People

Principal Investigator
Tobias Overath (CV)


Graduate students
Jiayue Liu
Jiayue is generally interested in how the acoustic signal that reaches the eardrum is processed in the auditory system. More specifically, she is devoted to understanding how hearing loss and hearing aids (including cochlear implants) affect human auditory perception. Her current work focuses on quantifying the perceptual cost of auditory nerve fiber loss.
Evan Hare
Evan is interested in how auditory information and speech are processed in the brain. Specific topics of interest include: (1) auditory scene analysis, (2) representations of acoustic vs speech perception, (3) the mechanisms of auditory attention and phenomena such as the “cocktail party effect.”
Justine Shih (CNAP rotation student)
Justine is broadly interested in the intersection between neuroscience and music, including the biological and emotional underpinnings of how music and sound affect the brain. Her research interests focus on auditory and speech processing and multisensory integration. Prior to Duke, Justine obtained dual Bachelor's degrees in Neuroscience and Music from the University of Chicago.

Undergraduate Research Assistants
Ying Yu
Ying is majoring in Program II, combining her interests in music, neuroscience, and global health into her studies. She is currently working on a project investigating Auditory Processing Disorder and is also interested in how music can be used to improve patient outcomes, mental health care, and memory care, especially in low-resource settings. Ying is on the Triathlon team and loves backpacking and the outdoors.
Medy Mu
Medy is majoring in neuroscience and statistics. Medy was born in Beijing, China, but did her secondary education in Austin, Texas. Medy discovered her interests in neuroscience when she started to learn brain anatomy in high school and was very surprised by the delicacy and complexity of human brains. Medy also likes to spend her free time playing drums and making origami.
Allen Zhang
Allen is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He is interested in the connection between music and perception. In his free time, Allen enjoys playing and performing violin and fishing.
Kees Heetderks
Kees is majoring in neuroscience with a minor in chemistry. So far he has focused on molecular neurobiology in a class setting, but is interested in sound and language processing in the brain. In addition, he hopes to learn more about neurological diseases, specifically Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease in a lab setting. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and hike.
Divya Nataraj
Divya is majoring in computer science. She is interested in exploring the applications of computer science and data analytics to the field of neuroscience. In her free time, Divya enjoys singing and also loves to travel.
Annie Vila
Annie is planning on majoring in biology with a concentration in neurobiology. She is double minoring in psychology and chemistry. She is interested in the sound processing systems in the brain. She hopes to study neurological disorders in the future, specifically epilepsy. Annie likes to spend her free time playing tennis and listening to music.

Lab alumni
SG (Seung-Goo) Kim
Postdoc; next stop: postdoc at the MPI for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany
Akshay Maggu
Postdoc; next stop: faculty in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University.
Jasmine Leahy
Undergraduate Research Assistant; next stop: Medical School at Mount Sinai
Jie Wan
Lab manager; next stop: graduate student at UC Irvine with Greg Hickok
David Murphy
Graduate student (with Jenni Groh)
Taylor Fistel
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Saqib Shahid
Rotating Masters student
Charlie Todd
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Maddie Hsiang
Undergraduate Research Assistant; next stop: IRTA Postbaccalaureate fellow at NIH
Preethi Kannan
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Valeria Caruso
Postdoc; next stop: Research Investigator at the University of Michigan
Jackson Lee
Research Assistant / Lab Manager; next stop: MS in Computer Science at Georgia Tech
Anthony Sali
Postdoc; next stop: Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University
Yoshie Mizuguchi
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Paul Dickinson
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Aurelio Falconi
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Matt Fecteau
Lab manager; next stop: Duke Track team
Paige Mihalsky
Lab manager / Research assistant; next stop: Medical School at the University of Oklahoma
Joon Paik
Undergraduate and Graduate Research Assistant; next stop: preparing for Med/Grad School
Jade Wu
North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics Mentorship Program; next stop: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill