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  Austin Lui

Undergraduate Volunteer
Nuerobiology, Physiology and Behavior; Psychology
Email: alui@ucdavis.edu 

I am a fifth year undergraduate pursuing a degree in NPB (Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior) and a minor in psychology and another in chemistry. I am interested in how the brain functions at different biological levels (neural, synaptic, molecular, etc.) and how the body’s internal factors interact with external stimuli to result in an observed behavior. In the future, I would like go into the medical field while conducting research studies in the field of neuroscience and psychopathology. In my spare time, I like to workout, play basketball, and play the piano as well as the drums.


Shreya Gupta

Undergraduate Volunteer
Nerobiology, Physiology and Behavior; minor in Psychology
Email: ssgupta@ucdavis.edu

I am a third year at UC Davis who is pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior along with a Psychology minor. I joined the HERD Lab because of my interest in working with children. I enjoy seeing the way in which children develop and the factors that contribute to their growth.  I hope to be a pediatrician in the future. In my spare time, I like to draw, bake, and hang out with my family and friends. 


  Ana Hernandez Cortes

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology; minor in Chicano Studies
Email: ahernandezc@ucdavis.edu

I am a senior currently pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and minoring in Chicano Studies. The area of study that interests me the most is the psychological and emotional development of Latino children and other minorities, particularly how negative factors such as experiences of marginalization and stereotyping can affect a child throughout adolescence and into adulthood. I became interested in joining the HERD Lab because of my interests in child development in general, and the lab’s focus on exploring the factors contributing to children’s social and emotional development. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, traveling, baking, and communing with nature!

  Missy Batth

Undergraduate Volunteer
Nerobiology, Physiology and Behavior; minor in Psychology
Email: mkbatth@ucdavis.edu

I’m a sophomore majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior with a minor in Psychology. I’m fascinated by the way a child’s mind works and their ability to absorb new information so quickly. I look forward to attending Optometry school, and hope to become a clinical educator for students. In my spare time, I enjoy babysitting, baking, and cleaning!


Michelle Shi

Undergraduate Volunteer
Neurobiology, Phsyiology, and Behavior
Email: myyshi@ucdavis.edu

I’m a second year neurobiology, phsyiology, and behavior student. I joined the Herd Lab because of my interest in how parent/friend interactions and a child’s innate temperament contribute to the healthy emotional development and social competency that is critical to our adult lives. Eventually, I hope to use this knowledge to educate society about preventing maladaptive development as a pediatrician. In my spare time, I love to hike with friends, try new boba shops, and play with my fluffy cat


Adira Fogel

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology; Cognitive Science
Email: ajfogel@ucdavis.edu

I am a sophomore pursuing a BS in Psychology and BA in Cognitive Science. I joined the HERD Lab because I’ve always loved working with children and witnessing their growth firsthand. I think its fascinating to study the patterns in human development as well as the factors that make every individual unique. In the future, I hope to obtain a PHD and conduct research of my own. During my free time, I enjoy swimming, photography, and succulent gardening.


Jocelyn Lin

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology; Human Development
Email: jcelin@ucdavis.edu

I am a third year pursuing a B.S. in Human Development and a B.A. in Psychology. I want to pursue doing research specifically on intervention studies on adolescents, with focus on the intersectionality of risk factors and depression/anxiety. I am fascinated by how people’s behaviors are influenced by the combination of their development, environment, and genetics. Furthermore, I am intrigued by how risk factors and protective factors can alter the individual’s behavioral development. In my spare time I enjoy baking, singing, and doing special effects makeup.

Andrew Wayment

Human Development
Email: amwayment@ucdavis.edu

I am a recently graduated Human Development major from UC Davis and very excited to a part of the HERD lab. My interest in the HERD lab extends from my desire to better understand and communicate with special populations; at HERD we work specifically with children and adolescent populations. Having completed my undergraduate work I am now working full-time as an Emergency Room Technician and preparing for a career in medicine. In my spare time I enjoy white water kayaking and participating in triathlons.

Sneha Banka

Undergraduate Volunteer
Email: sbanka@ucdavis.edu

I am a fourth year Psychology B.S. major. I joined the HERD lab to learn more about the relationship between parent and child. I think studying the developing period of a child’s life is one of the most crucial points that can help us learn how parental factors during this developmental period mold the child’s future. I would love to learn more about the nature and nurture aspect of human development. My goal in the future is to specialize in psychiatry in the healthcare field and work with children and adolescents. A little about me: I am an animal lover, I enjoy reading, and I love to play tennis!