Principal Investigator

Martin M. Monti, Ph.D.

Ideator, Creator, and Supreme Ruler of the MontiLab.

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Postdoctoral Scholar 

Daniel Toker, Ph.D

Lord of Chaos

Working on: Using graph theory, information theory, and nonlinear dynamics to characterize what’s happening in the brain whenever it’s unconscious – be it from seizures, anesthesia, or traumatic brain injury. 

Graduate Students

ch2betZoe Lee, 4th year PhD Student

GS in the Cognitive Neuroscience program


Amber Hopkins, 3rd year PhD Student

Countess of Consciousness (GS in the Cognitive Neuroscience program)

Working on: Combining non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, including TUS and TMS, with neuroimgaing methods, including MRI and EEG, to investigate how subcortical and cortical structures interact to support consciousness. 


Sonya Ashikyan, 2nd year PhD Student

Queen of Cognition

Working on: Investigating mild traumatic brain injuries and cognitive impairments using MRI. Understanding the relationship of language and theory of mind processes in the Broca’s area using TMS and MRI.


Norman Spivak, 3rd year MD-PhD Student

Emperor of Echoencephalography 

Working on: Developing novel MR sequences to visualize ultrasound waves; Exploring the safety and efficacy of focused ultrasound as a neuropsychiatric intervention

Former Lab Members

Alessandra Dallavecchia, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCLA



Giacomo Bertazzoli, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital



Micah Johnson, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University 



Sienmi-Evan-409Evan S. Lutkenhoff, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist at Magnus Medical



Federico Micheli





Jeff Chiang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at UCLA in Department of Neurosurgery




John Coetzee, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Palo Alto Veteran Affairs 



Julia Sophia Crone, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist at University of Vienna 



Amy Zheng, Ph.D.




John Dell’Italia, Ph.D.



Josh Cain, Ph.D.




Joel Frohlich, Ph.D




Branden Bio

MontiLab RA (Currently a graduate student at Princeton University)




Matthew Rosenberg

MontiLab RA (Currently a graduate student at CalTech)




Shawn M. Callahan

UG student at UCLA




Liz Brinson

UG student at UCLA