Lab Members

Tyler Perrachione, PhD google-scholar-16px | CV | Website
Prof. Perrachione is the director and principal investigator of the Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory. He is Director of the Hearing Research Center and a member of the Center for Systems Neuroscience, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience, and Department of Linguistics at Boston University. He is also a Faculty Affiliate in the Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology at Harvard and a Research Affiliate at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
Sung-Joo Lim, PhDgoogle-scholar-16px | CV | Website
Dr. Lim received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and B.S. in Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining Boston University in 2017, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Auditory Cognition group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive Brain Sciences and the University of Lübeck, Germany. Her research focuses on understanding the neural basis of auditory attention and working memory process using fMRI and EEG.
Sarah Villard, PhD,
Dr. Villard received her PhD in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences from Boston University. Her primary appointment is in the Psychoacoustics Lab at BU, and she is a certified speech-language pathologist. Her research examines relationships between attention, effort, language processing, and hearing status in individuals with aphasia, using behavioral as well as physiological approaches.
Gabrielle-Ann Torre, PhDgoogle-scholar-16px | CV | Website
Dr. Torre received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University, following a B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Arizona. She is interested in the relationship between neuroanatomy and literacy outcomes in children and adults.
Ja Young Choigoogle-scholar-16px | Website
Ja Young graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Cognitive Sciences, Linguistics and Psychology. She first joined the CNRLab as a Research Analyst before starting doctoral training. She studies the brain bases of speech perception. In her free time, Ja Young likes watching new movies, reading, traveling and cooking.
Alexandra Kapadia, MSgoogle-scholar-16px | Website
Alex received her MS-SLP in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University and her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Physics from the University of Chicago. Her research interests focus on the brain bases of speech production and perception in typical and atypical populations. She is particularly interested in phonological representations at the acoustic, linguistic, and cognitive levels. Outside of the lab, Alex enjoys swimming, reading, photography, and going on adventures.
fmri-brain Jayden Leegoogle-scholar-16px
Jayden received her A.B. from Harvard University in Social Sciences with a minor in French. She received a certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida, and is interested in the interactions between voice and language processing.
Makaila Banks

Makaila is completing a laboratory rotation as a first-year student in the Graduate Program for Neuroscience. She previously received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. Her research interests are in the neural circuits and activity of brain areas underlying the development and treatment of psychiatric and communication disorders. Previously she’s used optogenetic, electrophysiological, and immunohistochemical techniques to study the reward system and she hopes to learn how to use human neuroimaging as a research tool. 
Justin Fleminggoogle-scholar-16px
Justin is a graduate of the University of Rochester, where he earned a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Science and a B.A. in Linguistics. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Harvard University Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT), working jointly with Dr. Perrachione and Dr. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham. His research focuses on the spatial, temporal, and attentional factors that underlie audio-visual integration, as measured with EEG, pupillometry, and behavior.
Ayesha Alam
Ayesha graduated from CUNY: Lehman College with her B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. She is a graduate student in the Boston University Speech Pathology M.S. Program. Her research interests include listening effort in people with aphasia. She loves spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, board games, and exploring the city of Boston!
Stella Lue Shen
Stella is a recent graduate of the MS program, who completed a thesis in the CNRLab. She is starting her PhD in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science with Prof. Helen Tager-Flusberg in the fall.
Homoon Brian Jung
Brian is a junior at BU College of Engineering studying Biomedical Engineering. He is interested in bioinformatics and applying engineering principles in understanding human cognition, specifically reading and language. In his free time, he likes to cook, exercise and hang out with friends.
Yennie Lee

Yennie is a sophomore at Boston University studying Neuroscience and Philosophy with a minor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her research interests include neural development throughout early childhood and neural plasticity in relation to language acquisition. She is particularly interested in the cognitive processing of individuals who are raised in multilingual environments. In her free time, Yennie enjoys dancing, making music, cooking, and exploring new places with loved ones.
Grace Mecha
Grace is a sophomore at BU majoring in Behavior and Health. She is interested in the neural plasticity and cognitive processing. Grace is passionate about the topic of intersectional health and wants to make a career out of being an advocate for underserved communities. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, exploring the city, and catching up with friends.
Michelle Njoroge
Michelle is interested in the neural basis of speech perception, speech production, and phonetic processing in second language learners. In the future she hopes to enroll in a MS/PhD program in Speech-Language Pathology. She loves cooking, going to concerts, and of course, exploring the city of Boston with friends.
Kendrick Tak
Kendrick is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying neuroscience and Spanish. He is most fascinated by the learning, memory and sleep. In his free time, Kendrick likes to play guitar, watch baseball and soccer, and try new food.