Welcome to the Ofen Lab


Winter 2022

New paper in press in Current Biology to be out Feb 15th, in which we investigated how the brain supports memory formation and used direct brain recordings from children and adults to glean a comprehensive account and novel mechanisms of memory development. Stay tuned for details...

Fall 2021

Congratulations to Ofen lab's Ph.D. students Roya Homayouni and Qin Yin for winning the BCBSM student awards!

Welcome Da'Jonae Foster, Parisa Vahidi and Christina Lee to our research team as Ph.D. students!

Congratulations to Ofen lab's undergrad research assistant, James Wairagu, for winning the UROP award and his vice presidency in the Nu Rho Psi, the Wayne State University National Honor Society in Neuroscience !

Congratulations to Roya Homayouni for her first-authorship in our paper on Journal of Neuroscience Research, "Test–retest reliability of hippocampal subfield volumes in a developmental sample: Implications for longitudinal developmental studies".


 for Cognitive and Brain Development at Wayne State University!

Members of the Ofen Lab

Our main research goals involve testing developmental effects in a wide variety of memory paradigms, such as recall and recognition, associative memory and emotional memory. We are also interested in the effects of cognitive control, executive functions, and growth in knowledge base on memory development.

Our studies use extensive behavioral assessments, neuroimaging protocols looking at the structure and the function of the brain, genetic information and longitudinal designs to allow multidimensional characterization of memory development.

We are part of Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience Research Program and are affiliated with the Institute of Gerontology, the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute of Child and Family Development, and the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.


Research Areas