Lab Members

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Ho Ming Chow, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Chow received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. After working as an engineer for few years, he became interested in studying human cognition and went to Germany for his doctoral study. He obtained his Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences with an emphasis on Cognitive Psychology at the University of Osnabrück. He completed his postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health. Before joining the University of Delaware in 2019, he was a research faculty at the University of Michigan and Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware.

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Sayan Nanda

PhD Student

Sayan received his Master of Science in Data Informatics from the University of Southern California in 2019 and his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 2017. Sayan is currently a Ph.D. student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. Sayan is primarily interested in stuttering research and the application of machine learning techniques in the same. His focus is on neuroimaging and whole-exome sequencing data.

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Vishruta Prashant Yawatkar

PhD Student

Vishruta earned an integrated BS-MS degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune in 2018. While at IISER, she studied the acoustic introductory gestures in songbirds. As a part of her master’s thesis, she worked at the National University of Singapore, where she analyzed underwater bioacoustics data to study the learning of an echolocation task in dolphins. Vishruta graduated with an MS in data science from the University of Delaware in 2021. As a part of her master’s thesis for this degree, she worked on using machine learning methods to evaluate remotely sensed imagery. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Bioinformatics Data Science Program and is co-advised by Dr. Usler and Dr. Chow. She is interested in using data science techniques and image and signal processing methods to analyze various data, including fMRI and EEG data, to study fluency disorders. 

Key Collaborators

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Evan Usler, PhD

Assistant Professor, University Delaware

Dr. Usler is an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware and the director of the Interpersonal Neurophysiology Lab. He received his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Purdue University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University and MGH Institute of Health Professions.

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Soo-Eun Chang, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Dr. Chang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the Rosa Casco Solano-Lopez Research Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and the director of the Speech Neurophysiology Lab at the University of Michigan. Dr. Chang received her clinical training as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Vanderbilt University, received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and trained as a postdoctoral research fellow at the NINDS Intramural Research Program at the NIH.