Catrina M. Hacker
Education
University of Pennsylvania, PhD in neuroscience
Present

University of Southern California, Neuroscience B.S. with honors, Summa cum laude

Graduated: 2019

Relevant Coursework

Neuroscience: Intro to fMRI, Advanced Studies of the Nervous System
Mathematics: Linear Algebra, Calculus I-III
Biology/Chemistry: Molecular biology, Organic chemistry I/II, Biochemistry

Research Experience

USC Image Understanding Lab, Research Assistant

Design, execute and analyze psychophysical studies investigating nature and limits of human face recognition to develop neurocomputational accounts of face processing.

2016 - 2019

Bottjer Songbird Lab, Research Assistant

Assist in electrophysiological and optogenetic experiments in cortico-basal ganglia circuits of male zebra finches to explicate the neural circuitry involved in song learning and production.

2018 - 2019
Publications

Hacker, C.M. & Biederman, I. (2019). The proficiency for distinguishing faces is independent of the proficiency for remembering them. PsyArXiv, doi: 10.31234/osf.io/9bwct. (Submitted) [PDF]

Hacker, C.M. & Biederman, I. (2019). The invariance of recognition to the stretching of faces is not explained by familiarity or warping to an average face. PsyArXiv, doi: 10.31234/osf.io/e5hgx. (Under review) [PDF]

Hacker, C.M., Zhu, T., Nelken, M., Meschke, E.X. & Biederman, I. (2019). Why is it so difficult to recognize faces differing only moderately in orientation?. PsyArXiv, doi: 10.31234/osf.io/48k5q. (Under review)[PDF]

Hacker, C.M., Meschke, E.X. & Biederman, I. (2018). A Face in a (Temporal) Crowd. Vision Research, doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2018.02.007.[PDF]

Biederman, I., Shilowich, B.E., Herald, S.B., Margalit, E., Maarek, R., Meschke, E.X. & Hacker, C.M. (2018). The Cognitive Neuroscience of Person Identification. Neuropsychologia, 116, 205-214. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.01.036.[PDF]

Posters and Presentations

Hacker, C.M. & Biederman, I. (2019). The capacity for face perception is independent of the capacity for face memory. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May

Biederman, I., Zhu, T., Nelken, M., Meschke, E.X. & Hacker, C.M. (2019). The cost of matching depth-rotated faces: A simple, additive function of image similarity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May.

Hacker, C.M., Meschke, E.X., Biederman, I. (2018). Recognition of Stretched Faces. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May.

Meschke, E.X., Hacker, C.M., Biederman, I. (2018). How Many Faces Can We Recognize? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May.

Zhu, T., Nelken, M., Hacker, C.M., Meschke, E.X., Biederman, I. (2018). Matching Depth-Rotated Faces at Varying Degrees of Physical Similarity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May.

Meschke, E.X., Hacker, C. M., Juarez, J.J., Maarek, R.S., & Biederman, I. (2017). Detecting Unspecified Familiar Faces. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May.

Biederman, I., Margalit, E., Maarek, R.S., Meschke, E.X., Shilowich, B.S., Hacker, C. M., Juarez, J.J., Seamans, T. J., & Herald, S.B. (2017). What is the Nature of the Perceptual Deficit in Congenital Prosopagnosia? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May.

Honors and Awards

USC Neuroscience Outstanding Student of the Year Award

Award given to USC’s best neuroscience student with senior standing.

2019

USC Discovery Scholar, Distinction recipient, Prize finalist

Graduation distinction awarded to students who excel in the classroom while demonstrating the ability to create exceptional new scholarship.

2019

Brian Phillip Rakusin Neuroscience Scholarship Award

$10,000 Scholarship awarded each year to the most outstanding sophomore or junior demonstrating exceptional achievements and aspirations in the field of Neuroscience.

2018

USC Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Six-time Recipient

Fellowship awarded to select undergraduates demonstrating excellent academic standing and engaged in research, total value of $7,000 over five semesters.

2017 - 2019

USC Dean’s Scholar

Quarter tuition scholarship to the University of Southern California

2015 - 2019

Dean’s List, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Eight semesters

2015 - 2019

Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society

2019

Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society

2018

Nu Rho Psi National Honor Society in Neuroscience

2017

Alpha Lamba Delta Academic Honor Society

2016
Service

InterAxon, Vice President (2016-2017), President (2017-2018)

InterAxon is a student-run organization that visits local K-12 schools to teach lessons about neuroscience. I managed a team of nine executive board members to maintain daily operations and collaborated with faculty, advisors and student representatives as a member of the Neuroscience Executive Committee to enact changes within the neuroscience program.

2015 - 2019

Community Health Connection, VP of Outreach (2017-2018), President (2018-2019)

Supervised a team of eleven executive board members to plan, organize and execute two resource fairs a semester for approximately 1,000 total students and families in the local community.

2016 - 2019
Skills

Programming Languages: Matlab, Python, C++

Experienced designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data using Matlab and Psych Toolbox

Proficient in experimental design, data collection and analysis in FEAT for fMRI experiments

Languages: French (advanced), Spanish (intermediate)