Agnès Lacreuse, PI

Agnès has more than 20 years experience working with nonhuman primates, including baboons, capuchins, rhesus monkeys and marmosets. She also contributes to research projects in chimpanzees. Her research investigates neurocognitive aging in nonhuman primates, with a specific emphasis on the effects of biological sex and sex hormones in modulating trajectories of age-related cognitive decline.
Agnès is a member of the Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program, the Initiative on Neurosciences, the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences.

Emily Rothwell, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Emily's research will focus on studying marmosets as a model species to understand menopausal symptoms. 

Emily completed her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the University of California-Davis in April, 2018. 

Melise Edwards

PhD Student in the NSB program

Mélise's research will focus on age-related cognitive decline and associated neuropathology in a primate model of Alzheimer's Disease. Other interests include sex differences in aging and the role of sex hormones in aging and cognition. 

Lacey Gillis, Lab Manager

Dual Degree Canidate in Neuroscience and Public Health

Lacey has been in the lab since Fall of 2018. In addition to being lab manager she is working alongside Dr. Rothwell looking at emotional reactivity, through heart rate ECG as a precursor for later Alzheimer's like pathology in Marmosets.  In the future Lacey intends to obtain an MD PHD with a focus in neuroscience. 

Jennifer Jeong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jennifer is an undergraduate student majoring in Pre-Vet. She has been working in the Lacreuse lab since Spring of 2019. She will conduct a Honors Thesis focusing on hippocampal gene expression next Fall.

Sam Lam

Undergraduate research assistant

Sam Lam is an undergraduate researcher in the Lacreuse lab. His research focuses on the relationship between sex hormones and changes in gene expression. He successfully defended his Honors thesis this summer !

Taylor Schmeizer

Undergraduate, B.S. Pre-Veterinary Science 2021

Taylor is a third year undergraduate student studying Pre-Veterinary Science. She has been working in the lab since Fall of 2018 and plans on completing her honors thesis in the Lacreuse lab with a focus on emotion in the marmosets. She is currently applying to veterinary school.  

Alexis Veautour

Undergraduate, B.S. Pre-Veterinary Science 2021

Alexis is an undergraduate researcher working on her honors thesis comparing sleep quality with cognitive peformance. She will be determing the relationship between sleep quality and decreased performance on cognitive testing as the marmosets age. Alexis is a senior applying to vetinary school.

Bryce Conner

Undergraduate Research Assistant, PsychNeuro Track

Bryce is a Senior studying Neuroscience. His interests include Alzheimer's research and promoting diversity and representation within STEM fields.

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Agnès Lacreuse, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

University of Massachusetts

Morrill IV North, 639 North Pleasant St

Amherst, MA 01003

​Telephone : 413-545-2183

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