I-LABS Faculty & Staff

Meet the scientists, students and staff at I-LABS

Meet the scientists, students and staff at I-LABS

Drs. Kuhl and Meltzoff currently work with a team of renowned scientists, Postdoctoral Fellows and graduate students from around the world. The interdisciplinary team draws from numerous fields of study at the University of Washington including the Department of Psychology, the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Faculty from many University of Washington departments, and from institutions around the world, collaborate on specific research projects in conjunction with Institute scientists.

Institute Faculty

The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences houses an interdisciplinary group of faculty from several University of Washington departments, schools and colleges.  Faculty collaborations across departments give rise to exciting research synergies. In addition, I-LABS’ faculty affiliates collaborate on specific research projects in conjunction with Institute scientists. Read More »


Postdoctoral Fellows and Students

The Institute draws top recent Ph.D.s and promising graduate students from around the world. These next generation scientists help make the Institute the nexus for research on the science of early learning. Read More »


Research and Institute Staff

Staff members play key roles in conducting all aspects of I-LABS’ research and in providing support for the infrastructure of the Institute. Read More »


Alumni Scientists

We are proud that these people have all spent time at I-LABS and have now moved to take important positions in the field elsewhere. Read More »

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Ross Maddox, Ph.D.

Dr. Maddox is a postdoctoral fellow studying crossmodal auditory and visual attention with Dr. Adrian KC Lee. Prior to his arrival at I-LABS, he earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University with Drs.... Read more

Dan McCloy, Ph.D.

Dan joined the lab in June 2013 after completing his PhD in Linguistics at UW. His dissertation looked at the relationship between speech intelligibility and speech prosody. At [LABS]N, Dan's research is focused on... Read more

Maria Mittag, Ph.D.

Maria is a post-doctoral fellow working in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s lab. Maria obtained her Master’s degree in Psychology from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. She received her PhD from the Cognitive... Read more

Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, Ph.D.

Tal-Chen is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. Her research at I-LABS examines the connections between music, synchrony and emotional and social interaction in toddlers and young children. She obtained... Read more

Joni Saby, Ph.D.

Dr. Saby is a postdoctoral fellow examining self-other mapping in infancy with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. Prior to coming to the I-LABS, Dr. Saby completed her Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience at Temple... Read more

Jasper van den Bosch

Jasper J.F. van den Bosch is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Patricia Kuhl. He grew up in the Netherlands where he graduated in Psychology from Maastricht University. In his postgraduate research at Goethe... Read more

Anna Waismeyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Waismeyer is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. Before coming to the Institute, she earned a Ph.D. in comparative and developmental psychology at the University of California at Berkeley with Dr.... Read more

Christina Zhao, Ph.D.

Christina Zhao is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s lab, where she recently obtained her Ph.D. in 2015. Her background includes Speech and Hearing Sciences, Psychology, Biology and Piano Performance.... Read more

Graduate Students

Jose Ceballos

He received his undergraduate degree in Linguistics with a focus in psychobiology from the University of Florida, where he conducted research on the differences in syntactic and semantic processing across various groups of... Read more

Melanie Fish

Melanie Fish splits her time at I-LABS between the Kuhl Lab and the Outreach team. Melanie is a fourth-year PhD student working under the direction of Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl. Her research investigates the neural mechanisms... Read more

Lindsey Kishline

Lindsey is a first year graduate student in the Speech and Hearing Sciences department and pursuing her PhD in the lab. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology where... Read more

Ashley Ruba

Ashley is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology working under the direction of Dr. Betty Repacholi. Ashley first discovered infant research in a language development lab at Duke University. Her honors thesis was... Read more

Roy Seo

She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Psychology and Linguistics. During her undergraduate years, she examined the role of individual differences in working memory capacity as it relates to sentence... Read more

Mark Wronkiewicz

Mark is a second year student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program and is currently pursuing his PhD in the lab. He graduated from the Biomedical Engineering program at Washington University in St. Louis where he... Read more

Brianna Yamasaki

She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Washington, where she worked as a research assistant in two labs studying infant social and moral development and the bilingual advantage. Her... Read more


Kersten Barton

Kersten Barton, a senior in high school at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, was an outstanding intern with Dr. Rechele Brooks. During her internship, Kersten worked on an independent project to investigate the... Read more

Ellie Henningsgaard

Ellie Henningsgaard spent spring term of her senior year (Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA) as an intern at I-LABS. She worked in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s Speech Research Laboratory. Ellie was a tremendous asset,... Read more

Priyanka Jain

Priyanka Jain came to I-LABS for a summer internship following her senior year at University Prep. With an interest in pursuing neuroscience at Stanford University in the Fall, she participated in projects in several... Read more

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Krawczak

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Krawczak, a rising sophomore at Pitzer College, came to I-LABS with an interest in neuroscience and the dissemination of research to the broader community. She worked closely with the... Read more

Brianna Lear

Brianna Lear is a research intern at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience and Behavior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Eventually, she... Read more

Claire Mao

Claire Mao, incoming junior at University Prep, is a summer intern at Dr. Rechele Brooks’ Joint Visual Attention Lab. She is observing helping behavior in infants from JVA studies as well as other projects. Claire is... Read more

Orren Arad-Neeman

Orren Arad-Neeman continued her internship for a second year this summer at I-LABS. Her first year at Pomona College peaked her interest in Linguistics and Computer Science, so she worked closely with Liv Wrobleweski on a... Read more

Loan Nguyen

Loan Nguyen was a Gates Millennium Scholar pursuing a degree in Medical Technology when she completed an internship at I-LABS that was sponsored by Casey Family Programs. She is currently attending graduate school in... Read more

Niki Petrakos

Niki Petrakos began working with Dr. Rechele Brooks in the Joint Visual Attention (JVA) Lab at I-LABS as a sophomore at Interlake High School. Having already volunteered at the UW Medical Center, Niki wanted to experience... Read more

William Poole

William Poole was a student at Eastside Preparatory School in Kirkland, WA when he spent 6 months at I-LABS completing an internship to learn more about brain imaging tools. With a passion for biology and physics, William... Read more

Kennedy Poore

Kennedy Poore participated in an I-LABS summer internship as an incoming senior at Mercer Island High School. With an interest in both research and outreach, she worked on projects related to speech perception, social-... Read more