Lab Members

Director

Raksha Mudar PhD, CCC-SLP

Raksha Mudar My research examines: (i) changes in higher order cognitive functions in individuals who are at-risk of developing dementia, such as those with subjective cognitive impairment and mild cognitive impairment. and (ii) the effects of strategy-based cognitive training.
Contact: raksha@illinois.edu

 

Graduate Research Assistants

Lydia Nguyen

Lydia NguyenHometown: Vienna, VA

Education: B.S. Biological Sciences (minor: Psychology), Virginia Tech, 2010-2014

Ph.D. (in progress), Neuroscience, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 2014-present

Contact: ltnguyn2@illinois.edu

Lydia is a PhD. student in the Neuroscience program. Her research interests involve understanding how pathological aging, in particular populations with mild cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases, differs from healthy aging. She uses electroencephalography to examine differences in brain rhythms between these populations. Outside of the lab, Lydia loves watching movies, spending time with h two cats. and traveling when she gets the chance.

 

Shraddha Shende

Shraddha ShendeHometown: Mumbai, India

Education: BASLP, Ali Yavarjung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, 2008-2012

MASLP, AYJNIHH, 2012-2014

PhD. (in progress), Speech and Hearing Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2016-present

Contact: sshende2@illinois-edu

Shraddha"s research interests lie in understanding and discovering any link between hearing loss and cognition in the aging population. She is fascinated by the brain and its neuroplasticity! Her goal is to study and discover intervention techniques which might help improve cognitive perceptions and processing in the elderly population with hearing loss. Eventually, she would like to contribute to translational research in the field.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Fanting Kung

Fanting KungHometown: Naperville, IL

Education: BS. (in progress). Speech and Hearing Science (minor: English), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigm 2014-present

Contact: fkung2@illinois.edu

 

Andrew Perpignani

Andrew PerpignaniHometown: Carbondale, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress), Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-present

Contact: aperp2@illinois.edu

 

Meghan Diamond

Meghan DiamondHometown: Naperville, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress), Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urban Champaign, 2013-present

Contact: mldiamo2@illinois.edu

Stephany Burz

Stephany BurzHometown: Buffalo Grove, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress). Psychology (concentration: Neuroscience), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-present

Contact: burz2@illinois.edu

Undergraduate Interns

There are currently no undergraduate interns.

Former Graduate Research Assistants

  • Tamaar Massen, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Ewa Nawacki, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Amy Strohman, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Lidia Zacharczuk, Speech and Hearing Science

Former Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Margaret Boland, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Maya Delejewski, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Natalie Gannon, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Lolita Golemi, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Michelle Gutierrez, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Jennifer Marmmit, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Lukasz Pazdan, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Novejot Sandhu, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Justin Segura, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Stephanie Smolen, Speech and Hearing Science

Lab Collaborators

  • Sandra B. Chapman, Ph.D.
    University of Texas at Dallas
  • Hsueh-Sheng Chiang, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Texas at Dallas
  • John Hart Jr., M.D.
    University of Texas at Dallas
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • Fatima Husain, Ph.D.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Michael A. Kraut, M.D., Ph.D.
    Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Daniel Llano, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Mandy J. Maguire, Ph.D.
    University of Texas at Dallas
  • Clarion Mendes, MA, CCC-SLP/L
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Michael Motes, Ph.D.
    University of Texas at Dallas
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • Sean Mullen, Ph.D.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jeffrey Spence, Ph.D.
    University of Texas at Dallas
  • Kyle Womack, M.D.
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center