NSL Team

NSL Team

Michael J Wesley, Ph.D


Dr. Michael Wesley established the Neurobehavioral Systems Lab in 2018. In his research, he utilizes neuroimaging, noninvasive brain stimulation, clinical pharmacology, and behavioral techniques to answer questions related to dynamic decision making in individuals with substance use disorders. He currently is the Prinicipal Investigator for two R01s and a K01. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his wife and daughter.  

Miranda Ramirez, BA

Research Analyst

Miranda graduated from Emory University in 2019 with a BA in psychology and biology. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a research assistant for the Laboratory for Mathematical and Computational Behavioral Analysis studying decision making in inndividuals with ADHD. Post-graduation, Miranda joined the lab as full-time staff member and is involved in the TMS Cannabis study and day-to-day lab management. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology with a focus on cue reactivity in individuals with substance use disorder. In her free time, she enjoys painting, spending time outdoors, and playing with her puppy, Ada. 

Skylar Mays, BS

Research Asisstant 

Skylar graduated from the University of Kentucky in the Spring of 2020 with a BS in Material's Engineering. As an undergraduate student, she worked for the Beck computational materials group at UK in collaboration with NASA Kentucky and helped to research and develop ways to predict the thermal and mechanical properties of random network materials. Skylar joined the lab in her second semester of senior year and became a full-time research assistant after graduation working on the TMS cannabis study. In the future, she hopes to continue work in the neuroscience field, applying computational methods to new and developing areas of study. Outside of work, she enjoys being creative, doing yoga, and watching new movies.

Preston Tolbert, BA

Lab Manager

Preston graduated from Rutgers University in the winter of 2021 with a BA in Economics, where he focused his studies on statistics and computation. He also held an internship at Selective Insurance where he worked alongside business and data analysts to assist in the optimization and integration of different workflows. He plans to obtain a graduate degree in biostatistics and continue working in research. In his personal life, he enjoys hiking, tv and film, and spending time with his friends, family, and his two cats.