Wilbrecht Lab Team

Linda Wilbrecht, PhD
Linda Wilbrecht, PhDProfessor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Linda Wilbrecht’s research is focused on how experience alters neural circuits that contribute to value based decision making. Recent projects in the lab are focused on food insecurity and autism. The lab also has a long history of studying adolescent brain development. Linda did her PhD research in the laboratory of Fernando Nottebohm at the Rockefeller University and postdoctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with Karel Svoboda and UCSF with Michael Merzenich. From 2008-2013, Dr. Wilbrecht was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF and an Investigator at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center. In 2013,  Wilbrecht moved her lab to the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley and became a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. She is also a recipient of the 2009 NIMH Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS award) and a 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE). She is an standing member of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior study section and a member of the National Scientific Council on Adolescence based at the The Center for the Developing Adolescent. Portrait by Peg Skorpinski for UC Berkeley VCR.

Senior Scientist

Lung-Hao Tai, PhDSenior Scientist

Postdoctoral Fellows

Wan Chen Lin, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Hongli Wang, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

Graduate students

Juliana ChaseGraduate Student
Madeline KlingerGraduate Student (also in Markita Landry Lab)
Albert QüGraduate Student
Kiran Long-IyerGraduate Student Visitor (Lin Tian Lab)


Anna Jahng, Katrina Manaloto, Cynna McAllister, Gabriella Smith, Emilie Tu, Katrina WongCurrent Undergraduate Students

Post graduate Lab Alumni

Kristen Delevich, PhDAssistant Professor, Washington State University
Azure Grant, PhD
David Piekarski, PhDStanford Psychiatry
J. Travis Del Bonis-O'Donnell, PhDSenior Scientist at Quantapore
George Prounis, PhDData Scientist at Redflag
Denise M. Piscopo, PhDUniversity of Oregon
Natalia Caporale, PhDCAMPOS Faculty Scholar and Lecturer, UC Davis
F. Javier Muñoz-Cuevas, PhDUniversity of Maryland
Jacki Essig, PhD
Ezequiel Galarce, PhDVP of R&D at United Health Group
Carolyn Johnson, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow, Harvard – Hensch Lab
Josiah Boivin, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow, MIT – Nedivi Lab
Angela Vandenberg, PhDAdjunct Faculty, Bellingham College
A. Moses Lee, PhDUCSF MSTP
Karen Berger, PhD
Dan Schwartz, MD UCSF/UCB Joint Medical Program
Aroma Dabas, MS, graduate student in Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Undergraduate/RA lab Alumni

Nana OkadaHarvard MD/PhD program
Noah CrynsRA at UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Chris D. HallUniversity College London PhD program
Chris MachleUniversity of Oregon PhD program
Aishwarya PattnaikMedical student, USF Morsani School of Medicine
Hannah PecklerUCSF Nursing Program
Jegath AthilingamUCSF Graduate Program
Trisha VaidyanathanUCSF Graduate Program
Nora BeñavidezGraduate Student, USC
Fernanda Castro
Oliver Krentzman
Niusha Bhadavan
Lexi Zhou
Kenechukwu Okwuosa
Satya Vedula student at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Jessica Wahlberg
Benjamin Wing Hin Tang
Corrina Wong
Yuting ZhangMcGill University
Tahima Achekzai
Amy Zou
Irene ChangMedical student, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Ben HoshalGraduate student Northwestern University
Becky Lee
Michelle Matvey
Jenna Martin
Ameet Rahane
Weihang Chen
Linnea Sepe-Forest
Alagia Cirolia
Mei Murphy
Tory Benson
Anthony Dunn
Nicholas Keil