Meet the Lab
|Members of the lab in Spring 2019 on the Moody Bridge. From left to right: Dr. Liberty Hamilton, Maansi Desai, Natalie Clark, Cassandra Villarreal, Ian Griffith, Jade Holder, Mary Lowery, Garret Kurteff.|
Liberty Hamilton, Ph.D.
Dr. Hamilton completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Department of Neurosurgery. Her research interests include how speech sounds are represented in the auditory cortex and how these representations change during learning, development, and as a result of plasticity. To investigate this, she applies computational methods to intracranial electrophysiological recordings from patients undergoing surgical treatment for epilepsy. This work involves collaborations with clinicians and epileptologists at Austin's Dell Children's Hospital and through the UT Dell Medical School. Dr. Hamilton holds a joint appointment in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Neurology at Dell Medical School.
She is also affiliated with the UT Austin Institute for Neuroscience.
Garret Kurteff is a 1st year PhD student in the CSD program also pursuing a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. His background is in psychology, linguistics, and neurosurgery. In the Hamilton Lab, he hopes to answer questions about the neurobiology of speech production via electrophysiological methods. The phrase “Broca’s Area” causes him to cringe visibly.
Maansi Desai is a 1st year PhD student in the CSD program. Her background is in piano performance and neuroscience. During her time in the Hamilton lab, she is interested in utilizing electrophysiological methods (ECoG/EEG) to understand the overlapping neural substrates of speech and music production.
Ian Griffith is a research assistant in the Hamilton Lab and is working on using deep neural network models to understand pitch and phonetic processing in the brain.
Mary Lowery, MA-SLP
Mary Lowery graduated with her masters in Speech Language Pathology from UT Austin in May 2019. She is continuing to work in the Hamilton lab to extend upon her master's thesis investigating speech and music perception. Her other research interests include audiovisual speech perception and speech-on-speech recognition.
Jade Holder is a 4th year undergraduate student in the CSD program. She is particularly interested in language and cognition in adults, and aims to discover more about the similarities and differences between music and speech processing.
Rachel Sorrells is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Neuroscience program. She is particularly interested in sound and music processing in the brain, and aims to pursue a PhD studying auditory processing pathways.
Nicole Currens is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Linguistics and Computer Science. She is interested in learning more about how language is processed in the brain and hopes to attend a graduate program in linguistics.
Paranjaya Pokharel is a 2nd year Public Health undergrad. She is especially interested in recovery from language loss in stroke survivors, and is planning on attending medical school.
Department of Neurosurgery & Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco
Nancy Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Pediatric Neuropsychology, Dell Children's Medical Center Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Section Chief, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Dell Children's Medical Center. Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin.
MEG Research Director, Dell Children's Medical Center. Associate Research Professor, Department of Psychology, UT Austin
Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dell Children's Medical Center, Co-CEO Pediatric Specialty Services, Co-Director - Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, Adjunct Professor - Department of Molecular Biosciences - UT Austin, Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery/Pediatrics/Neurology - Dell Medical School at UT Austin.
Board-certified pediatric neurologist, Child Neurology Consultants of Austin and Dell Children's Medical Center. Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Dell Medical School, UT Austin.
Rotation student (2018). Current: Eyal Seidemann Lab (UT Austin Center for Perceptual Systems).
Research volunteer (2017-2018).
Rotation student (2019). Current: Alex Huk Lab (UT Austin Department of Neuroscience).
Undergraduate student volunteer (2018-2019). Graduated 2019 - B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, UT Austin.
Undergraduate student volunteer (2018-2019). Graduated with B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, UT Austin -- May 2019. Current: Graduate student in Medical Speech Language Pathology at the University of Washington.