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The Scientists

Professor Rebecca Saxe

Professor Rebecca Saxe is fascinated by human brain development: how our brains start as a tiny lump of cells, and grow into the organ of thought. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  In addition to studying brain development in the lab, she also watches it happen at home: she has two sons, born in 2013 and 2015.

Lindsey Powell

Lindsey Powell studies how infants think about the social world and what brain systems allow them to do so.  She spends a lot of time thinking about kids' brains outside the lab, too, as she tries to figure out what's going on inside the 3-year-old mind of her son.

Hilary Richardson

Hilary Richardson is fascinated by brain development: how does our brain change as we get older, and how does that support feats like imagining the minds of other people?  She recruits "MIT Junior Brain Scientists" (i.e. kids!) to help her by having their brain pictures taken.  For fun, she likes to read, do zumba, and spend time outside.

Heather Kosakowski

After serving in the Marine Corps, Heather Kosakowski  became fascinated with the brain and  mind. While raising her daughter, she earned a BA in neuroscience at Wellesley College.  These days she can often be found trying to unravel the mysteries of the infant brain and how it gives rise to the human mind.

Lynee Herrera

While Lyneé Alves was an undergraduate at Texas A&M, she used fNIRS to study how infants think and learn about objects and people.  In the Saxe lab, she hopes to investigate how infants use others' emotions to guide their own behavior using fNIRS and fMRI.  In her free time you can find her eating pastries or doing yoga!

Kerrie Greene is an undergraduate student at MIT. While balancing her coursework and extracurricular activities, she loves using her technical mind to think about one of science's most interesting unknowns, the developing brain. While much has been discovered, Kerrie hopes to find one of those unknowns during her time in the Saxe Lab. 

Patricia Gao has always been curious about how her siblings, raised so similarly, are so different. Though psychology and physiology courses answered some of her questions, she is excited to learn more about human development in this lab and as an undergraduate at MIT.

Emily Zhai is an undergraduate at Wellesley College majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Health and Society. After learning about criminal case studies, she became curious about the biological mechanisms behind human behavior beginning from infancy. She is eager to learn more about the functions of the brain!