It takes a talent, dedication, and inspiration to bring people together

Meet Our Team


Michael Yassa, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A. and M.A., Johns Hopkins University

Ph: (949) 824-1687  |  Email:  |  Office: 320 QRL


Manuella Oliveira Yassa, B.A.
Director of Outreach and Education

B.A., Johns Hopkins University

Ph.D. in progress, University of California, Irvine

Manuella was born in Brazil and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her Bachelor's degree in neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University, followed by advanced training at JHU’s School of Education. She then worked as a middle school science teacher in Baltimore’s inner city public school system. This experience was a major influence that motivated Manuella to take on the role of leading the CNLM’s outreach and education programs. Manuella is also working toward earning a doctoral degree at the UCI School of Social Ecology where her research focuses on the impact of university-community partnerships on the diversity of the STEM pipeline and workforce.

Ph: (949) 824-5193  |  Email:  |  Office: 309 QRL


Diana Lofflin, B.A.
Chief Administrative Officer

B.A., Willamette University

Prior to joining the CNLM team, Diana served as the Director of Communications in the UCI Office of the Provost where she worked on many cross-disciplinary projects and community engagement initiatives. She specializes in leveraging technology and design to make complex concepts accessible to a general audience. Her diverse skillset -- including strategic planning, graphic design, website development, and social media strategy -- will be instrumental in bringing the important work happening at the CNLM to a larger audience.

Ph: (949) 824-4186  |  Email:  |  Office: 320 QRL


Jennifer Smith, M.S.
Executive Director of Development

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.S., University of Nevada-Las Vegas 



London Perkins
Student Administrative Assistant

A SoCal local, London is an undergraduate Social Ecology major at UC Irvine. She plans on pursuing a masters degree in Urban Planning in hopes to tackle issues such as urban pollution, redlining, and the homelessness crisis from a corporate and/or government perspective. Previously delving in telecommunications, London now works as an administrative and financial assistant for the CNLM.


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Angela Prvulovic
Student Marketing Assistant

Angela is an undergraduate student at UC Irvine pursuing a bachelor's degree in Public Health Science and Social Policy & Public Service, she has a strong passion for public health and public policy with a focus on medical and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. At the CNLM, Angela serves as a communications assistant aiding in sharing the CNLM’s innovative work with the public through spotlights on various CNLM labs. View some of Angela’s work on campaigns such as Women in Neuroscience, 2020 Brain Awareness Week, and 2020 World Alzheimer’s Month.


Alanna Regan
Student Design Assistant

Originally from the Bay Area, Alanna is an undergraduate student at UC Irvine studying Art and Psychological Science. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree she has developed a passion for user experience and designing from the human perspective. With a background in freelance graphic design, Alanna assists the CNLM with website maintenance and communications.


Executive Committee

Sunil Gandhi
Vice Chair of the Executive Committee

Marcelo Wood
Chair, Neurobiology & Behavior

Christine Gall
Chair, Anatomy & Neurobiology


Gary Lynch
Distinguished Professor, Psychiatry

Bruce McNaughton
Distinguished Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior

Barbara Dosher
Distinguished Professor, Cognitive Science


Faculty Fellows

The 123 Faculty Fellows of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory make up the core of the Center. Our Fellows have appointments in a wide range of departments in including Neurobiology and Behavior, Engineering, Psychology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Cognitive Sciences, Anatomy and Neurobiology and Pharmacology because they tackle the study of the neurobiology of learning and memory from different angles, using different tools. To learn more about the Faculty Fellows of the CNLM, please click here.

CNLM Ambassadors

The CNLM Ambassadors are a group of over 70 undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and community members who are passionate about brain awareness, education and outreach. The group engages in brain awareness activities both on the UC Irvine campus and in K-12 schools, community centers and senior centers in Orange County and Southern California. Click here to learn more about the CNLM Ambassadors Program.

The Chairs of the CNLM Ambassadors for 2020-2021 academic year are Jessica Noche Natalie DiProspero.


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