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Current Research Assistants

Nick Agnello

Nick graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. He joined PEARL due to his interest in working in a field involving the treatment of mental health and to gain research experience. He hopes to start graduate school in the fall of 2020. Currently, he works at an Olive Garden in San Diego. In his free time he enjoys watching TV and movies, playing ice hockey, spending time with his girlfriend and two cats, being dumb (but not too dumb), and hanging out with close friends and roommates.


Angela Chin 

Angela is a fourth year undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego with a major in Clinical Psychology. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and to research social networks, social anxiety, and diversity in psychology research. She joined PEARL June 2019 and is currently working on her honors thesis with Charlie. Outside of school and PEARL, she enjoys working out, spending quality/chaotic time with family, reading young adult novels, and obsessively rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender


Maya Cooper

Maya is a 3rd year majoring in Psychology with a concentration in human health. After graduating she wants to get her medical degree so she can become a Psychiatrist. She joined PEARL in January of 2021 and volunteers as an experimenter. Outside of her role in the lab, she loves serving as a leadership member for UCSD's only all-women's dance team on campus called 4N01. She is a peer guidance leader at the Black Resource center, and she works as a campus tour guide.



Victor Fu

Victor is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California San Diego. He is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Global Health. He plans to pursue medicine in the future after graduating in 2021 to practice psychiatry. Currently, he volunteers as a research assistant at PEARL where he is working to gain experience in research of positive and negative affect. During his free time, Victor enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, and spending time with his friends and family.




Manmeet Kaur

Manmeet graduated from the University of California San Diego in June 2020 with a major in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school. She currently volunteers at Pearl as a research assistant. She also works as a mentor in OASIS as well at Roger’s Market. During her free time, she enjoys walks in nature, watching the sunset and being with friends.





Mylon Kemp

Mylon Graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2019 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. He plans to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology researching the relationship between mental health and the gut microbiome. He joined the PEARL lab in 2021 as a research assistant where he volunteers as a confederate. During his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants, playing basketball, yoga, meditation, watching anime, and casually contemplating the nature of reality.



Paige Klein

Paige is a third-year undergraduate at San Diego State University with a major in Psychology and minor in Counseling and Social Change. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to research anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of traumatic events as well as coping and resiliency. She joined PEARL January 2021. Outside of PEARL, she enjoys hiking, sunsets at the beach, cooking and failing at cooking, as well as hanging with friends.




Ivory Ku

Ivory is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California San Diego. She is majoring in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Clinical Aspects and minoring in Chemistry. She plans to attend Pharmacy school after graduation. Her research interests include the effects of psychiatric drugs and natural diets on human brain and mood. She is currently volunteering as a research assistant in PEARL, working with physiology data, MRI data, and being an experimenter. She is also a Wellness Peer Educator in CAPS and the production manager in the Deejays and Vinylphiles Club in UCSD. Ivory enjoys taking pictures with vintage polaroid, DJing for fun, and exploring exotic food places with her family and friends! 


Nana Pearson

Nana is a fifth year undergraduate student at the University of California San Diego. She is majoring in Cognitive Science, and she plans on pursuing further education in cognitive science or clinical psychology. As a research assistant at PEARL, her primary focus and interest is neuroimaging and processing fMRI data. She is very passionate about promoting mental wellbeing and health and is considering becoming a therapist, clinical psychologist, or getting further into research. During her free time, she loves to read books on psychology and the brain, watch ASMR/cute dog videos, go to the beach, and spend time with close friends and family.


Bianca Pomar

Bianca is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Psychology. After college, Bianca intends to attend medical school in order to pursue a medical degree to become a physician where she will focus mainly on psychoneurobiology. She became apart of the PEARL team in January 2021. Aside from school and work, Bianca enjoys exploring San Diego and trying new foods, watching the sunsets, painting, and playing soccer/volleyball.