I-LABS Faculty & Staff

Meet the scientists, students and staff at I-LABS

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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

Dilara Deniz Can, Ph.D.

Dr. Deniz Can is a post-doctoral fellow working in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s lab. Dr. Deniz Can obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. She recently earned a PhD in... Read more

Eric Larson, Ph.D.

Dr. Larson is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Adrian KC Lee on studies of auditory attention. Before coming to the Institute, he earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Boston University with Dr. Kamal Sen. Dr.... Read more

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

Ping Mamiya, Ph.D.

Dr. Mamiya is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Patricia Kuhl on how dopamine and serotonin mediates language learning through modulation of neural activity in the prefrontal cortex. She earned her Ph.D. in Department... Read more

Allison Master, Ph.D.

Dr. Master is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff and Dr. Sapna Cheryan. Before coming to the Institute, she earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at Stanford University, working with Dr. Carol... 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 Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany. She pursued her PhD degree at... 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... Read more

Naja Ferjan Ramirez, Ph.D.

Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez is a post-doctoral fellow working in Dr. Patricia Kuhl's lab. Before coming to I-LABS, Naja earned her Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Linguistics... Read more

Leoandra Onnie Rogers, Ph.D.

Dr. Rogers is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. Prior to coming to the Institute, she earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from New York University with Dr. Niobe Way, and her bachelor's... 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

Jason Yeatman

Dr. Jason Yeatman is a post-doctoral fellow working in Patricia Kuhl’s lab. Before joining the Institute, he completed his PhD in Brian Wandell’s lab at Stanford University where he studied the neural basis of... Read more

Theresa Becker Zolnikov, Ph.D.

Dr. Theresa Becker Zolnikov is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Chantel Prat in the Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Lab. Prior to her arrival at I-LABS, she earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University... 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 is a graduate student working under the direction of Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a minor in Italian from the University of Washington. In the two years following... Read more

Theresa Hennings

Theresa Hennings is a graduate student in Dr. Betty Repacholi’s Social and Emotional Development Lab. Theresa received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, where she worked as a research... 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

Christina Zhao

Christina (Tian) Zhao is a graduate student in Dr. Patricia Kuhl's lab. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with minors in Biology and Music... Read more

Interns

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

Lily Shafer

Lily Shafer graduated from University of Portland with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Spanish. She has a background in language development and the deaf and hard of hearing community. Lily... Read more

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