BAND Lab Alumni

Former Research Assistants

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Evan Suzman

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-19

Graduate Research Assistant, 2019-2021

Evan graduated from the Biomedical Sciences Program in 2021. He graduated with degrees in Child Development and History from Vanderbilt University in 2019. He is currently a medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Evan's research focused on links between sensory functioning and higher-order processes in infants with ASD.

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Varsha Garla
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018-2021

Varsha graduated with a degree in Neuroscience. Her research involved the diagnosis of ASD in the third year of life.

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Sam Bordman, MS, CF-SLP
Graduate Research Assistant, 2019-2021

Sam graduated with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2021. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Communication Science in 2018. Sam is currently a clinical fellow in speech-language pathology at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Sam's research focused on language development in infants at high risk for autism.

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Peter Abdelmessih
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018-2021

Peter graduated with a major in Neuroscience. His research examined neurophysiological correlates of sensorimotor and multisensory integration adults and children with ASD.

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Clare Daly
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2020

Claire graduated with majors in Psychology and Spanish. Her research looked at communication and language development in infants and young children with ASD. She is currently a second-year master's student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Vanderbilt.

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Yupeng Liu
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2020

Yupeng graduated with a degree in Neuroscience. He is currently a medical student at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. While in the lab, Yupeng explored measurement and malleability of audiovisual multisensory integration in children with ASD.

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Aine Muhumuza
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018-2020

Aine graduated with a degree in Neuroscience. Her research involved using electrophyisology to predict later development in infants at high-risk for ASD.

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Ashley Augustine
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2018

Ashley graduated with a major in Biological Sciences and began medical school at Case Western Reserve University. Her work examined how parent-child interactions related to later development in infants at high-risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Augustine

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Sarah Bowman
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017
Full Time Research Assistant, 2017-2018
Graduate Research Assistant, 2019

Sarah graduated from Vanderbilt with a major in Medicine, Health, and Society. She stayed in the lab as a research assistant for one year, then returned for a mentored research experience under Dr. Woynaroski before her second year of medical school. She is currently a medical student at the University of Georgia. Her research looked at sensory processing in infants at high- and low-risk for ASD.

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Margaret Cassidy
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2019

Maggie graduated from Vanderbilt with a major in Neuroscience and a Math minor. While in the Woynaroski Lab, her research looked at the genetic and neural correlates of sensory function in children with ASD. Currently, her research in Wallace Lab looks at mouse models of sensory functioning in ASD.

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Julie Conrad
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2018

Julie graduated from Vanderbilt with a double major in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, and Society and enrolled in medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focused on interventions to improve multisensory processing in children with ASD.

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Alexandra Golden
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2018
Part Time Research Assistant, 2018-2019

Allie graduated from Vanderbilt with a double major in Child Studies and Medicine, Health, and Society. She spent a year working in lab part-time as a staff research assistant before enrolling at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her research focused on early intervention aimed at mitigating the developmental sequelae of early sensory differences in high-risk infants.

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Wayne Kuang
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2018

Wayne, the first undergraduate student in the Woynaroski Lab, graduated with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Corporate Strategy. He is currently an osteopathic medical student at Western University of Health Sciences. His research focused on multisensory processing and speech perception in children with ASD.

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Prachy Mahbub
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018

Prachy completed an intensive summer research experience while double majoring in Neuroscience and Religion at Mount Holyoke College. Her interests lie in researching the genetic basis of multisensory differences in children with ASD and novel interventions that can alleviate them.

Emily Terrebonne
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018-2019

Emily graduated with a major in Neuroscience. After working with Jean-Paul Noel of the Wallace Lab, Emily came to the Woynaroski Lab to complete a project looking at neural correlates of peripersonal space in individuals with ASD.

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Alexander Tu
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2018

Alex graduated with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Music. He is currently in medical school at the University of Nebraska on a full tuition scholarship. His research looked at the effect of music on multisensory integration and speech perception in children with ASD.