Nelson Laboratory | Administrative Staff

Lab Administrator

Katie Teixeira  

 Katie Teixeira  (contact Katie Teixeira) I joined the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience in 2019 as the administrative associate after receiving my bachelor's in science in Human Physiology from Boston University. I am excited to be working in such a busy and supportive environment and continue my professional development. 

Program Managers

Swapna Kumar, MS (contact Swapna Kumar) I joined the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience in the fall of 2014 as the program manager for an exciting new neuroimaging project taking place in urban and rural Bangladesh which studies the effect of early adversities on cognitive development. I received my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester, and my master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University at Buffalo. During my graduate work, I became involved in global health work through water/sanitation projects based in Bangladesh, and I am thrilled to continue this global focus through innovative projects at the Nelson Lab with a great team of researchers.

Anna K. Luke, MA (contact Anna Luke)

Anna Luke joined the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience in 2019 as the clinical research manager for the Nelson Lab. She graduated from Trinity College with a B.S. in Psychology and an English minor, then received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. Her graduate work focused on child and adolescent health, and she’s thrilled to continue working in a developmental research environment. 

Research Administrator

Colleena YouColleena You (contact Colleena You) I joined the Division of Developmental Medicine in 2016 as a Research Administrator responsible for managing research funds and grant submissions. I graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business Administration and have 10+ years of experience working in the grants administration field at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital. I'm excited to apply my expertise with DDM researchers in order to facilitate the inspiring ongoing research activities.


Technology & Training Specialist

Graham Holt HeadshotGraham Holt, MA (contact Graham Holt) I received my bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science with a concentration in Physics from Whittier College (Whittier, CA) in 2001. I joined the technical support team at Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (Eugene, OR) in 2003 where I became familiar with cognitive neuroscience, technical training, dense array EEG and international travel. I received my master’s degree in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2016. I joined Dr. Nelson’s lab in 2013 as the lab’s Technical and Training Specialist where I am responsible for anything equipment related (ie: maintenance, repair, acquisition, configuration, creation…) and provide creative solutions to the problems that arise in a research environment out of the affectionately titled Office of Creative Solutions.

In a given day I may be molding, designing, grinding, soldering, 3D printing, hot gluing, sewing, wrangling with equipment vendors or solving any number of technical problems that arise. I have been told that I am a Jack of All Trades, and that is a fair description. If you see someone in an aloha shirt running around the lab, that’s probably me.