I-LABS Faculty & Staff

Meet the scientists, students and staff at I-LABS

Meet the scientists, students and staff at I-LABS

Drs. Kuhl and Meltzoff currently work with a team of renowned scientists, Postdoctoral Fellows and graduate students from around the world. The interdisciplinary team draws from numerous fields of study at the University of Washington including the Department of Psychology, the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Faculty from many University of Washington departments, and from institutions around the world, collaborate on specific research projects in conjunction with Institute scientists.

Institute Faculty

The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences houses an interdisciplinary group of faculty from several University of Washington departments, schools and colleges.  Faculty collaborations across departments give rise to exciting research synergies. In addition, I-LABS’ faculty affiliates collaborate on specific research projects in conjunction with Institute scientists. Read More »


Postdoctoral Fellows and 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. Read More »


Research and Institute Staff

Staff members play key roles in conducting all aspects of I-LABS’ research and in providing support for the infrastructure of the Institute. Read More »


Alumni Scientists

We are proud that these people have all spent time at I-LABS and have now moved to take important positions in the field elsewhere. Read More »

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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

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

Graduate Students

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

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

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

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

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

Kayla Chea

Kayla Chea is a rising senior at the University of Washington pursuing a B.S. in Informatics. She is excited to join I-LABS this summer and learn more about bilingualism in children. She is interested in the intersection... 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

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

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

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