Our Team

Lab Director and Principal Investigator

Brian B. Monson, PhD

Dr. Brian Monson is the director of the Auditory Neuro Experience Lab. His field of research is in auditory neuroscience. He holds degrees in electrical engineering, acoustics, and speech/language/hearing science, with further specialization in neuroscience and music. With this background, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to auditory research, interfacing with clinicians, scientists, engineers, and musicians. His research interests center around auditory neurodevelopment and speech/voice perception (see CV here).

Lab Coordinator

Allison Trine

Dr. Allison Trine is a research audiologist and the Lab Coordinator for the Auditory Neuro Experience Lab. She holds degrees in communication sciences and disorders, Spanish, and recently completed her Doctor of Audiology degree. Her research interests include extended high frequency hearing, the role of ecological listening environments in speech perception, auditory development across the lifespan, and translational research that bridges the laboratory to the clinic.

Graduate Students

Vahid Delaram

Vahid is a second-year PhD student in the Speech and Hearing Science department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and has worked as a clinical audiologist for two years in the Middle East and Europe. He is interested in researching high-frequency hearing, speech perception, audiology neuroscience, and hearing aids. His favorite place to do study and research is crowded libraries, where lots of people get lost in their books.

Rohit Anathanarayana

Rohit is a second year PhD student in Speech and Hearing Science. He has a background in audio signal processing and obtained his master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in India, developing algorithms in machine listening to solve music information retrieval tasks. His current research interests include speech perception and building computational models of human auditory perception.

Jana Khudr

Jana is in her second year of the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Audiology Sciences with a minor in Public Health from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Her professional interests include amplification and pediatric audiology. Her research interests include auditory neurodevelopment and optimizing care for vulnerable populations.

Undergraduate Students

Lauren Vicencio

Lauren is a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign majoring in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Her academic interests focus on studying the impact of behavioral changes on health for individuals and populations. Her research interests center around the audiological research and analysis being conducted within the Perinatal Auditory Experience study. After graduation, Lauren aspires to become a physician assistant in obstetrics and gynecology.

Aishi Tulasaku

Aishi is a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign currently studying Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Her academic interests focus on studying health disparities and the impact on health in underserved communities. She is still developing her research interests but currently is passionate about the work being done in the Perinatal Auditory Experience study. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to become an obstetrician and gynecologist.

Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Brendan Moriarty, AuD 2023
  • Melanie Flores, AuD 2023
  • Allison Trine, AuD 2022
  • Taylor Arenz, AuD 2022
  • Hannah Smith, AuD 2022
  • Jenna Rock, MS 2021
  • Jacob Caravello, AuD 2020
  • David Frazier 2020
  • Molly Cull, MS 2019