I-LABS Research & 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.

Research Scientists

Steven Bierer
Steven Bierer, Ph.D.

Steven is a Research Engineer and Scientist, managing day-to-day operations at the I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center. His current research interests include discerning the cortical pathways involved in language development...
 
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Alexis Bosseler, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexis Bosseler is a research scientist at the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences and Assistant Director of the I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center. She is also a research fellow at the Cognitive Brain Research...
 
Rechele Brooks, Ph.D.
Rechele Brooks, Ph.D.

Dr. Brooks is a research scientist at the Institute. She received her BA from Pomona College and her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her main line of research centers on the development of social cognition in infancy....
 
Maggie Clarke
Maggie Clarke

Maggie is a Research Scientist working with Dr. Patricia Kuhl. Her current research focuses on magnetoencephalography (MEG) method development and validation as well as studying the cortical networks...
 
Neva Corrigan
Neva Corrigan, Ph.D.

Neva Corrigan is a research scientist in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s laboratory. Neva earned a BS from Cornell University, and a MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California at Davis, with a focus...
 
Dario Cvencek, Ph.D.
Dario Cvencek, Ph.D.

Dr. Cvencek is a Research Scientist at the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences. Before coming to the Institute, he earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of Washington, working with Tony Greenwald....
 
Libby Huber
Libby Huber, Ph.D.

Dr. Libby Huber joins the lab after finishing her PhD in Psychology here at the University of Washington. Her dissertation work in the Vision and Cognition Lab focused on how visual experience shapes cortical development....
 
Daniel S. Hippe, MS
Daniel S. Hippe, MS

Dan Hippe is a statistician in the UW Department of Radiology with numerous collaborations within Radiology—including with the Vascular Imaging Lab, the Quantitative Breasting Imaging Lab—and with research...
 
Eric Larson, Ph.D.
Eric Larson, Ph.D.

Dr. Larson is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Adrian KC Lee on studies of auditory attention. Before coming to the Institute, he earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Boston University with Dr. Kamal Sen. Dr....
 
Allison Master, Ph.D.
Allison Master, Ph.D.

Dr. Master is a research scientist working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff and Dr. Sapna Cheryan. Before coming to the Institute, she earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at Stanford University, working with Dr. Carol...
 
Dan McCloy, Ph.D.
Dan McCloy, Ph.D.

Dan is a research scientist trained in acoustic phonetics, speech perception, psychophysics, and auditory neuroscience. He is a contributor to various open-source scientific software tools, including the Python packages...
 
Maria Mittag, Ph.D.
Maria Mittag, Ph.D.

Maria is working in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s lab. Maria obtained her Master’s degree in Psychology from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. She received her PhD from the Cognitive Brain Research Unit...
 
Erica Peterson
Erica Peterson

Erica works in the I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center running experiments with and for researchers. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University in 2006 with a major in English, Erica developed a passion for understanding...
 
Rey Ramirez, Ph.D.
Rey Ramirez, Ph.D.

Rey Ramírez is a Research Scientist in the I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University with minors in Psychology and Philosophy, and received...
 
Kambiz Tavabi, Ph.D.
Kambiz Tavabi, Ph.D.

Dr. Tavabi is a research scientist working with Dr. Patricia Kuhl on studies of speech and language neuroscience in infants. He earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignal...
 
Yael Weiss-Zruya, Ph.D.
Yael Weiss-Zruya, Ph.D.

Dr. Yael Weiss-Zruya is a research scientist in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s laboratory. She earned her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Haifa, Israel, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the....
 

Research Staff

Justin Abernethy
Justin Abernethy

Justin obtained a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and has over seven years of subsequent research experience. Before joining the CCDL, Justin worked as the Research Coordinator of the Center for...
 
Akali Barnes
Akali Barnes

Akali graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Medical Anthropology & Global Health with a focus on mental health. Before I-LABS, she worked as an Assistant Teacher in Early childhood and Special...
 
Liesbeth Gijbels
Liesbeth Gijbels

Liesbeth graduated from the KULeuven University in Belgium in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She started working as an SLP in a private practice and continued her education with a...
 
Dawn Hathaway
Dawn Hathaway

Ms. Hathaway received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Seattle University and previously worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She handles recruitment and scheduling of research subjects and...
 
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Craig Maddox

Craig received his BA in secondary education and mathematics from Western Michigan University in 2010 and has been working at I-LABS since 2011. As Lab Manager of Dr. Dario Cvencek's CHILLAB, Craig is responsible...
 
Grace Mak
Grace Mak
 
Grace Mak is a jack of all trades and assists on many aspects of running the lab. She scores infant and child behavior from video-recordings, and also helps to recruit participants into the experiments, checks spreadsheets...
 
Makeda Mayes
Makeda Mayes

Makeda Mayes is a research assistant in Dr. Cvencek’s lab at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. She received her BA in Psychology from University of San Francisco. Before joining I-LABS in late 2019,...
 
Jake McManus
Jake Xavier McManus

Jake Graduated with a BA in Linguistics from the University of Washington in 2020. Jake spent a year working with I-LABS on their 2018-2019 Second Language Acquisition Project in Madrid. He then spent his...
 
Julia Mizrahi
Julia Mizrahi
 
Julia Mizrahi supports studies of speech processing in infants and young children using a variety of methods including brain imaging technology. She recruits and schedules families for various research studies, as well as...
 
Michele Nucci
Michele Nucci
 
Michele graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a MPH from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, Dept. of Health Services Maternal Child Program. Her research areas focused on...
 
Lizzy Stier
Lizzy Stier

Lizzy Stier is a research assistant in Dr. Allison Master’s Identity and Academic Motivation Lab. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology & Society, she earned her Masters in...
 
Bo Woo
Bo Woo

Bo graduated from the University of Washington in June 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. After graduation, she spent a year abroad as an English teacher in Spain and Hong Kong working with...
 

Institute Staff

Hank Clark
Hank Clark

Hank Clark joined the team in 2019 as IT Manager. He provides technical expertise in all aspects of computing technology at I-LABS and oversees core IT services for our faculty, staff, and students. Hank is an Information...
 
Jane Huang
Jane Huang

Jane Huang is the Administrator at I-LABS. In this role, she oversees finances at the Institute including monthly reports and financial projections, forecasts fiscal needs, and provides grant & contract analysis. Jane...
 
Hailley Loop
Hailley Loop

Hailley is the Program Assistant at I-LABS. She spends her day assisting the day to day operations such as managing the undergraduate interns, event planning, managing the building, and working closely with the research...
 
Erica Riki Stevens
Erica (Riki) Stevens

In her capacity as Assistant Director of the Institute, Ms. Stevens runs the day-to-day operations, works closely with the Co-Directors, facilitates the work of Institute scientists, manages the staff, and acts as liaison...