, Lab Director

Dar earned his B.S. in biology from UCLA, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. After his Ph.D., Dar spent some time in New York working at advertising agencies like Ogilvy and Mather. More recently, Dar was a postdoctoral research scientist at Freie Universität Berlin. In his spare time, Dar thinks about the length of his pants.

Email: Dar Meshi


, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ceylan Özdem received her master’s degree in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München and her Ph.D. in Social Neuroscience from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In her free time, Ceylan observes human behavior in non-experimental settings, scrolls through koala pictures, and watches movies.

Email: Ceylan Özdem


, Research Assistant

Arsh is currently a freshman majoring in neuroscience. Originally from Canton, Michigan, and of Indian origin, Arsh hopes to one day work as a physician. His two biggest hobbies are competitive north Indian dance and baseball!




CARRIE FORREST, Research Assistant

Carrie is a sophomore majoring in both neuroscience and Spanish, and she hopes to continue conducting research when she finishes her degree. Carrie grew up in Rockford, Michigan, and in her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and singing along to music with her friends.



SMN Lab Alumni:
MAURA GLYNN, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2018