Michael Yassa, Ph.D.

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

Ph: (949) 824-1687  |  Email:  |  Office: 309 QRL


Sunil Gandhi, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
B.S., Stanford University

Ph: (949) 824-9051  |  Email: |  Office: 2146 McGaugh Hall


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

B.A., Johns Hopkins University

Manuella was born in Brazil and raised in the Bay Area. She completed undergraduate studies 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 impoverished 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

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


Michael Gomez, B.S.
Operations Coordinator

B.S. Biological Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Michael was raised in Guatemala and transferred to UCI in the fall of 2016 after attending El Camino Community College in the city of Torrance. He graduated from UCI in 2018 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences.  Michael enjoys reading, dance, nature, sports, and conversations. He teaches Latin Dance, directs beach exercise groups, and is fascinated with the notion of consciousness. Michael is excited to be part of the CNLM team, especially its outreach and education efforts.

Faculty Fellows

The 72 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 50 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 Chair of the CNLM Ambassadors for 2018-2019 are Jessica Noche and Rachon Sweiss.