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Brain Wave

Director

Bharath Chandrasekaran

Bharath Chandrasekaran completed his PhD in Integrative Neuroscience at Purdue University and is a professor and vice chair for Research in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. He studies the neural representation of speech and music signals using functional magnetic resonance imaging and electrophysiological methods.


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Nike Gnanateja Gurindapalli

Nike Gnanateja Gurindapalli (PhD, All Institute of Speech and Hearing, University of Mysore) is interested in understanding the neural correlates of speech perception in adverse listening conditions. He uses sub-cortical and cortical EEG in consonance with behavioral measures to understand how the cues for speech perception are encoded in the normal and impaired auditory system.

Fernando Llanos

Fernando Llanos (PhD, Purdue University) is currently a post-doctoral fellow in speech neuroscience. He investigates the perceptual and neural mechanisms involved in the processing and learning of speech categories by means of linguistic analysis, behavioral research, and electrophysiological methods. He also uses computational modeling to investigate hypotheses on how speech signals are processed in the brain. 

Casey Roark

Casey Roark (PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Carnegie Mellon University) is interested in understanding the computational and neural mechanisms involved in perceptual category learning. She investigates these mechanisms through behavioral analysis, computational models, and fMRI.


Graduate Student

Jacie McHaney

Jacie McHaney is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. She is interested in the neurological bases of speech processing associated with healthy and disordered aging and the role of hearing impairment in long-term cognitive decline.


Research Assistants

Megan McKenzie

Danielle Wu

Laura Fahs


Affiliated Researcher

Heather Dial

Heather Dial is a post-doctoral fellow in the Aphasia Research Treatment Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in Psychology from Rice University (2016). Her current research interests lie in developing effective behavioral treatments for individuals with primary progressive aphasia and defining the neural bases of treatment-induced gains.


Alumni

Gangyi Feng

Gangyi Feng was a post-doctoral fellow in the SoundBrain Lab and is currently a research assistant professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Boji Lam

Boji Lam was a PhD student in the SoundBrain Lab and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology at the University of North Texas.

Rachel Reetzke

Rachel Reetzke was a PhD student in the SoundBrain Lab and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

Kirsten Smayda

Kirsten Smayda was a PhD student in the SoundBrain Lab in the Cognitive Neuroscience area of Psychology. She is currently a data scientist at Pear Therapeutics, Inc.

Rachel Tessmer

Rachel Tessmer was a graduate student in the SoundBrain Lab and is a PhD student at UT Austin.

Kristin Van Engen

Kristin Van Engen was a post-doctoral fellow in the SoundBrain Lab and is now faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.

Zilong Xie

Zilong Xie was a PhD student in the SoundBrain Lab and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland.

Han-Gyol Yi

Han-Gyol Yi was a PhD student in the SoundBrain Lab and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Visit www.hangyolyi.com.

Benjamin Zinszer

Benjamin Zinszer was a research associate in the SoundBrain Lab and is currently a research associate at the University of Delaware. His work is available at www.benjaminz.com.