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

Lauren Graham, Ph.D.

Dr. Lauren Graham is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Andrea Stocco and Dr. Chantel Prat in the Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Lab. Before her arrival at I-LABS, she earned her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at... 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

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

Kambiz Tavabi, Ph.D.

Dr. Tavabi is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Patricia Kuhl on studies of speech and language neuroscience in infants. He earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignal... Read more

Tamara Spiewak Toub

Dr. Tamara Spiewak Toub is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff and Dr. Betty Repacholi. Prior to being a Fellow, she earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Washington under the... 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

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

Sara Chai

Sara hails from New York City and received her bachelor's in Audio Engineering. After working as an Audio Engineer/Sound Designer in television post-production, Sara is excited to make the switch into the field 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

Mihwa Kim

Mihwa is a third year student in the clinical Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at the University of Washington. She has been a part of the lab since September 2011 and is currently working on her capstone project. The... Read more

Elliot Saba

Elliot began his college career believing he would study the artistic expressiveness of sound through composition, but the power and analytic beauty of signal processing led him to pursue and receive a Bachelor of Science... 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

Undergraduate Students

Nick Adman

Nick Adman is a rising junior studying linguistics at the University of Washington. He was accepted on admission into the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, but hopes to earn a College Honors degree by trying his hand at... Read more

Raymond Alvarez

Raymond is currently a sophomore here at the University of Washington. He is very excited to be a Husky for another year! He is hoping to get into the Psychology and Neurobiology departments here in the U.W. and go to grad... Read more

Kelsey Brongil

Kelsey Brongil is majoring in Psychology at the University of Washington and graduates June 15, 2013. After graduation, she is moving to LA to eventually gain residency in CA and go to graduate school for behavioral... Read more

Addie Bullamore

Addie Bullamore is a senior and she will graduate June 2012 with a BA in Psychology. She may persue her graduate degree in teaching. She has found she loves working with kids. Addie also likes to dance, read, swim, hike,... Read more

Nicole Cho

Nicole Cho is double majoring in Social Welfare and Psychology. She graduates on June 11, 2011. After graduating she hopes to find a job that allows her to work with youth for a couple years before pursuing graduate... Read more

Moon Choi

Seok Moon (Moon) Choi is studying Psychology at the University of Washington. He will be graduating in August, 2013. Then, he goes back to South Korea to serve his country as an Air Force officer. Moon loves to play sports... Read more

Prysilla DeLaTorre

Prysilla De La Torre is majoring in Psychology and Biochemistry. She graduates in 2014. After graduating she hopes to attend graduate school or medical school. Her ultimate goal being either a child clinical psychologist... Read more

Katie Dennis

Katie Dennis is a senior majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Upon graduating, she plans to pursue graduate studies in speech pathology. Katie is a Girl Scout leader and enjoys photography and astronomy. Read more

Christa Dodson

Christa is a senior at the University of Washington in the Speech and Hearing department with a minor in History. She will be working under Dr. Lee's mentorship on her Honors thesis project in the coming year. She is... Read more

Rona Ding

Rona is a senior at the University of Washington in the Speech and Hearing department with a minor in math. She is also pre-med and hopes to go to medical school after graduating and doing a year of Americorps. In her free... Read more

Michelle Drews

Michelle Drews is a senior at the University of Washington double majoring in Neurobiology and Biochemistry with departmental honors as well as a minor Bioethics and Humanities, and is also a member of the University of... Read more

Bedii Duru Altug

Bedii Duru Altug is pursuing degrees in Linguistics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization along with a minor in International Studies – Comparative Islamic Studies. In the fall he will be working on his Master... Read more

Josh Fernandez

Josh will be starting his senior year at the University of Washington. He is currently working towards majoring in Psychology with hopes of getting into graduate school to further study Cognitive science. This is Josh... Read more

Rio Frazier

Joanie (Rio) Frazier is an undergraduate at the University of Washington. She is in her senior year majoring in linguistics and minoring in Spanish. Her interests lie in first and second language acquisition, the... Read more

Sandrine Girard

Sandrine Girard, a second year student at the University of Washington, is starting her journey through the Psychology Honors Program upon her return from studying abroad in Spain during fall quarter. The scope of her... Read more

Alice Hahn

Alice Hahn is a UW senior pursuing a BS degree in Psychology. She is interested in behavioral neuroscience and clinical psychology, and plans to continue her studies by entering a PhD program upon graduation. She will be... Read more

Amanda Harding

Amanda is an undergraduate at the University of Washington. She is in her sophomore year majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Amanda’s research interest centers on the laterality of the... Read more

Anne Harvey

Anne Harvey is a junior majoring in Speech & Hearing Sciences. After graduation, she hopes to be accepted into the AuD program at the University of Washington and eventually become certified as a clinical Audiologist.... Read more

Marissa Herzog

Marissa Herzog is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. After graduating, she hopes to be a counselor or therapist in a children’s hospital. She first fell in love with psychology when she took an... Read more

Vivian Jiang

Vivian comes from Beijing, a city with great historical and cultural significance. She is currently a junior year undergraduate student of the University of Washington majoring in Psychology, and pursuing her honor program... Read more

Alexandra Kronz Kaethler

Alexandra is an undergraduate student pursuing a double degree consisting of a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and a minor in Linguistics. She is enthused to be researching in the... Read more

Megan Kao

Megan Kao is a sophomore majoring in psychology. Upon graduating, she plans to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology, and hopefully open her own practice in the future. Outside of school, Megan enjoys playing... Read more

Krystyna Kolodziej

Krystyna is an undergraduate at the University of Washington. She is hoping to be accepted into the neurobiology major as a junior this coming winter. Along with the other biological systems of the human body her studies... Read more

Demetrius LeNoir

Demetrius is an energetic undergraduate at the University of Washington. He is a freshman planning to major in Psychology and has not decided on a possible double major and/or minor. Demetrius is highly interested in the... Read more

Ka Young Lee

Ka Young Lee is a junior double majoring in biochemistry and speech and hearing sciences. She hopes to enter med school upon graduating. Ka Young enjoys watching Japanese animation, reading the newspaper, and browsing the... Read more

Abigail Lim

Abigail is currently a junior at the University of Washington. Originally aspiring to be a child psychologist specializing in music therapy for children, she was only going to major in Psychology until she discovered... Read more

Lillian Louden-Mosio

Lillian is an enthusiastic undergraduate at the University of Washington. She is in the last quarter of her freshman year with an intended major in Psychology. Lillian’s research interests include exploring what... Read more

Aparajitha Chinni Mandava

Chinni is a passionate undergraduate at the University of Washington. She is in her sophomore year double majoring in Biology and Psychology with an emphasis on neurobiology in her studies. Chinni’s research... Read more

Karl Marrett

Karl Marrett is a sophomore honors student studying Neurobiology and minoring in applied math and music. He is also a member of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and the Computational Neuroscience Training... Read more

Samantha Montegudo

Samantha Monteagudo is a junior and she will graduate in June 2015 with a BS in Biology. After graduating she plans on attending graduate school to pursue her dream career as a physical therapist. She then hopes to find a... Read more

Jonathan Mount

Jonathan Mount joined the lab in June 2011, is a sophomore at the University of Washington, and plans to major in bioengineering. This summer he is a NSF-REU sponsored undergraduate CSNE fellowship member, and will conduct... Read more

Pravan Murthy

Pranav is an undergraduate at the University of Washington. He is a freshman who wants to declare Neurobiology as his Major. Pranav has always had a passion for biology, specifically learning about the brain. Pranav... Read more

Rodion Natalenko

Rodion Natalenko, a Moskovsky native, is an undergraduate honors student at the University of Washington, working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As a strong advocate of Leo Tolstoy’s philosophy, he... Read more

Sarah Park

Sarah Park is a postbacc student in the Speech and Hearing Sciences department at the University of Washington and hopes to pursue a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology. She joins the Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Lab from... Read more

Jeremy Pautler

Jeremy Pautler is a senior at UW finishing his B.A. in the Psychology Department. He will be graduating in March 2012. His particular interests include abnormal and animal behavior. Read more

Jill Pignataro

Jill Pignataro is a senior majoring in Speech and Hearing and Spanish. After graduating, she plans on going to graduate school to become a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), where she hopes she can use her... Read more

Clara Roberts

Clara Roberts is a senior at the UW, graduating in June with a degree in Psychology. She plans on taking a year off to work in the psychology field, before heading on to a graduate program. Clara enjoys skiing, tennis, and... Read more

Katie Shafer

Katie Shafer is a senior at the University of Washington and is majoring in Psychology. She will graduate in the spring of 2011. After graduation, she hopes to travel to New Zealand or Australia before pursuing Graduate... Read more

Jessica Wenke

Jessica Wenke is a junior majoring in speech and hearing sciences. Upon graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in speech pathology with an emphasis on voice disorders. Jessica... Read more

Nicole Wilberding

Nicole Wilberding is a junior pursuing a B.S. degree in psychology. She wants to go to graduate school and then pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. She hopes to work with children and adolescents in a clinical setting.... Read more

Bo Woo

Bo Woo is a junior graduating from the University of Washington with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a double minor in Linguistics and Diversity in June of 2015. Over the last three years, Bo has worked... Read more

Daniela Zepeda

Daniela is a passionate undergraduate at the University of Washington. She is a pre-med student in her freshman year majoring in Psychology. Daniela’s research interests include perception and abnormal behavior. She... Read more

Jessie Zhang

Jessie Zhang is an incoming freshman at the University of Washington and joined the lab in June 2012 as a member of the NSF-YSP sponsored undergraduate CSNE fellowship. She has profound bilateral hearing loss, and is... 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

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

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

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