Alexandra RosatiAssistant Professor
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Alex is an assistant professor of Psychology and Anthropology. She received an AB in Psychology from Harvard, a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke, and completed postdoctoral research at Yale. She is interested in evolution, cognition and development.
Elisa FelschePostdoctoral Researcher
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Elisa is a postdoctoral fellow also working in collaboration the Kibale Chimpanzee Project. She conducted her PhD work on social learning and abstract rule formation in different primate species at the University of St Andrews. She is interested in the connection between primate cognition, behavior and hormones.
Francesca De PetrilloPostdoctoral Researcher
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Francesca is a postdoctoral fellow based at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. She received a PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Sapienza University of Rome. She is interested in the evolutionary origins of human economic behavior.
Megan MulhinchLab Coordinator
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Megan recieved a BS in Neuroscience from University of Michigan in 2019, and completed honors thesis in the Cognitive Evolution Group examining cooperation in humans. She is interested in primate social cognition and behavior.
Rosemary BettleGraduate Student (Biopsychology)
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Rosie is a fifth year graduate student. She received a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford, and an MA in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard. She is interested in the evolution of human social cognition, with a particular emphasis on cooperation and theory of mind.
Averill CantwellGraduate Student (Biopsychology)
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Averill is a second year graduate student. She received an AB in Government from Harvard, and previously studied primate social behavior, canine cognition, and neurodegenerative disease. She is interested in the evolution of cognitive flexibility and lifespan changes in cognition.
Melissa PainterGraduate Student (Biopsychology)
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Missy is a second year graduate student advised by Dr. Thore Bergman. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a M.S. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell. She is interested in primate vocal communication and social cognition in wild geladas and capuchins.
Rachna ReddyGraduate Student (Bioanthropology)
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Rachna is a seventh year graduate student in anthropology advised by Dr. John Mitani. She received her BA in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke. She studies wild chimpanzees and is interested in the evolution and development of social bonds.
Parvathy NairUndergraduate Thesis Student
Parvathy is a senior majoring in Neuroscience. She is interested in comparative health, aging, and cognition, and is conducting her honors thesis looking at the evolution of cognitive flexibility in lemurs. After college, she hopes to attend medical school and pursue neurology.
Ben CulpUndergraduate Research Assistant
Ben is a freshman at the University of Michigan on a pre-medical track. He is interested in the effects of intelligence on humans and non-human primates regarding behavior and social status. Ben plans to attend medical school in the future.
Lauren ErnstUndergraduate Research Assistant
Lauren is a sophomore at UM studying Economics and Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. She is interested in decision making and cooperation in humans and non-human primates.
Isabelle HasslundUndergraduate Research Assistant
Isabelle is a junior at UM studying Biology and Music. She is interested in the evolution of social cognition and cooperation, as well as health and conservation of nonhuman primates.
Safa MohamedUndergraduate Research Assistant
Safa is a senior at UM studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She is interested in primate social cognition, behavior, and decision-making skills. She hopes to study cognitive science in graduate school.
Rayna ShamahUndergraduate Research Assistant
Rayna is a junior at UM majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a minor in Environment. She is interested in decision making processes as well as the behavior and well-being of primates, and plans to attend graduate school.
Joanna ZhangUndergraduate Research Assistant
Joanna is a sophomore at UM pursuing a degree in Economics and Statistics. She is interested in social cognition and decision-making in humans and primates. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school.
- The Kibale Chimpanzee Project
- Joshua Buckholtz (Harvard University)
- Melissa Emery Thompson (University of New Mexico)
- Tony Goldberg (University of Wisconsin)
- Zarin Machanda (Tufts University)
- Kris Sabbi (Tufts University)
- Laurie Santos (Yale University)
- Felix Warneken (University of Michigan)
Cognitive Evolution Group alumni
- Gabrielle Bueno (Lab Coordinator, 2018-20) will be starting graduate school at UT Austin.
- Hayoung Chang (Honors thesis student; Harvard College ’18, Integrative Biology) is currently attending the Royal Veterinary College in London.
- Megan Cole (Lab Coordinator, 2016-18) is currently a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.