Principal Investigator

Dr. Sydney Trask


After completing her undergraduate degree at Kent State University, Sydney earned her PhD at the University of Vermont and conducted her postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Outside of lab, she likes to spend time outside with her family and dog, and can usually be found running or listening to Taylor Swift. Sydney is currently the Executive Director of Women in Learning, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Pavlovian Society.

Sydney is currently a Faculty Associate with:

The Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience

The Purdue Center on Aging and the Life Course

The Purdue Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and Neurorehabilitation

The Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Program (PULSe)

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Graduate Research Assistants

Erisa Met-Hoxha


Erisa received her BS in Psychology from the University of Houston, where she was a member of the Brain Health and Plasticity Lab studying the competing effects of alcohol and exercise on the brain. In the Trask lab, Erisa is looking forward to exploring the learning and memory circuitry in the aging brain. 


When she is not in the lab, Erisa enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family. 

Research Technician

Payton Robinson


Payton received her bachelor's in Psychology at Purdue Fort Wayne where she was also a member of their women's track and field team. Seeking more research experience, she is now a part of two labs at Purdue University. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her husband and fur baby, think about working out, and finding new shows to watch.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Victoire Beaufils

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Victoire is a senior Computer Science major with a minor in Psychology who enjoys rock climbing, learning languages, and music.

Blake Loomis

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Blake is a super senior double majoring in Brain & Behavioral Science and Spanish who enjoys traveling, health and fitness, and practicing his Spanish every chance he gets.

Michael Kuczajda

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Michael is a senior Psychology and Global Studies major at Purdue University who enjoys playing tabletop games both with his siblings and in clubs at Purdue.

KT Reyna

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KT is a senior double majoring in Health Sciences and Brain and Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Biological Sciences and in her free time she enjoys working out and drawing.

Arnav Kumar

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Arnie is a sophomore majoring in Health Science PreProfessional (Pre-Medicine). In his free time, he likes to work out and hang out with his friends. 

Destine Williams

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Destine is a junior in Psychology on the pre-med track. She spends her free time watching Netflix and finding new music to enjoy.

Syd Thrasher

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Syd is a senior in psychology. She enjoys painting in her free time.

Lab Photos

Erisa, Payton, and Ellie in the lab
Erisa, Payton, and Ellie in the lab

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Ellie, Sydney, and Erisa at the 2022 Women in Learning Luncheon
Ellie, Sydney, and Erisa at the 2022 Women in Learning Luncheon

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Sydney and Erisa at the BRIDGE Summer Symposium
Sydney and Erisa at the BRIDGE Summer Symposium

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Erisa, Payton, and Ellie in the lab
Erisa, Payton, and Ellie in the lab

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