Research Assistants

Albert Cheng
Research Assistant

Hi my name is Albert and I’m a 4th year Psychology major and I love babies! It is an extreme honor to be a part of a lab that not only gives me the opportunity to conduct field revolutionizing research, but also the utmost privilege of spending a lot of time making silly faces, babbling and playing with our youngster participants. During my free time, catch me watching chiropractic adjustment videos on YouTube, tagging people in memes, or FaceTiming my doggo 🙂

Aline Deerman
Research Assistant

Hi, my name is Aline and I moved to Los Angeles last year after graduating from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. I have been working with children for several years and my goal is to become an occupational therapist. Working at the UCLA Baby Lab is the perfect opportunity to learn how to conduct research, work on a great team and meet a lot of cute babies! Outside the lab I volunteer at the hospital, write stories, play piano and explore LA on my road bike.  

Aaron Gonzales
Research Assistant

Hey, I am Aaron Gonzales and I am a double major in Math of Computation and Cognitive Science I have an interest in perceptual development which has lead me here. UCLA Baby Lab has provided me an opportunity to work (and play!) with kids and get a better understanding of how we as humans develop. Outside of the Baby Lab I work with Artificial Intelligence where I hope to blend theories prevalent in Cog. Sci. with machine learning algorithms to create a more holistic approach to pattern recognition and problem solving. Other than that I enjoy studying, training and teaching Jiu-Jitsu, and taking cat naps whenever possible.

Mira Grebennik
Research Assistant

Hello! My name is Mira Grebennik and I am a second year Human Biology and Society major on the pre-med track. From experience with caring for my much younger siblings to working at Russian summer camps, I have been working with children for years and absolutely love it.  I am fluent in English and Russian and hoping to learn some more languages in the upcoming years. Working at the UCLA Baby Lab has given me an incredible opportunity to find out more about infants and their fascinating minds. Outside of the lab you can find me studying, playing water polo, drawing, backpacking, and exploring new coffee shops.  

Genessa Ibach
Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Genessa, and I am a fourth year Psychology major. Working with kids has always been a privilege I am grateful to have had. As my first job during my freshman year, I worked as a teacher’s assistant for toddlers. Their energy and excitement for the smallest things, whether it was reading a book or building sand castles, enriched my life. Becoming a Research Assistant in the Baby Lab has only further ignited my passion for kids. I aspire to become a physician’s assistant and specialize in pediatrics or family medicine. When I am not working with children or studying, I like going to the beach. I also love talking to people and I’m always down for an adventure.

Stella Lee
Research Assistant

Hello! My name is Stella and I am a third year Physiological Science major. I hope to one day become either a pediatrician or a physicians assistant specializing in pediatrics or neonatology. I have always had a passion for working with children because in high school I served as a Physical Education teacher for a summer school and I was also greatly involved as a tutor. UCLA Baby Lab has offered me the opportunity to learn about infant and child development, while also gaining knowledge on the research aspect of conducting studies. Number one on my bucket list is to visit the Floating Lantern Festival in Thailand!

Shiyang Helen Lu
Research Assistant

Hi! This is Shiyang Lu from Shenzhen, China (feel free to call me Helen). I am a fourth-year Psychology and Linguistics double major and I speak English, Mandarin, and a little bit of Italian. I can also understand Cantonese. I am interested in child language and cognitive development and I plan to go to graduate school in Psychology. Petting adorable kittens, binge-watching Netflix, and spending time with my family and friends are my three keenest pastimes.

Nora McNulty
Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Nora and I’m a 2nd year double major in Psychology and Communications. I have always loved working with children, from nannying all throughout middle and high school and now at the Baby Lab! I hope to enter a career that involves working with kids in some form. When I’m not in the lab, you can find me studying for classes, writing, hanging out with my sorority, or running around Westwood!

Feyisayo Ojute
Research Assistant

Hi 🙂 My name is Feyisayo Ojute (aka Fey) and I am a third year Psychobiology major. I love working with children and have always had a special empathy for those that are born with physical deformities. That’s why I hope to one day become a reconstructive plastic surgeon, helping children here in the States and in less privileged countries to love their image and to live normal, happy lives. Physical deformities can have detrimental psychological effects, and working at the UCLA Baby Lab helps me have a deeper understanding of a child’s cognitive development; hopefully one day I can apply the knowledge I learn at the lab to better serve my patients. Outside of the lab (and academic responsibilities), I love being involved in church activities, spending time with friends and family, reading, eating, and watching Netflix or Spongebob. 

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Renee Reinberg
Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Renee and I’m a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in Film and Television. I have been babysitting and volunteering with children for years and have always loved working with young kids. During a psychology class on child development I was offered the chance to work at the UCLA Baby Lab and I have been so glad to have this opportunity to understand and conduct research studies involving children. I hope to become an occupational therapist and continue working with children and young people in the future.

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William Tsai
Research Assistant

Hello everyone! This is Will Tsai, and I’m a third year Psychobiology major hoping to study medicine and become a Pediatrician in the future. What draws me to children the most is their joy, curiosity, and wide-eyed stare downs. I’m extremely fortunate to be a part of the UCLA Baby Lab, where every day I’m gaining more insight on both the joys and the challenges that come with working with children. When I’m not in the lab or not studying (which is more often than I should be…), you can find me on the basketball courts or rock wall, jamming out on the cello, guitar, ukele, trombone, or piano, sitting on the couch reading a book, …. but most likely… asleep in my warm, comfy, cozy bed.

Maddy Tucker
Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Maddy Tucker and I’m a third-year Psychobiology major. I feel so fortunate to be given the opportunity to work so closely with babies everyday at the UCLA Baby Lab. In the future I hope to become a neonatal physician to continue working with newborns and infants. Outside of the lab, I am a part of a dance company on campus called Icarus Contemporary, and I am serving as this year’s Internal Director.

 

JoAnna Yortiss
Research Assistant

Hey there! My name is JoAnna and I am a 2nd year Psychobiology major interested in a career in Optometry with a passion for working with children and people in general. Getting involved with the Baby Lab has integrated my love of interacting with kids and my interest in the fascinating research behind childrens’ learning and development. If I’m not in the Lab studying adorable and curious babies, you can find me at the pool! Along with my passion for the water, I enjoy working with all ages, as I have coached various novice aquatics teams like swim team, water polo, and springboard diving for kids 7-17 years old. However, there’s nothing like the sweet babbling sound of enthusiastic babies and the learning experiences that come from the youngesters in this lab!

 

Brianna Andrade
Research Assistant

My name is Brianna Andrade and I am a fourth year Psychology major and Chicana/o Studies minor. I enjoy listening to music, dancing, and going to the beach. I am also very passionate about working with children because of their imagination, innocence, and creativity. Prior to joining the UCLA Baby Lab I had experience as a Los Angeles Student Educational Outreach (LASEO) mentor for youth at Berendo Middle School, and as a K- 6 summer school tutor in my hometown in Fresno. Because I enjoy being surrounded by children, my experience at the UCLA Baby Lab has been amazing! I have gained a deeper understanding on child development and have met the friendliest, down-to-earth people along the way.