Anne earned her BA in Neuroscience from Oberlin College in 2006. Before graduate school, Anne worked as a research assistant in human clinical and cognitive neuroscience labs. Anne studied autism and ADHD with Dr. Blythe Corbett at the University of California, Davis and studied healthy aging with Dr. Adam Gazzaley at the University of California, San Francisco. Anne received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2016 where she studied the role of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in attention with Drs. Martin Sarter and Cindy Lustig. Anne completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. Bill Jagust at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied dopaminergic mechanisms of cognitive decline in aging. In 2019 Anne began her position as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brandeis University.
Anne was raised in Berkeley California by two Japanese history professors. Being an academic and working at a University was the family business. Perhaps due to a lack of imagination, Anne didn’t really consider or expose herself to other career options. Anne pursued science, a field outside her parent’s expertise, to avoid harassment/intrusive/know-it-all questioning from her parents around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Anne found jobs in interesting labs in California (where she is from) and the Midwest (where her partner is from). Anne has moved across the country 5 times and has moved her partner’s massive record collection 4 times. Anne tried out neuroscience research in rats and humans. The work in rats showed largely null results, but her research in humans was publishable. Anne became a human cognitive neuroscience researcher.