Lab Camping!



Nicki Swann (PI)


Nicki is interested in how different parts of the brain interact to produce and control movement and how this can be disrupted in disease. She got her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley with a double major in Molecular Cell Biology and Psychology, her Ph.D. from UC San Diego in Neurosciences, and completed her postdoc at UC San Francisco. She joined the University of Oregon faculty in fall 2017.

When she is not working, Nicki enjoys swimming, camping, hiking, and spending time with her family and pets.




Nick Jackson (Lab Manager/Research Assistant)

Nick hails from Anchorage, AK and has a B.S. in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Mathematics, from University of Alaska, Anchorage. He’s interested in studying Deep Brain Stimulation and its effects on patients with Parkinson’s Disease. In the near future he plans on pursuing behavioral neuroscience or biostatistics in graduate school. For fun, he enjoys skateboarding, photography, traveling, and daydreaming.

Kelsey Schultz (PhD Student)

Kelsey is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Department of Biology and the Institute of Neuroscience. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Texas, before moving to Minneapolis to pursue her love of research and rap shows. During her time there, she had the great pleasure of working with Dr. Matt Chafee in the University of Minnesota Brain Sciences Center, where she studied neurophysiology of schizophrenia in rodent and non-human primate models of the disease. Her current research ambitions are to understand how movement informs cognitive and perceptual representations of time and space. Besides research, her other great passions are Brazilian jiu jitsu and science communication. You can catch her proselytizing science and critical thinking at



Kathryn Peterson (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Kathryn Peterson is a Junior Human Physiology student from Orinda, California. She describes her self as a dog lover and foodie. Kathryn is hoping to continue in the field of medicine when she graduates, and is excited to explore pathophysiology as a part of the Swann Lab.




Zeeya Aspandiar (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

When she is not catching up on work for her Human Anatomy and Physiology major, Zeeya writes for the Oregon Voice magazine and volunteers for the student-run nonprofit Rosie. In the future she hopes to work in humanitarian medicine and global health. A native of Beaverton, Oregon, she can be found playing with doggies, taking walks in the rain, reading classical literature, avoiding the gym, and getting a little too excited at Thursday Night Trivia.



Vanessa Hufnagel (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Vanessa Hufnagel is a sophomore Biology Major in the Robert D. Clark Honors College Program. She hopes to move on to medical school for emergency medicine after her undergraduate studies. She is from Corvallis, Oregon but likes to say Texas is home. She plays on the University of Oregon Women’s Rugby team and loves spending time with her pet gecko (Jake from State Farm). One time she met Peter Dinklage but he didn’t say hi back.


Ryan Leriche (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

 Ryan is a freshman pursuing a B.S in Human Physiology through the Robert D. Clark Honors College. He aspires to attend medical school to become a biological psychiatrist and hopes to incorporate what he learns in the Swann Lab in his practice. When not stressing about studying he enjoys dominating others at table tennis and playing basketball.


Isa Richter (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Oregon born and Hawaii raised, Isa is a Clark Honors College student pursuing a Biochemistry major with a minor in Psychology. After medical school, she wants to become a clinical and researching neurologist. She enjoys art, singing, video games, and dance parties when her nose isn’t in a book.

Guthrie (Assistant Research Assistant)

Guthrie is a research assistant assistant in the Swann and Greenhouse labs. Her research interests span ethological studies of squirrel aggression in both residential and campus populations, botanical studies of the relative chewability of periderm in coniferous versus deciduous sticks, and the physical properties that underlie variations in tennis ball velocity. When she’s not in the lab she enjoys swimming, running, hiking, and manipulating people into feeding her.  



Recruiting graduate students . Please contact me for details or questions.