Dr. Itamar Lerner is a cognitive and computational neuroscientist and the Principal Investigator of the Sleep and Memory Computational Lab. His research interests include the effects of sleep on learning, hippocampal-dependent memory and its involvement in pattern recognition and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the brain mechanisms behind creativity and insight, associative processes in semantic memory in healthy and schizophrenic individuals, and language acquisition. Visit itamarlerner.com for additional information.
Emily has been an undergraduate Research Assistant in The Sleep and Memory Computational Lab since September of 2020. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she plans to pursue her MD. During her time as a Research Assistant she was given the opportunity to help set up the lab, review grant proposals and train incoming Research Assistants. Under Dr. Lerner’s leadership she has gained a deeper understanding of sleep and its function, as well as deepening her passion for research.
Sabrina is a freshman majoring in neuroscience and is on track to graduation in the Spring of 2025. After graduating she hopes to get her MD at a Texas Medical school. Sabrina is a new research assistant and is very excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of innovative and exciting research.
Caroline is an honors freshman majoring in Psychology and is a new research assistant in Dr. Lerners Lab as of Spring 2022. Caroline is really passionate about the field of psychology and medicine. After graduating in 2025, she wants to attend medical school in Texas. She recently got certified as an EMT and loves to help in emergency situations. She is very excited to learn more about sleep and the effects it has on memory, as well as gaining valuable experience in psychology research.
Alx recently joined The Sleep and Memory Computational Lab in Spring 2022, in hopes of gaining a greater understanding of the research process and the effects of sleep on neurological and physiological mechanisms. She is a first-year undergraduate student studying Neuroscience with a pre-med concentration. Alx plans to pursue an MD, with the goal of conducting research on the efficacy of accessible health care treatments and lifestyle decisions, and applying that research directly to patient care.
Kendell is a new research assistant starting in the Fall of 2022 semester and is excited to learn more about the research process in the sleep lab. She is a second-year undergraduate student who is majoring in psychology. After graduating, Kendell plans to pursue a master’s with the intention of getting more knowledge and experience in the field.
Hannah graduated from UTSA in the spring of 2022 with her BA in psychology. She is a new research assistant who is interested in getting more experience with research and learning more about how sleep affects the mind. In the near future, she plans on getting into a graduate program to earn a Psy.D. in clinical psychology.
Nathan is a first-year student in the Honors College majoring in Computer Science with plans to minor in Mathematics. He is interested in writing scripts for tasks and is fascinated by the work being done in The Sleep and Memory Computational Lab. Nathan is Security+ certified and hopes to obtain more certifications along his path to graduation in Spring 2026. After graduating, Nathan plans to pursue a career in Ethical Hacking.
Stephen is a first-year student at the University of Texas in San Antonio studying for a bachelor’s in psychology. Stephen is a double major in psychology and politics and law and is studying to become a relationships therapist with a focus on borderline personality disorder and chemical dependency. Over the summer, Stephen is an accounting intern at Cooper CPA Group.
Alexandra Lerma is an honors junior majoring in Neuroscience, currently serving as a research assistant in Dr. Lerner’s Lab since the spring of 2023. With an interest in dentistry, she has her sights set on applying to dental school upon graduating in 2025. Alexandra is deeply enthusiastic about delving into the realm of sleep research!
Joann Phelps is a new research assistant joining in the Summer of 2023 with the desire to deepen her understanding of sleep, improve research abilities in human studies, and gain new coding experiences. She is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience, with the hopes of getting a Ph.D. and D.D.S. from UT Health in San Antonio after graduation. Joann wants to dedicate her life to sleep medicine dentistry and conducting research in early interventions for neurodegenerative disease by addressing facial maldevelopment.
Emerson is a second-year student at University of Texas in San Antonio studying for his master’s in psychology. Emerson is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He attended University of Mobile, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Organic Chemistry. In addition, he received a Master of Science in Biology from Auburn University. Emerson is interested in understanding the biological mechanisms involved in the role sleep plays in the development of stress and trauma, along with subsequent disorders that may arise, such as PTSD.
Sarah is a second-year master’s student in The Sleep and Memory Computational Lab, which she joined in June 2020. Under Dr. Lerner’s supervision, she is working on her Master’s thesis examining how sleep affects temporal pattern recognition and insight, and particularly how slow-wave sleep during naps influence the integration of proximal events into a single memory. She is excited to continue fulfilling her passion for research and psychology!