People

Faculty

Dr. Angela C. Incollingo Rodriguez

Director

The SEED lab is run by Dr. Angela C. Incollingo Rodriguez, who is an Assistant Professor of Psychological & Cognitive Sciences at WPI. Her humanitarian roots and global travels inspired her research interests. Before joining the faculty at WPI, she received her PhD in Health Psychology from UCLA. Dr. R. uses research as a vehicle to both investigate pressing social issues and to provide training to budding scientists.

Students

Hannah Gilmore

Student Researcher

Hannah is a junior majoring in Biology/Biotechnology with a minor in Psychology. On campus, she is in the concert band and plays on the girl's club ice hockey team. For outside of school activities, she loves to go to the gym, draw and travel!

    Mia Velletri

    Project Manager - BME '22

    Mia graduated from WPI in 2022 with a degree in biomedical engineering. Although we are sad she has moved on from WPI, she is sticking around the lab to continue working on an ongoing grant. Outside the lab, she loves playing the guitar and reading.

      Gillian Ebeling

      Student Researcher

      Gillian is a senior majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in psychology and global public health. She is from Rochester, NY and loves to hike, bake, and cook outside of school.

        Taylor Johnson

        Student Researcher

        Taylor is a junior majoring in psychological sciences with a biology minor. She is a part of the coffee club, SWE, and competes on WPI’s travel club volleyball team. In her free time you can find her cooking, working out, or working at UMass Memorial as a CNA!

          Emily Bendremer

          Student Researcher

          Emily is a senior pursuing a double major in writing and psychology, a minor in theatre, and a masters in management. In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming, and horseback riding.

            Mira Kirschner

            Student Researcher

            Mira is a junior double majoring in Psychological Sciences and Biology/Biotechnology. Outside of the lab, she is part of Active Minds and the Psychological Science Society. In her free time, she enjoys baking, thrifting, and spending quality time with her friends.

              Christina Tsillas

              Lab Manager & Student Researcher

              Christina is a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Psychological Science and minoring in Global Public Health. She is currently doing her MQP at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School in Worcester, MA. In her free time, Christina enjoys kayaking and playing pick-up volleyball.

              Lorena Nunes

              Lorena is a junior majoring in Psychological Science. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Kasparian Scholarship.

                Maline Demers

                Student Researcher

                Maline is a second year perusing a double major in Biology/Biotechnology and Psychology with a concentration in psychobiology. She is also affiliated with the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma and club Mu Sigma Delta: Pre-Health Society on campus. Outside of the lab, you can find her hiking, travelling, or getting ice cream with her dog!

                  Kellie Bushe

                  Student Researcher

                  Kellie is a junior, Biomedical Engineering and Pre-med major at WPI. She is involved in the ROTC and Epworth Lab on campus and recently joined Dr. R's SEED lab after completing her IQP with her. Outside of school, Kellie enjoying working out, running, relaxing, and hanging out with friends.

                    Affiliated Scholars

                    Taniya Singh Nagpal

                    Affiliated Scholar

                    Taniya began collaborating with the SEED Lab as a post-doc and is now an Assistant Professor at The University of Alberta. She received her PhD from The University of Western Ontario where she studied adherence to exercise and nutrition interventions during pregnancy and effects on maternal and fetal anthropometry. Her research takes a person-oriented approach to understand weight stigma and internalized weight bias during pregnancy, design and test inclusive prenatal exercise interventions and measure the downstream effect on maternal and newborn health outcomes.

                      Alumni

                      Jessica Greenleaf

                      Psychological Science / Humanities & Arts - 2019

                        Kathryn Nippert

                        Psychological Science / Biochemistry - 2021. Neuroscience (MS) - 2022

                          Despina Tomboulides

                          Biomedical Engineering - 2021

                            Stephanie Smieszek

                            Biomedical Engineering - 2019

                              Siearah Robles

                              Psychological Science - 2020

                                Constantina Gatsonis

                                Psychological Science - 2022

                                  Alisionna (Alis) Iannacchione

                                  Psychological Science - 2021

                                    Karen Ho

                                    Psychological Science / Professional Writing - 2022

                                      Elizabeth (Ellie) Koptsev

                                      Psychological Science - 2022

                                        Hannah Brooks

                                        Biomedical Engineering - 2022

                                          Alexis Rock

                                          Biology and Biotechnology - 2022

                                            Isadora Sorpol

                                            Biomedical Engineering