I-LABS Postdoctoral Fellows & 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.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, Ph.D.

Dr. Barragan is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. His research at I-LABS examines how every-day aspects of children’s experiences, such as the extent to which they engage in reciprocal... Read more

Ashley Drew, Ph.D.

Ashley joined the lab in June 2017 as a post-doc working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. She completed her PhD in Psychology working with Dr. Peter Marshall at Temple University. Her dissertation focused on interpersonal visual-... Read more

Libby Huber, Ph.D.

Dr. Libby Huber joins the lab after finishing her PhD in Psychology here at the University of Washington. Her dissertation work in the Vision and Cognition Lab focused on how visual experience shapes cortical development.... Read more

Bonnie Lau, PhD, CCC-SLP

Bonnie joined the lab in April 2015 following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota and her PhD work in speech and hearing sciences at the University of Washington. For her doctoral work, Bonnie studied... 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

Yael Weiss-Zruya, Ph.D.

Dr. Yael Weiss-Zruya is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s laboratory. She earned her B.A. in the Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Haifa, Israel, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the... Read more

Peiyun Zhou

Dr. Peiyun Zhou works with Dr. Chantel Prat, Dr. Andrea Stocco, and Dr. Rajesh Rao. Her current research interests include applying machine learning methods to model learners’ mental states and predict their... Read more

Graduate Students

Zachary Bednarke

Zachary studies the physics of magnetoencephalography (MEG) as a graduate student of Dr. Samu Taulu. His work centers on the challenge of inferring the mechanisms of learning in the brains of developing infants by applying... Read more

Ruofan Cai

Ruofan joined I-LABS in 2016 as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl. She received her B.A. in Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley, focusing on speech perception research in the UC... Read more

Maggie Clarke

Maggie is a PhD student studying under Dr. Patricia Kuhl since 2016. Her current research  focuses on magnetoencephalography (MEG) method development and validation as well as studying the cortical networks... Read more

Patrick Donnelly

Patrick joined the Brain Development and Education Lab in July, 2015 after participating in the I-LABS Summer Internship Program. He received his B.A. in Child Development from Tufts University, focusing on dyslexia and... 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

Hiu Tung Gloria Lam

Hiu Tung Gloria, Lam is an international student from Singapore, a senior majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is fluent in three languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese and is striving to become a speech-... Read more

Michael P. McDonald

Michael was formerly a consultant in adult learning & training in the financial and technology sectors, and completed a M.S. in Experimental Psychology at Central Washington University.  He remains passionate... Read more

Malayka Mottarella

Malayka Mottarella graduated from Willamette University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. During her time as an undergraduate, Malayka acted as a research assistant and lab manager for... Read more

Patrick J Rice

Patrick Rice is a graduate student in the Psychology department, pursuing a Ph.D. under Dr. Andrea Stocco. His research concerns rule representation in frontal cortex, focusing on how these structures communicate with... Read more

Wan Jin Yeo

Wan Jin is a PhD student working with Dr. Samu Taulu on the physics behind magnetoencephalography (MEG) systems. She received her BS in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from UC San Diego. Currently, she is investigating... Read more


Margaux Bouchegnies

Margaux Bouchegnies is currently pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in creative coding at The New School in New York City. Coming from a French-American household, she is excited to join I-LABS this summer to... Read more

Jake McManus

Jake McManus is a rising senior at the University of Washington, majoring in linguistics. His research interests include second language acquisition, natural language processing, and statistical learning. This summer with... Read more

Eva Nunez

Eva Nunez is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.A. in Psychology. Starting this fall, she will be attending Teachers College, Columbia University to pursue an M.Ed. in Psychological Counseling. Eva’s... Read more

Annique Nyman

Annique Nyman is a rising senior at Princeton University where she is studying Psychology and pursuing a premedical track. As an intern this summer, she looks to expand her knowledge on childhood development and how... Read more

A’Dawnah Pangelinan

A’Dawnah Pangelinan is a rising sophomore at UW-Seattle, currently working towards a major in Neuroscience. Her research interests reside in neuroscience, neurotechnology, psychology, and linguistics. This summer, A... Read more

Alexis Reissmann

Alexis Reissmann is a senior at Western Washington University pursing a B.S. in behavioral neuroscience. At Western she is a research assistant under Dr. McNeel Janzten in the Language and Neural Systems lab, studying the... Read more