Dr. Venker’s research program focuses on language development in children with autism spectrum disorder, with an emphasis on how these children integrate auditory and visual information to learn the meanings of words.
Seminar – Robert Krencik, PhD – “Neuromodulation of Bioengineered Organoids with Reactive Human Astrocytes”
Dr. Krencik’s specific research goals are to uncover the mechanisms by which human astrocytes modulate neuronal activity during healthy and diseased states.
Seminar – Timothy LaVaute, PhD – Topic: NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing Program
Dr. LaVaute oversees the NINDS P30 Neuroscience Cores Grant Program, is the NINDS point of contact for the NIH’s Regenerative Medicine Innovation Project, and the NIH Common Fund’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing Program.
Seminar – Lizbeth Finestack, PhD – Topic: Understanding How Cognition and Language Experience Support Word Learning Across Development
Dr. Finestack’s research focuses on identifying effective and efficient language interventions for children with significant language impairments.
Seminar – Viridiana Benitez, PhD – Topic: Understanding How Cognition and Language Experience Support Word Learning Across Development
Dr. Benitez’s research is in the area of cognitive development, with a focus on understanding how cognition and language experience support word learning across development.
Seminar – Matthew Winn, AuD, PhD – Topic: Listening Effort in Cochlear Implant Users
Dr. Winn’s work focuses on the ways in which hearing impairment affects speech communication, especially the ways that are not captured by conventional clinical testing.
Seminar – Patrick Lao, PhD – Topic: A Multiple Biomarker Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease for Underrepresented and Underserved Groups
Dr. Lao’s research focuses on a multiple biomarker approach to Alzheimer’s disease (i.e., amyloid-β, hyperphosphorylated tau, cerebrovascular disease, and neurodegeneration), informed by contextual factors (i.e., genetic, biological, social, environmental) for underrepresented and underserved groups, will provide the most reliable understanding of the complex disease course.
Seminar – Somer Bishop, PhD – “Enhancing Precision of Behavioral Measurement for Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders”
Dr. Bishop’s research and clinical interests are focused on ASD symptom manifestations in individuals of different ages and levels of ability, as well as on differentiating between ASD and other developmental disabilities across the lifespan.
Seminar – Matthew Goupell, PhD – “Optimizing Benefits from Cochlear Implants Using Behavioral and Objective Measurements”
Matt’s current research focuses on binaural hearing, the effects of aging on temporal processing, and cochlear implants by combining human psychoacoustical with objective measurements.
Seminar – Casey Lew-Williams, PhD – “Dynamics of Communication in Infants’ Lives”
Most infants and toddlers have a prodigious ability to learn, in part because they spend a lot of time interacting with caregivers. In the Princeton Baby Lab, we study how the mechanisms of infant cognition and the details of environmental experience combine to shape early learning. In particular, we study the beginnings of language learning and communication.