Principal Investigator

Xiaoqian Chai, Ph.D.  

Assistant Professor

Division of Cognitive Neurology, Department of Neurology

Johns Hopkins University

Email: xiaoqian.chai [at]

Lab Members

Ross Lawrence, Research Assistant

Email: rlawre18 [at]  

Ross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Melissa Eustache, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Email: meutac1 [at]  

Melissa is a Junior majoring in Neuroscience and Linguistics. General research topics that interest her involve the neural processes surrounding learning and memory, dementia and cognitive decline. Specifically, she is interested in the pathology and progression of neurodegenerative diseases that cause cognitive decline, especially in memory. As an aside, she is interested in how music can play a role in attenuating cognitive decline and dementia in general, and specifically when paired with treatment for neurodegeneration. Melissa eventually hopes to combine both of these interests through research and practice as a Cognitive Neurologist.

Jessica Cheng, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Email: scheng38 [at]  

Jessica is a freshman at Johns Hopkins University. She intends to major in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. 


Denise Klein

Zhenghan Qi

Noa Ofen

Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli

John Gabrieli

Lucia Jacobs

Dina Hirshfeld-Becker

Shanna Kousaie