Lab Managers/Research Coordinators

Michelle Matvey

Lab Manager

Michelle is a graduate of UC Berkeley, earning her B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. She previously spent time at the UC Berkeley Sleep and Mood Clinic, assisting with a study of abnormal sleep patterns in adolescents, and at the Willbrecht Lab, using mouse models of maternal stress to study neural development. Given her strong interest in the clinical manifestations of aberrant circuitry, specifically psychiatric disorders and their neurobiological underpinnings, she joined the BAND Lab in hopes of engaging with relevant clinical research. In her free time, she is an editor of a San-Francisco based food publication and enjoys reading, exploring her neighborhood, and drinking lots of coffee. 

Lisa Lin

Lab Manager




Lisa is a graduate from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania where she majored in Psychology and minored in Neuroscience. Academically, Lisa is extremely interested in better understanding the social cognitive impairments in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders both neurally and behaviorally. In the next few years Lisa hopes to enter a PhD program in Clinical Psychology that will allow her to pursue a career in both research and clinical practice. Outside of academic/research life Lisa enjoys testing various coffee shops in the city, reading on comfy chairs and attempting to bake.


Salem Samson

Lab Manager of Addiction Research



Salem graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, Ca with a B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Spanish. During her free time, she enjoys picnicking in parks. She was previously involved in research that focused on breast cancer risk associated with occupational exposure. She is excited to join the BAND lab and gain experience working in a clinical lab setting. 

Jessica Buffington

Research Coordinator - PORQ



Jessica graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Comparative Health and Medicine. After graduating she went back to school to complete her pre-medical school requirements at Mills College's Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate Program. Her research interests include finding new treatments for psychiatric disorders and better understanding the neural mechanisms behind schizophrenia, PTSD, and substance use disorders. In the next year, she hopes to enter medical school. In her free time she prefers to be outside, running, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, and exploring new places. 

David Leung

Research Coordinator - REPS 2.0



David graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. He is interested in how genetics and environment influence the development of neurocognition, and how particular deficits manifest as behavioral and psychological disorders. In the next few years, David hopes to continue his formal education through medical school. Outside of academics, David likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain. In actuality, he prefers exercising, looking into skincare, fashion, and general lethargy -- though he also doesn’t mind the former. 

Evan Sheh

Research Coordinator - POP



Evan is a graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology. At the BAND lab, he will be assisting with data collection, data analysis, and enrollment. In regards to scientific goals, he has broad curiosities about how neurological processes influence day to day living and hopes to enter medical school in the coming years. In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing board games, martial arts, video games, and cooking. 


Nora Huey

Research Coordinator - REPS 2.0



Nora graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating, she worked in research studying the neurobiology of depression, and in research studying therapeutic interventions for stress-related psychopathology. Nora is interested in examining the underlying mechanisms of trauma and stress, and how treatments can promote resilience, recovery and improve wellbeing. Nora will apply to a Ph.D program in Clinical Psychology this year. In her free time, Nora enjoys photography, reading, working out, and spending time with friends.