Hao Li, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Hao was born and raised in Beijing, China. He completed his Ph.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina and his postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

In his spare time, Hao enjoys playing soccer, watching animes, and spending time with his cats, Huey and Emi.

Valentina Olivera-Pasilio, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Valentina was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay. She completed her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at Rosalind Franklin University.

She enjoys being at home watching movies with her cat, Star, and she also likes to go for long walks on the beach. Right now she is trying to improve her cooking skills and learning how to bake.

Ziqing Huai, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ziqing received her B.S. in Clinical Pharmacy at Hebei Medical University, and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Fudan University.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to Taylor Swift and Yonezu Kenshi. She likes reading Haruki Murakami and Kazuo Ishiguro. Watching movies is one of her biggest entertainments. She also is a cat person, Vivi.

Callista Polasek, B.S.
Research Assistant

Callista received her B.S. in neuroscience with a minor in psychology research methods from DePaul University.

Outside of the lab, Callista enjoys cooking, baking, skating, the lake, and she is learning to crochet. She has a sweet dog, Renny, who she is always happy to talk about.

Wanyi Guo, M.A.
Research Assistant

Wanyi received her B.S. in neuroscience from UCLA and her M.A. in cognitive science from Johns Hopkins University.

In her own time, Wanyi enjoys watching movies, taking care of her houseplants, and film photography. Doudou has been friend of Wanyi for 13 years, although he’s currently living with her parents.

Sirin Jitklongsub
Undergraduate Student

Sirin is from Bangkok, Thailand. She is a third-year undergraduate at Northwestern University studying Neuroscience and Psychology.

Her biggest passions outside of academics are rock climbing, reading, music, philosophy, and writing. She doesn't have a pet but she has a twin sister.

Alida Tonga Sani
Undergraduate Student

Alida is from Concord, North Carolina. She is a first-year undergraduate at Northwestern University studying Neuroscience.

She enjoys reading, watching k-dramas and anime, and building legos. She hopes to get a black cat when she becomes a 4th year.

Lab Friends:
Emi & Huey

Lina Yi,  Undergraduate Student, 2023-2024