Morgan Barense, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair

Office phone: (416) 978-5429

Morgan received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK. She remained in Cambridge for her postdoctoral work to undertake a Peterhouse Research Fellowship. She joined the faculty at the University of Toronto in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. She currently directs the Toronto Neuroimaging Facility. She has been trained in animal neuroscience, human neuropsychology, fMRI, and cognitive psychology and enjoys bringing these approaches together to study the neural underpinnings of memory.

She has been honoured with a number of domestic and international awards, including a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario, an Early Investigator Award and Lifetime Fellowship from the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and an Early Career Award from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science.


Jackson Liang
Jackson LiangPh.D.
I am a postdoctoral fellow with Morgan Barense. My interest in studying the brain began at the University of California, Berkeley, where I received a B.A. in Neurobiology. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, where I examined category-level memory representations within the human medial temporal lobe. My current research interest is in understanding how the brain incorporates spatial and temporal context into the formation of complex object representations. I am an avid tennis player, pianist, and I enjoy playing board games and chasing my dog around in the snow.
Christopher Martin
Christopher MartinPh.D.
I’m a postdoc in the Memory and Perception Lab, and I use fMRI and behavioural methods to examine the relationship between visual perception and the corresponding abstraction of conceptual knowledge. I am also interested in translational research aimed at bridging gaps between cognitive neuroscience, evidence-based memory rehabilitation, and wearable technology. Prior to joining the lab, I completed my Ph.D. at Western University where I used fMRI to probe links between memory signals in the medial temporal lobe and visual cognition more broadly.


Celia Fidalgo
Celia FidalgoM.A.
I joined the lab in 2013. I obtained an honors specialization degree (BSc) in psychology from Western University, where I examined the physiological processes involved in recognition memory. I am generally interested in memory and perception, and my research involves studying the neural correlates of these processes using various behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. Outside the lab I enjoy long distance running, cooking and travelling.
Iva Brunec
Iva BrunecM.A.
I am co-supervised by Dr Morgan Barense and Dr Morris Moscovitch. I’m interested in understanding how time is represented by the hippocampus, and how this representation might interact with the neural mechanisms supporting spatial information. Before moving to Toronto, I received my BSc in psychology from University College London, where my research focused on spatial navigation and memory. Outside of the lab, I love to travel, read, and run.
Aedan (Yue) Li
Aedan (Yue) Li
I joined the Barense lab as a graduate student in 2016 after completing a BSc in Psychology at University of Toronto Scarborough. I am interested in using neuroimaging to examine multisensory integration, specifically how the brain combines information from different modalities to form a coherent representation of our world. Eventually, through this research, I hope to understand the neural basis of consciousness. My hobbies include playing board games with friends, digital art, and exploring nature.
Bryan Hong
Bryan Hong
I completed my undergraduate studies in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Toronto before joining the lab as a graduate student in 2016. I am interested in the effects of visual interference on object processing and the role of the hippocampus on autobiographical memory, especially in populations with memory impairments. Currently, I am working on creating a device that is designed to help improve autobiographical memory in older adults. In my free time you can probably find me reading a good book, checking out new bands at a local show, or digging through old vinyl at a record store.


Valentina Mihajlovic
Valentina Mihajlovic
I began working with Dr. Barense in 2014, and am currently completing my BSc in Psychology and Physiology at the University of Toronto. In the future, I plan to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, dance, and learning new languages.



Postdoctoral fellows & graduate students:

Danielle Douglas, Ph.D.

2011-2016: Graduate student
Present: Assistant professor, Mount Allison University

Lok-Kin Yeung

2010-2016: Graduate student
Present: Postdoctoral fellow, Taub Institute, Columbia University Medical Center

Ryan Stevenson, Ph.D.

2013-2016: Postdoctoral fellow
Present: Assistant professor, Western University

Rachel Newsome, Ph.D.

2010-2015: Graduate student
Present: Postdoctoral fellow, Rotman Research Institute

Jonathan Erez, Ph.D.

2009-2015: Graduate student
Present: Postdoctoral fellow, Western University

Victoria McLelland, Ph.D.

2013-2014: Postdoctoral fellow
Present: Postdoctoral fellow, The Hospital for Sick Children

Iris Groen, Ph.D.

2008-2009: Master’s student
Present: Postdoctoral fellow, National Institutes of Mental Health

Undergraduate students:

Louisa Man

2013-2016: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Clinical Psychology, Queen’s University

Sara Pishdadian

2014-2016: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Clinical Psychology, York University

Anna Keshabyan

2014-2016: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Applied Psychology, Memorial University

Felicia Zhang

2013-2015: Honors thesis student
Present: Graduate student, Psychology, Princeton University

Victoria Smith

2013-2015: Lab manager and Research assistant
Present: Lab manager, Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, York University

Naomi Hazlett

2014-2015: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto

Alina Guna

2011-2014: Lab manager
Present: Graduate student, Molecular Biology, Cambridge University

Alex Jacob

2014: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Psychology, University of Toronto

William Kendall

2010-2013: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Cognitive Science, University of British Columbia

Lev Tankelevitch

2010-2013: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Neuroscience, Oxford University

Alexandra Trelle

2011-2012: Lab manager
Present: Graduate student, Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge

Sinead Brady

2011-2012: Research assistant
Present: Adaptive Brain Communications Fellow, Oxford University

Wendy Xin

2011-2012: Mini-thesis student
Present: Graduate student, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

Robin Nguyen

2010-2011: Lab manager
Present: Graduate student, Psychology, University of Toronto

Joan Ngo

2008-2009: Research assistant
Present: Graduate student, Psychology, University of Toronto