I am a first year doctoral student in the Vanderbilt Brain Institute Neuroscience Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University, working with Dr. Reyna Gordon and Dr. Stephen Wilson at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Broadly, I am interested in music cognition research in clinical populations, including individuals with aphasia, specific language impairment (SLI), and autism.
Previously, I was a research assistant in Dr. David Poeppel's lab at NYU, where I was engaged in projects on music perception, music aesthetics, auditory working memory, and neural synchrony among musicians using fMRI, MEG, portable EEG, and behavioral measures. I also mentored high schools students in the NYC Public Schools as part of an experimental neuroscience curriculum, 'Brainwaves', where students design and conduct EEG experiments in the classroom.
I graduated from Boston University in May 2016 with a major in neuroscience, with honors, and a minor in piano performance. At BU, I conducted research on song completion capabilities in patients with aphasia at the BU Aphasia Research Lab with Dr. Swathi Kiran.
I am also a classical pianist, and have been playing since the age of six. I currently study with Yi-heng Yang in NYC and Esther Ning-Yau in Boston. I actively perform in chamber music ensembles and festivals throughout the year, and have performed in many community outreach concerts. Outside of research and piano, I enjoy hiking, exploring National Historic Sites, and winning Scrabble games.