Social Science where she began using neuroscience to study the problems of belief formation and perception in strategic games as well as in response to cultural cues such as advertising.
Kimberlee D'Ardenne (CV) joined the HNL in June 2008 and is interested in studying reward processing in humans by using functional MRI to image the brainstem dopamine system. Kim graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, NC, with a B.S. in Chemistry. She then moved up north to Princeton University where she completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Neuroscience with Dr. Jonathan D. Cohen.
Ulrich Kirk (CV) became a member of the HNL in September 2008. He is interested in studying the neural effects of cognitive variables on valuation and decision-making particular in relation to aesthetic experience. Furthermore he is interested in studying the pathologies surrounding valuation and choice such as anhedonia. Prior to becoming a member of the lab, Ulrich graduated from University of Aarhus, Denmark with a MA in literature and aesthetics. An interest in the neural underpinnings of aesthetics enabled him to receive his Ph.D. at the Wellcome Laboratory of Neurobiology, University College London, where he studied the modularity of aesthetic processing and perception using fMRI.
Ken Kishida (CV) joined the HNL in August of 2006 and is interested in studying the neural mechanisms that give rise to our sense of autonomous agency and phenomenal experience. Furthermore, he is interested in understanding the neurobehavioral consequences of 1st person, conscious experience during complex social interactions; for instance, how two individuals can can have the same sensory stimulation and yet come away with polar-opposite perceptions and behavioral reactions. Ken received his Ph.D. from the department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine where his thesis entailed the investigation of cellular sources of reactive oxygen species required during hippocampal signal transduction, synaptic plasticity and hippocampus-dependent memory. He received his B.S. in genetics from the University of California, in Davis.