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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.

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.

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.

As an undergraduate at Hamilton College, Benjamin Mittman studied how people think and feel about others. Now, as a member of the SaxeLab, he is using fNIRS to help investigate how babies use their brains to process and learn about their social environment. Besides studying infants' brains, he loves to hike and play piano.

Halie Olson is a graduate student at MIT who loves hanging out with kids and babies - and learning about their brains! She thinks it's really cool that a child's experiences and environment can affect how their brain develops, especially when they're acquiring language. Outside the lab, Halie enjoys running and cuddling with her dog, Winston.

Ashley Thomas is fascinated by why humans are so good at forming social relationships. She is also interested in the social relationship between her two Boston Terriers, Birdie and Pablo.

Jazmine Henderson's research interests are social and academic learning and development from early childhood throughout life. She is super excited to explore how early social learning can tell us more about how people learn later in life. 

Aiyedun Uzamere has always loved learning about how people work, from the way that they navigate social situations to how they make tough decisions. As a member of SaxeLab, he now hopes to learn more about those processes on a developmental level. Besides research, Aiyedun enjoys working on novels and tutoring elementary school kids.