Christa Dodson

Christa is a graduate of the University of Washington from the Speech and Hearing department with a minor in History. She is working on her Doctorate of Audiology program. When not hard at work, Christa enjoys camping, baking, and drinking coffee.


Katherine Ingle

Katherine is originally an aerospace engineer, working on systems engineering for a private space company and serving as a flight test engineer in the US Air Force. She's now the lab coordinator and is looking forward to learning more about the mysteries of the brain.

Email: inglek [at] uw [dot] edu


Sara Chai

Sara hails from New York City and received her bachelor's in Audio Engineering. After working as an Audio Engineer/Sound Designer in television post-production, Sara is excited to make the switch into the field of Audiology. Currently in the third year of the Doctor of Audiology program, Sara will be responsible for recruiting test subjects for the research experiments.

Email: chais820 [at] uw [dot] edu


Willy Cheung

Willy joined the lab in July 2011, after completing his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering with departmental honors. His undergraduate research focused on incorporating a hierarchical learning approach in brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), and exploring the use of high-gamma brain waves for BCIs. He is currently working on developing an auditory-based BCI. Recently, Willy and Dean had a lab reunion in Europe, where Willy is now a graduate student.


Michelle Drews

Michelle Drews is a senior at the University of Washington double majoring in Neurobiology and Biochemistry with departmental honors as well as a minor Bioethics and Humanities, and is also a member of the University of Washington Undergraduate Computational Neuroscience Training Program. After graduation she hopes to pursue an MD/PhD and is interested in the use of neuroimaging to diagnose and study neurological conditions. This summer she is studying auditory attention in autistic individuals in collaboration with Dr. Natalia Kleinhans. In her free time Michelle plays for UW’s Club Volleyball Team and is an amateur cartoonist (depicted here with her trusty stuffed neuron Ned).


Mihwa Kim

Mihwa is a third year student in the clinical Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at the University of Washington. She has been a part of the lab since September 2011 and is currently working on her capstone project. The project investigates the cost of switching or maintaining auditory attention in simulated cochlear implant users using both behavioral and physiologic measures. She received the Top Scholar Award from the Department of Speech and Hearing.

Email: mihwa [at] uw [dot] edu


Ka Young Lee

Ka Young was a SPHSC senior project student in the lab. She is now at the University of British Columbia as a student in their Medical Genetics Graduate Program.


Derek Nhan

Derek Nhan is a senior majoring in Neurobiology and Biochemistry and is researching this summer as a student fellow in the UW Undergraduate Computational Neuroscience Training Program. He will be conducting experiments using the Vocoder program to simulate cochlear implants in patients to better understand their auditory attention. Outside of lab, Derek enjoys playing intramural Ultimate and basketball.


Elliot Saba

Elliot began his college career believing he would study the artistic expressiveness of sound through composition, but the power and analytic beauty of signal processing led him to pursue and receive a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2012. He is currently continuing his study of Digital Signal Processing under the direction of Profs. Adrian KC Lee and Les Atlas, investigating the application of modern communication theory to neuroscience. His work is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computational Neuroscience Training Program as well as the Dean's Fellowship from the UW College of Engineering.

Email: sabae [at] uw [dot] edu


Garrett Thomas

Garrett is a 2008 graduate from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Since then, he has been working for the Department of the Navy as an electronics/internal communications engineer. His research interests fall within the fields of computational neuroscience and brain-computer interfacing. He hopes to apply for a graduate degree in neuroscience in the fall of 2014.

Email: TBD


Jessie Zhang

Jessie Zhang is an incoming freshman at the University of Washington and joined the lab in June 2012 as a member of the NSF-YSP sponsored undergraduate CSNE fellowship. She has profound bilateral hearing loss, and is motivated by her experiences to work on an experiment investigating some of the difficulties encountered by those with advanced hearing loss or Cochlear Implants.