Research Assistants

Charlie Abiezzi

Charlie Abiezzi is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Integrative Biology and Psychology. As a young researcher, she hopes to one day enter within the field of medicine and continue to work towards the goal of learning more about neuropsychiatric disorders and hopefully one day becoming a pediatric neurologist. UC Berkeley has helped Charlie grow into a confident and independent young women, who has furthered her career aspirations by getting involved with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital as an Emergency medicine volunteer and with the American Medical Women's Association to help reduce the stigma of mental health on the Berkeley campus. Charlie has enjoyed her time with the BAND lab working one on one with patients, working with brilliant minds, and playing an integral role in recruitment and research on the PORQ team. She is excited to see where her journey in BAND lab will take her.

Annika Williams


Annika is a fourth year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Molecular Environmental Biology and Nutritional Sciences. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine, and is really enjoying learning about the biological mechanisms of psychopathology through her work at the BAND Lab. Annika has enjoyed working on data collection for the PORQ study, and is excited to focus on eye-tracking data analysis for the study in the future. Outside of the BAND Lab, Annika volunteers as a birth doula at the San Francisco General Hospital, tutors high school students, and holds a management position in her co-op house. She likes to spend her spare time backpacking, playing music, painting, and hanging out with her cat.



Ellie Ahmadi

Ellie is a recent graduate from UCSB, where she studied Biopsychology. She plans on pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology and hopes to have a career in both research and clinical practice. She is extremely passionate about mental health and destigmatizing mental illnesses. Ellie has worked in a variety of labs while at UCSB, but is looking forward to gaining research experience in psychiatric disorders and the therapeutic effects of oxytocin on these disorders. She is excited to see where her journey with BAND lab will take her. In her free time, Ellie loves spending time outdoors, going to record shops, and exploring the city.