Principle Investigator

The Translational Neuroimaging Lab at UCLA is directed by me, Dr. Nicole Petersen.

You can find my publications here.

I am recruiting research staff, graduate students, and postdocs. See the Positions tab above. Please join me and help build this research program from the ground up!


Graham Pilger is a lab research associate with diverse interests spanning from neuromodulation, neuropharmocology, psychotherapy, philosophy, and cognitive science. He also works part time as a consultant in psychedelic medicine. Originally from Western Massachusetts, he got his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he conducted research on morality, rivalry, and psychedelic drugs. He loves to explore nature and find obscure restaurants. He also is an avid home cook and has been a potter for more than 10 years.

Undergraduate volunteers

My name is Riley Russell. I am a 5th year from Orange County, California. My main interest in life is learning about anything and everything. This is especially the case concerning anything that deals in the realm of science. My favorite subjects of study are biology and psychology. Outside of academic interest I love putting what I learn to good use in the activities I choose to pursue. These include surfing, snowboarding, hiking, rapping, socializing, and pretty much any activities this world has to offer.

My name is Anthony Sun, and I’m a third year psychobiology student at UCLA. Going forward, I’d like to apply for medical school and eventually become a physician. My hobbies include badminton, video games, and looking at things online that I’ll never buy.

My name is Ishaa Diwakar. I’m a 3rd year Neuroscience student at UCLA. I’m very passionate about the brain and mental health, and I hope to eventually become a clinical psychologist. I also love to oil paint, go shopping, and listen to music (especially rock and metal).


Hello my name is Melanie and I’m fascinated by the human experience and the different means by which that experience can be communicated (e.g. language, neuroimaging, art, etc.). I like to learn and help others learn (which is why I work as a speech-language pathologist), because knowledge is power!