Graduate Student Affiliates

 
 
brooks

Physiology & Neurobiology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Linda Boshans

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the neurogenic fate potential of NG2 cells, a type of glial progenitor cell. NG2 cells share a close lineage with interneurons, and through forced expression of a pro-interneuronal transcription factor, NG2 cells can be reprogrammed into neurons. Specifically, I am interested in the genetic and molecular changes that occur to produce the fate switch of NG2 cells into GABAergic neurons.

 
 
brooks

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Thomas Brooks

Research Interests:

I am interested in the interplay between perception, action, and cognition, particularly with regards to how sensory information creates experience. I like to take classical experimental phenomena (such as bistable perception of the Necker cube) and reconceptualize them as action-driven processes. Currently I'm studying how grasping a cube shaped object in different ways can affect which orientation of Necker cube is seen by a person.

 
 
casavant

School of Nursing
 

Sharon Casavant

Research Interests:

Very low birthweight preterm infants (<1500g) are consistently exposed to repeated stressful and often painful procedures as part of routine life-saving care within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). My research interests are to investigate the cumulative effects of these stressors on neurodevelopment in both human and animal models.

 
 

Iris_Chin
Psychology

Brian Castelluccio

Research Interests:

I am interested in the neural mechanisms that support the cognitive building blocks of language, including auditory processing, social-communicative motivation, implicit learning, abstraction, and the ability to generalize. I study how these neurocognitive features are impacted in autism spectrum disorders.

 
 
Pietro-Cerrone
Linguistics

 

Pietro Cerrone

Research Interests:

Morphology, Morphonology, Morphosyntax, Experimental morphonology and phonology, Fieldwork.

 
 

Iris_Chin

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Iris Chin

Research Interests:

My research interest is in language acquisition in typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorder. I focus on four aspects of language acquisition: how do children come to acquire morphosyntax (in terms of its form and its meaning), what types of biases do children have when learning the syntax of their language, how does the acquisition of language impact other areas of cognition (i.e., theory of mind), and how do children learn about the pragmatic use of language.

 
 

Amanda_Coletti

Physiology & Neurobiology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Amanda Coletti

Research Interests:

My research focuses on characterization of stem cell niches in the developing brain. Specifically, I am examining fate decisions of stem cells that promote neurogenesis, ependymogenesis or regeneration, in the case of injury or disease. I am particularly interested in how hydrocephalus affects brain development.

 
 

Crusepic

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Nicole Cruse

Research Interests:

I am interested in functional connectivity during higher order discourse tasks such as narrative and storytelling, specifically in the neuroplasticity that occurs to achieve these tasks in individuals with focal lesions or more diffuse damage. Underneath this umbrella, I am also interested in how new neural imaging technology, such as fNIRS, be used to help understand the phenomenon of language functioning and adoption by other, homologous brain regions.

 
 

Charles_Davis

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Charles Davis

Research Interests:

How is meaning represented in the brain? I am interested in semantic representation in language, and the neural circuits that support these representations. My current work is investigating the representation of abstract concepts, looking at the interaction of semantic and episodic memory in the processing of abstract concepts, and the role of the hippocampus in this relation. I am also interested in the distributed representation of semantic memory across sensorimotor areas of the brain (the extent to which sensory, perceptual, and motor areas are involved in processing language), and how these ideas map onto language creation and, from an evolutionary perspective, non-human communication.

 
 

Ashley

Psychology
 

Ashley Dhaim

Research Interests:

Interpersonal Coordination and Synchrony, Developmental Social Motor Behavior, Dynamical System Theories, Development of Coordinated Movements, Time Series Analysis, Embodied Cognition, Self-Organization

 
 

rach1 (1)

Pharmaceutical Sciences
 

Rachel Dopart

Research Interests:

Medicinal chemistry, neurobiology, and pharmacology to study cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system including CB1 and CB2. Allosteric modulators of brain G protein coupled receptors, and how they affect neurological function. Treatment of pain and neurological disease.

 
 

julia_drouin

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Julia Drouin

Research Interests:

I'm interested in speech perception and how listeners map from speech to meaning. That is how is the listener able to take information from the acoustic speech signal and map it onto higher linguistic units, especially given that the acoustic signal is rich in variability. I use behavioral paradigms, electrophysiology, and neuroimaging techniques to examine these questions.

 
 

Zac_Ekves

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Zac Ekves

Research Interests:

Semantic and episodic memory integration during sentence processing, Event processing and representation, Neural correlates of event processing and semantic/episodic memory integration.

 
 

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BioMedical Engineering & Physiology and Neurobiology
 

Akie Fujita

Research Interests:

My research interests are focused on studying the intrinsic membrane properties of histaminergic neurons in the tuberomammillary nucleus and the inhibitory neurons in the lateral hypothalamus. I approach questions related to cell diversity (electrical, neuromodulatory, morphological) using slice electrophysiology and computational methods.

 
 

Katelyn_Gettens

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Katelyn Gettens

Research Interests:

My research interests lie at the intersection of health psychology, neuropsychology, and neurophysiology. My work focuses on the neuropsychological and neurophysiological underpinnings of health behavior change. My current work examines the relationship between executive functions (verbal fluency, mental flexibility, inhibition, planning, etc.) and weight control among adult populations with overweight and obesity using behavioral, task-based neuropsychological assessment batteries.

 
 

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Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Roman Goz

Research Interests:

Epileptic spectrum disorders affects millions of people around the world. Related genetic malfunction has been found only for a very small part of those epileptic disorders.Epilepsy might also follow traumatic injury. The changes in electrophysiological properties of neuronal tissue that makes it hyper-excitable, creating a synchronous firing either in a small brain area, or that spreads to multiple brain areas, are still enigma. I'm interested in discovering the answer to that. Understanding what neuronal circuit initiate this synchronous activity, whether there is an origin in a specific cell type is the current goal.

 
 

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Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
 

Dameon Harrell

Research Interests:

My interest include understanding the mechanisms underlying auditory temporal processing. Specifically, I aim to conduct research elucidating how sounds are perceptually bound together through time to form auditory streams and how attention allows focus on a single stream in the presence of competing streams.

 
 

henry_harrison

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Henry Harrison

Research Interests:

Visually guided action; behavioral dynamics; action-selection; self-organization; sports science.

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 rh1 (1)

Linguistics
 

Ryosuke Hattori

Research Interests:

Theoretical Comparative Syntax, Early Child Language Development

Website

 
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Psychology
 

Manya Jyotishi

Research Interests:

My research interest lies in investigating the socio-cognitive processes that are involved in the formation of narratives in children. I want to better understand the interactional processes that occur between culture and language in the development of stories. More so, I am interested in examining this concept in children with ASD who have social impairments, to better understand cultural influences within a developmental and clinical framework.

 
 

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Molecular & Cell Biology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Kavitha Kannan

Research Interests:

I am interested in studying the molecular mechanisms behind neurodegenerative disease progression using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. My current research uses genetic tools available in Drosophila combined with cellular and molecular biology approaches to identify novel genetic modifiers that play key roles in in human neurodegenerative diseases.

 

NathanKellen

Philosophy
 

Nathan Kellen

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the nature of truth, logic, meaning and reasoning, including its conceptual development and empirical study. I am also the Coordinator of the Expression, Communication, and Origin of Meaning (ECOM) Research Group, where I work on the origins of morality in human and nonhuman animals.

 

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Biomedical Science/Neuroscience
 

Brittany Knight

Research Interests:

Pain affects millions of people with few effective treatment options. Inflammation is important for tissue repair but if not resolved, can contribute to persistent pain. Several proteins regulate inflammation, including tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1). I am interested in the role of TIMP-1 in preventing the transition from acute to persistent pain.

 
 
Kyra_Krass
Psychology

Kyra Krass

Research Interests:

I am interested in researching sentence processing and bilingualism using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. I am also interested in how context as well as anticipation are incorporated into sentence processing. My current work involves looking into the connection between verbs and their states.

 
 

martin_lang

Anthropology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Martin Lang

Research Interests:

My primary interest is ritual and effects of its various components on human behavior. I study effects of music on inter-personal coordination, synchronous movement, decision-making and social bonding. My other research line is focused on understanding the role that ritualized motor sequences might play in alleviating anxiety. I use physiological measurements, motion capture, machine-learning algorithms, and linear and nonlinear data analysis (recurrence quantification analysis).

 
 

Tommy_Lee

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Tommy Lee

Research Interests:

Tommy Lee is interested in the mechanisms underlying learning and memory in the dorsal and ventral regions of the hippocampus. His research is interdisciplinary—integrating behavior, neuropharmacology, electrophysiology, and computational neuroscience. After completing his Ph.D. and a postdoctoral fellowship, Tommy Lee aspires to be a professor of neuroscience at a research I university to continue his research and teaching.

 
 

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Mechanical Engineering
 

Lu Li

Research Interests:

3D bio-printing, microfluidics, heat and mass transfer

 
 

Monica Li (1)

Psychology
 

Monica Li

Research Interests:

My main research interests include the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying spoken word recognition, particularly in terms of the influence from phonological factors. I am also interested in language processing abilities of certain clinical populations, such as ASD and SLI. I employ eyetracking and fMRI methodologies to investigate my topics of interests.

 
 
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Psychology

Maurici Lopez-Felip

Research Interests:

My research interests include Complex Sciences, Synergetics, Perception and Action, Embodied Cognition, Motor control and learning.

 
 
Jin Lu
Computer Science and Engineering

Jin Lu

Research Interests:

Machine Learning, Numerical Analysis: Matrix/Tensor Analysis, Optimization, Bayesian inference, Blind Signal Separation, Collaborate Filtering, Sparse Representation Theory
Computer Vision: Image Reconstruction, Denoising, Segmentation and Recognition, Visual Saliency
Other Interests: Statistical Computing, Bioinformatics, Sensing Data Analysis, Data Mining, Mechanism of Brain and Vision

 
sahil   
Psychology

Sahil Luthra

Research Interests:

My research interests pertain to how we represent words mentally and how this is achieved computationally/neurally. I am particularly interested in how different factors (talker identity, speech sounds, sentence context) might affect the activation of lexical (word) representations as well as in how different lexical representations might influence each other.

 
 
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Psychology

Monica Ly

Research Interests:

My research interests are in improving neuroimaging analysis methods to allow for more in-depth research, and using neuroimaging techniques to explore the basis and treatment of psychological disorders, mood and anxiety disorders in particular.

 
 Mala

Educational Leadership/NEAG School of Education
 

Jesse Mala

Research Interests:

My research interests include examining the effect of poverty on stress markers (cortisol) and its impact on executive functions. Furthermore, I am interested in in assessing whether sport and physical activity can mitigate overall stress levels and its negative impact on executive function.

 
 

Natasza_marrouch

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Natasza Marrouch

Research Interests:

My primary research focuses on the processing of unpredictability. Building on interdisciplinary postulates from information theory, probability theory, and neurological findings, I explore the role of unpredictability in the formation and persistence of belief systems. To this end I apply a combination of experimental methods, computational modeling, and multilevel analysis of open-source socioeconomic, Geo-spatial data, and individual level data.

 
 

Gabriel_Martinez-Vera

Linguistics
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Gabriel Martinez-Vera

Research Interests:

Semantics, Morphosyntax, Syntax-Semantics Interface

 
 

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Psychology
 

Shireena McGee

Research Interests:

I am interested in exploring learning and education through the lens of developmental psychology. Specifically focused on preschool aged children, I aim to better inform educational presentation and lesson execution with cognitive development research. I am also interested in an embodied cognition approaches to learning, reasoning, problem solving and skill acquisition.

 
 

Timothy_Michaels

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Timothy Michaels

Research Interests:

My research utilizes translational and interdisciplinary methods to examine the neural basis of perceptual and cognitive deficits that underlie serious mental illness. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how attention and working memory impairments relate to psychosis and contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.

 
 

Glenn_Milton

Molecular & Cell Biology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Glenn Milton

Research Interests:

We are interested in X chromosome evolution in respect to disease, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As an epigenetics lab, we are interested in the epigenetic environment and the role it plays in gene regulation on the X chromosome. We aim to define the chromatin architecture of an X-linked imprinting control region in mice and to define expression and regulation of an ASD candidate gene in human brain tissue.

 
 

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Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
 

Nicholas Monto

Research Interests:

My current research interests include human and machine perception of both spoken and written word. In this vein I utilize behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging techniques to investigate how individuals adapt to variability in their linguistic environments.

 

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Psychology

Hannah Morrow

Research Interests:

My research uses cognitive neuroscience methods to unveil the neural processes behind how we learn, a process which is relevant to almost every research field (as research is the business of learning), but with most obvious connections to psycholinguistics, clinical psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and developmental psychology. I plan on using not only my research findings, but also my extensive outreach experience to be a catalyst for interdisciplinary research both within and outside of the IBaCS community.

 
 
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Psychology

Alexandra Palmisano

Research Interests:

My research interests involve developing a comprehensive understanding of the neurobiology of drug addiction, with specific interests examining the effects of abused drugs on learning and memory processes. Additional research interests include virtual reality testing of complex behaviors.

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Ashley-Parker (1)
Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences

Ashley Parker

Research Interests:

I am interested in using interdisciplinary methods to study specific language impairment, with a focus on semantics. My other research interests include neurolinguistics, monolingual and bilingual first language acquisition (typical and atypical), and literacy.

 

 
 
Soniya
Psychology

Soniya Assudani Patel

Research Interests:

My research interests include understanding the neural basis of learning and memory, neurodegenerative disorders, and neuropsychopharmacology. Via use of virtual reality, our lab is able to examine human performance on commonly used rodent tasks that have been adapted for comparison. Currently I an examining the impact that estradiol has on hippocampal-dependent spatial memory.

 

 
 
Rob_Petrosino
Linguistics

Roberto Petrosino

Research Interests:

I am mainly interested in phonological theory, and its scope onto speech perception and recognition. How do we memorize, perceive and recognize sounds? Are phonological "representations" featurally fully-specified or under-specified? Are they sensitive to articulatory and/or spectro-acoustic complexity (i.e., markedness)?.

Website

 
 
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Psychology

Vitor Profeta

Research Interests:

My main research interest is in motor control with emphasis on perceptual-motor learning and transfer.

 
 

Yanina_Prystauka

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Yanina Prystauka

Research Interests:

Are brain regions recruited for processing object state changes sensitive to the number of dimensions on which the change occurs? What is the effect of processing identical syntactic structures with different levels of semantic complexity on the working memory load? Do native and L2 speakers have similar mechanisms of morphosyntactic processing? I use converging evidence from psycholinguistics and syntax to study sentence processing and its neural correlates.

 
 

Rainer

Communication
 

Adam Rainear

Research Interests:

My research is broadly focused in the fields of risk, science, and environmental communication. More specifically, I am interested in how humans communicate, perceive, and respond to risk, science, and environmental information, to help bridge the gap between physical scientists, social scientists. Also, I am also interested in utilizing new technology platforms (such as virtual reality, social robotics, or social media) to communicate weather risks to the public.

Website

 
 

Russell_Richie

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Russell Richie

Research Interests:

My interests include cognitive science most broadly, language more specifically, and most specifically, language dynamics (processing, acquisition, emergence in communities, historical change, evolution in our species). I mostly investigate these dynamics in the lexicon and in prosody, using behavioral and neurophysiological experiments, corpus analysis, and computational modeling. I also maintain interests in data science and natural language processing.

Website

 
 
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Biomedical Engineering

Anna Roto

Research Interests:

I am interested in the effects of physical therapy and exercise on cognitive and motor performance. More specifically, I am interested in characteristic differences in the neural basis of motor learning and movement between traditionally developed/healthy individuals and those with disabilities.

 
 

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Communication
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Brenda Rourke

Research Interests:

My research is broadly focused on information processing in mediated environments for atypical populations. I am specifically interested in congnitive processing diffrences in mediated learning for individuals with high functioning autism and attention deficit disorders. My work draws from research in education, psychology, communication, telecommunication, engineering, and cognitive science.

 
 

kayleigh_ryherd

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Kayleigh Ryherd

Research Interests:

I am interested in how an individual’s semantic representations and knowledge about concepts affect their reading comprehension ability. Specifically, I’m interested in poor comprehenders, people who show a specific impairment in language comprehension without problems in word decoding or other more general cognitive processes. I use behavioral and neuroimaging methodologies to try to understand the specific comprehension deficit in this population.

 
 

jenelle

Philosophy
 

Jenelle Salisbury

Research Interests:

I am primarily interested in the unity of consciousness and how the neuroscience of information-integration can inform philosophical theories on the unity of consciousness. Relatedly I am interested in the issue of "interpretation."

 

 
 

Garrett_Smith

Psychology
IBaCS Graduate Fellow '16

Garrett Smith

Research Interests:

Sentence processing, particularly the effects meaning has on syntactic form; Nonlinear dynamics and self-organization in language and cognition; Computational modeling.

Website

 
 
malavika_suresh
Biomedical Engineering

Malavika Suresh

Research Interests:

My current research investigates EEG-based (non-invasive) resting modes in patients (specifically adults) with Cerebral Palsy, before and through rehabilitation as compared to healthy subjects. This research involves an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach to investigate whether there are significant changes in motion and balance because of the rehabilitation protocol and can therefore be used to develop a rehabilitation device for such patients.

Website

 
 
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Psychology

Vivi Tecoulesco

Research Interests:

Broadly speaking, my interest lies in how individuals with autism spectrum disorders learn and use language, with particular emphasis on lexical acquisition and organization. I am interested in the central auditory system’s role in language processing, specifically how inconsistent neural coding of complex speech sounds affects word learning and use.

 

 
PT_Green (1)
Psychology

Parker Tichko

Research Interests:

My interests include the developmental plasticity of the auditory system (e.g., experience-dependent plasticity), music cognition (e.g., music-language interface, cross-domain effects of musical training), and dynamical systems approaches to cognitive development. I use behavioral and electrophysiological techniques to study brain-behavior relationships, such as the neural encoding of complex sounds and reading development.

Zhe Wang
Statistics

Zhe Wang

Research Interests:

I am interested in neuroscience and cognitive diagnosis model, specifically how to realize parameter estimation and interpret the results of cognitive diagnosis.

 

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Psychology

Emily Wycoff

Research Interests:

At the intersection of cognitive science and health psychology, my research primarily focused on how executive functioning influences diet, binge eating, and outcomes in weight loss treatment.

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Psychology

Charles Wassermann

Research Interests:

My current research in the Music Dynamics Lab focuses on experimental testing of neural entrainment/synchronization to complex rhythms by analyzing steady-state and frequency following responses to these rhythms using Electroencephalography (EEG). I am also interested in neural oscillatory coding of statistical elements of sound, and how biofeedback/neurofeedback techniques could be used to manipulate/enhance auditory perception and processing in clinical populations (e.g. ASD, Dyslexia etc...)

Website

 
XiaoYang (1) Psychology

Xiao Yang

Research Interests:

I am interested in studying neurobiology and treatment of mental disorders characterized by deficits in self-regulation (inhibition, emotion regulation, and impulse control). I use interdisciplinary methods to examine the structure, function, and connectivity changes that underline cognitive deficits.