Lab Members

  • Principal Investigator
      Gooley, Joshua J
      Associate Professor
      joshua.gooley@duke-nus.edu.sg

      PhD
      Harvard University, USA
      Dr. Gooley joined Duke-NUS Medical School in 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program. He is Principal Investigator of the Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory, located in the SingHealth Investigational Medicine Unit at Singapore General Hospital. In 2005, he received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he studied neural pathways that mediate entrainment of circadian rhythms. During his postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, USA) and HMS, his research focused on effects of light on circadian rhythms and melatonin secretion. His current research program at Duke-NUS focuses on understanding the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in regulating human performance and physiology. (link to Dr. Gooley’s publications)

  • PhD Student
      Loke Yng Miin
      PhD Student
      yngmiin.loke@u.duke.nus.edu

      B. Soc. Sci. (Hons) Psychology
      National University of Singapore, Singapore
      How much and how well we sleep greatly influence our cognitive and emotional processing on a day-to-day basis. As a graduate student at Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory, I am interested in the role of sleep in mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, I am interested in using physiological recordings as objective measures of human emotional processing.

      Yeo Sing Chen
      PhD Student
      singchen.yeo@u.duke.nus.edu

      BSc (Hons.) Chemistry
      Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

      MSc Chemistry
      National University of Singapore, Singapore
      The brain not only allows us to process sensory information and execute motor commands, but also allows us to think, analyze, and learn. The memories and experiences stored in the brain guide our actions in the future and facilitate problem-solving. I am interested in studying the neural mechanisms that underlie learning, memory, and creative thinking.

  • Staff
      Rukmini Dhara
      Research Fellow
      rukmini.dhara@duke-nus.edu.sg

      PhD., Integrated Biology and Medicine
      Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
      The Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory (CL) is also interested in the pupillary light responses, which are mediated by the same intrinsially photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGC) which mediate other non-visual responses to light like circadian rhythms and sleep/wake regulation. Rukmini worked on the development of a light exposure protocol for chromatic pupillometry useful for sreening of eye diseases, based on the differential light responses of rods, cones and ipRGC during her PhD at the CL. Prior to joining the CL as a Research fellow, she was with the Visual Neurosience laboratory at the Singapore Eye Research Institute and helped in the further development of chromatic pupillometry as a sreening tool for ocular diseases like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and others.

      C Yuvan
      Research Assistant
      yuvan@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BA (Hons) Psychology
      Monash University, Australia
      Sleep is increasingly being seen as the third pillar of health alongside exercise and a healthy diet. Lack of sleep presents a major health issue in modern society, detrimentally impacting both our brains and our bodies. At CSL, I'm interested in probing the effects of sleep deprivation on brain function, particularly in the processes of attention, memory and learning.

      Yuen Kai Yan Caryn
      Research Assistant
      caryn.yuen@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BA Psychology
      University at Buffalo, New York, USA
      As a night owl, I constantly struggle to fall asleep and wake up at the right hours. I learned the hard way that sleep deprivation and bad sleep habits can have a detrimental impact on many aspects of our daily lives, such as our performance and mood. As a research assistant in the sleep lab, I hope to study the neurological effects of sleep and develop scientifically-proven strategies to help people sleep and live better.

      Jacinda Tan Geok Gun
      Research Assistant
      jacinda.tan@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BSc (Hons) Biological Science
      Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
      Sleep, although usually taken for granted, is absolutely essential to ensure proper function of our brain and body, such as cognitive processing and glucose metabolism. Thus, with this opportunity I hope to leverage on my previous research experience to explore and elucidate the role of sleep in learning and memory.

      Lai Kam Yuue Clin
      Research Assistant
      alslkyc@nus.edu.sg

      B.A. (Hons) Psychology
      Yale-NUS College, Singapore

      My research interests are in improving learning and policy outcomes through information processing models of memory, and higher cognitive processes. In the lab, I seek to understand how sleep impacts these processes and the mechanisms of which they do so. Prior to joining ALSET, I worked in the Synergy Lab, researching on the attitudes and behaviours towards organ donation policies.

      Yee Wai Kiat Shaun
      Research Assistant
      shaun.yee@duke-nus.edu.sg

      B. Soc. Sci. (Hons) Psychology
      National University of Singapore, Singapore
      In sleep, we dream, we recover, and we rise stronger tomorrow. I have an interest in examining how sleep affects daily living, learning, sociability, decision-making and food consumption. Returning as a full-time staff, I hope to carry on the laboratory's excellence in research.

      Litali Mohapatra
      Research Assistant
      litali@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BSc(Hons) Zoology
      Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India

      MSc. Microbiology
      Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India
      At CSL I’m interested in understanding more about the role of sleep and sleep deprivation on cognition and human performance. I hope to broaden my knowledge in designing and conducting neuro-cognitive experiments, collection and management of data, writing manuscripts and help with recruitment. By doing rigorous experiments, I hope that one fine day we will stumble upon great ideas to help people get better sleep and lead a healthy life.


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