About me

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). I am a member of the MIND Data Science Lab at MGH/HMS and was a REC scholar of the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC). I primarily work with Prof. Sudeshna Das to understand different stages of dementia from multimodal data (e.g., electronic health record, MRI, blood plasma, etc.) using deep learning methods (e.g., Natural Language Processing).

I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences with a Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California Irvine. I was a member of the Spatial Neuroscience Lab. My Ph.D. advisor is Prof. Elizabeth R. Chrastil. During my gradute years, I studied human navigation and spatial cognition. I also worked with Prof. Jeffrey Krichmar on computational neuroscience modeling. Prior to this, I received my M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California Irvine, M.A. in Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara, and B.S. in Psychology from South China Normal University. My transdisciplinary background enables me to think about research questions across different scales.

Outside of research, I am a science communication advocator. While at UCI, I was the co-chair of the adult outreach committee of the UCI Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Ambassador Program where I promoted events to help people in the Irvine community to learn more about neuroscience. During my years at UCSB, I was a member of the geography outreach committee where I displayed augment reality sandbox during departmental outreach events to a various of audience. I am also passionate about data science. During graduate school, I was a data science project instructor at Coursera teaching interactive and fun guided projects to global learners.

I go by Lily :)