The ability to remember is an integral component of our rich life experiences and meaningful personal relationships. Yet how the human brain encodes, stores, retrieves and manipulates memories remains poorly understood. These are the mysteries Emilie is currently exploring in her research. Below are a few select experiences that have led her to this work.


University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., Neuroscience, March 2014

University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Cognitive Science, Neuroscience emphasis, December 2004
French concentration

Columbia University, Reid Hall Paris, France
French language and culture program, Spring 2002


University of California, San Diego
Assistant Project Scientist, 2020 – present
Advisors: Linda McEvoy, Ph.D.; James Brewer, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego
Post-doctoral fellow, 2014 – 2020
Advisors: Linda McEvoy, Ph.D.; James Brewer, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego
Graduate researcher, 2009 – 2014
Advisor: James Brewer, M.D., Ph.D.

SAM Technology, Inc.
Senior Research Associate, 2006 – 2009
Research Associate, 2005 – 2006
Advisor: Alan Gevins, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley
Research Assistant, 2002 – 2004
Advisor: Lucia Jacobs, Ph.D


Reas ET, Hagler DJ, Kuperman JM, Wierenga CE, Galasko D, White NS, Dale AM, Banks SA, McEvoy, LK, Brewer JB (2019). Associations between microstructure, amyloid, and cognition in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 73(1):347-357.

Reas ET, Laughlin GA, Bergstrom J, Kritz-Silverstein D, McEvoy LK (2019). Physical Activity and Trajectories of Cognitive Change in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: The Rancho Bernardo Study. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 71(1):109-118.

Digma LA, Madsen JR, Reas ET, Dale AM, Brewer JB, Banks SJ, ADNI (2017).Tau and atrophy: domain-specific relationships with cognition. Alzheimers Res Ther, 11:65.

Lo MT, Kauppi K, Fan CC, Sanyal N, Reas ET, Sundar VS, Lee WC, Desikan RS, McEvoy LK, Chen CH, Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium (2019). Identification of Genetic Heterogeneity of Alzheimer’s Disease Across Age. Neurobiol Aging.

Reas ET, Laughlin GA, Bergstrom J, Kritz-Silverstein D, Barrett-Connor E, McEvoy LK (2019). Effects of APOE on Cognitive Aging in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Neuropsychology, 33(3):406

Reas ET, Laughlin GA, Bergstrom J, Kritz-Silverstein D, Richard EL, Barrett-Connor E, McEvoy LK (2019). Lifetime physical activity and late-life cognitive function: The Rancho Bernardo StudyAge & Ageing, 0:1-6

Alattar AA, Bergstrom J, Laughlin GA, Kritz-Silverstein D, Richard EL, Reas ET, Harris JP, Barrett-Connor E, McEvoy LK (2019). Hearing impairment and cognitive decline in older, community-dwelling adultsJ Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci

Reas ET, Hagler DJ, White NS, Kuperman JM, Bartsch H, Wierenga CE, Galasko D, Brewer JB, Dale AM, McEvoy, LK (2018). Microstructural brain changes track cognitive decline in mild cognitive impairment. NeuroImage:Clinical, 20:883-891

Richard E, Laughlin GA, Kritz-Silverstein D, Reas ET, Barrett-Connor E, McEvoy LK (2018). Dietary Patterns and Cognitive Function among Older Community-Dwelling AdultsNutrients, 10(18):1088.

Reas ET (2017). Amyloid and tau pathology in normal cognitive agingJ Neurosci, 37(32):7561-3.

Reas ET, Hagler DJ, White NS, Kuperman JM, Bartsch H, Cross, K, Loi RQ, Balachandra AR, Meloy MJ, Wierenga CE, Galasko D, Brewer JB, Dale AM, McEvoy, LK (2017). Sensitivity of restriction spectrum imaging to memory and neuropathology in Alzheimer’s diseaseAlzheimers Res Ther, 9:55.

Reas ET, Laughlin GA, Bergstrom J, Kritz-Silverstein D, Barrett-Connor E, McEvoy LK (2017). Effects of sex and education on cognitive change over a 27-year period in older adults: the Rancho Bernardo StudyAm J Geriatr Psychiatry, 25(8):889-99.

Laughlin GA, Kritz-Silverstein D, Bergstrom J, Reas ET, Jassal SK, Barrett-Connor E, McEvoy LK  (2017). Vitamin D insufficiency and cognitive function trajectories in older adults: the Rancho Bernardo Study. J Alzheimers Dis, 58(3):871-83.

Reas ET, Laughlin GA, Kritz-Silverstein D, Barrett-Connor E, McEvoy LK (2016). Moderate, regular alcohol consumption is associated with higher cognitive function in older, community-dwelling adults. J Prev Alzheimers Dis, 3(2):105-13.

Reas ET & Brewer JB (2015). Mean signal and response time influences on multivoxel signals of contextual retrieval in the medial temporal lobeBrain Behav, 5(2):e00302.

Carmack SA, Howell KK, Rasaei K, Reas ET, Anagnostaras SG (2014). Animal model of methylphenidate’s long-term memory enhancing effects. Learn Mem, 21:82-9.

Reas ET & Brewer JB (2013). Imbalance of incidental encoding across tasks: An explanation for non-memory-related hippocampal activations? J Exp Psychol Gen, 142(4):1171-9.

Reas ET & Brewer JB (2013). Effortful retrieval reduces hippocampal activity and impairs incidental encoding. Hippocampus, 23(5):367-79.

Reas ET & Brewer JB (2013). Retrieval search and strength evoke dissociable brain activity during episodic memory recall. J Cog Neurosci, 25(2):219-33.

Reas ET, Gimbel SI, Hales JB, Brewer JB (2011). Search-related suppression of hippocampus and default network activity during associative memory retrieval. Front Hum Neurosci, 5:112.

Gevins A, Ilan AB, Jiang A, Chan CS, Gelinas D, Smith ME, McEvoy LK, Schwager E, Padilla M, Davis Z, Meador KJ, Patterson J, O’Hara R (2011). A method to combine cognitive and neurophysiological assessments of the elderly. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 31:7-19.


Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium (2019). Science writing.

Amazing Care Network (2018). “Alcohol and brain aging.”

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Neurodegeneration Seminar Series (2017). “Sensitivity of restriction spectrum imaging to memory and neuropathology in early Alzheimer’s disease.”


Reas ET, Hagler DJ Jr, White NS, Dale AM, Barrett-Connor E, McEvoy LK. (2015). Association between medial temporal lobe microstructure and cognitive function in healthy community-dwelling older adults. Poster presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, October 17-21, 2015.

Reas ET & Brewer JB. (2013). A BOLD medial temporal lobe code for spatio-temporal memory. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, November 9-13, 2013.

Reas ET & Brewer JB. (2012). The influence of search on incidental encoding and hippocampal activity during memory retrieval. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA, November 13-17, 2012.

Schwager ET, Gimbel SI, Hales JB, Brewer JB. (2010). Suppression of hippocampal activity and default network during verbal associative recall with post-retrieval processing. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, November 13-17, 2010.

Carmack SA, Schwager ET, Anagnostaras SG. (2010). Modulation of Pavlovian fear conditioning by methylphenidate. 2010 Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, San Diego, CA, Program No. 705.3.


PLOS Neuroscience Community Editor, 2014 – present
Nautilus Magazine, Writer, 2016
American Journal Experts, Editor, 2014 – 2015
Scientific American, Guest writer, 2013 – 2015
Science News, Guest writer, 2013, 2013 – 2014, 2012 – present, 2011 – present


Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship, 2019-21
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Research Education Program Fellowship, 2019-20
American Federation for Aging Research, Postdoctoral Transition Award in Aging, 2019-20
BrightFocus, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant, 2016-18
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, New Investigator Research Grant, 2014-15
Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, Innovative Research Grant, 2012-13
NIH Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Neural Computation, 2012-13
Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Fellowship, UCSD, 2011-13
High Distinction in General Scholarship, UC Berkeley, 2004
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2001 – 2004


Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART), 2019 – present
Running coach, Road Runners Club of America, 2016 – present
Barefoot Runners Society, San Diego chapter President, 2015 – present
National Association of Science Writers, 2014 – present
Society for Neuroscience, 2010 – present
Ad hoc reviewer: Human Brain Mapping, Neuropsychologia, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Brain and Cognition, Cerebral Cortex, Current Alzheimer Research, PLOS One, NeuroImage, Science Reports, Journal Experimental Psychology
UCSD Neurosciences Peer Advising Committee, 2010 – 2014
UCSD Neurosciences New Media Committee, 2012 – 2014
UCSD Cognitive Neuroscience monthly meetups, Cofounder, 2012 – 2015
UCSD Merck Neuroscience Seminar Series Committee, 2009 – 2011
UCSD Neuroscience Graduate Recruitment Committee, 2009 – 2010
Mind the Science Gap ( mentor, 2012

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