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).

Graduate Students

Rohit M. Ananthanarayana

Rohit is a first-year PhD student in the Speech and Hearing Science department. His background is in electrical engineering with a concentration in digital signal processing and machine learning for audio signals. He 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 research interests include studying and building computational models of human auditory perception of complex ecological sounds.

Vahid Delaram

Vahid is a first-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.

Melanie Flores

Melanie is a graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science from UIUC. Melanie is primarily involved in the PAEx project which aims to understand the effects of preterm birth on auditory development. Upon graduation, she hopes to work with patients from pediatrics to geriatrics populations and utilize the information she has gained from the lab to aid in her patient care. In her free time, Melanie likes to watch movies/TV shows and cook.

Brendan Moriarty

Brendan is in his third year of the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Xavier University. His professional interests include amplification and diagnostic testing. His research interests include the communicative value of extended high-frequency hearing.

Jana Khudr

Jana is in her first 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 junior 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. In the future, Lauren hopes to become a physician assistant in obstetrics and gynecology.

Milton Guendica

Milton is a senior pursuing a dual-degree in Speech & Hearing Science with a concentration in Neuroscience and Spanish. He is interested in exploring the social mechanisms that promote bilingualism in Latinx children. In particular, Milton is interested in the intersection of shared-reading and cognition. In the future, he plans to pursue a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders to promote early literacy programs in Latinx communities.

Alison Metchuentseu

Alison is currently a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying Speech and Hearing Science with a concentration in Audiology and a double minor in French and Linguistics. Her academic interests include studying how humans hear and interpret sounds. In the future, she hopes to become an audiology technician and help people find the right hearing devices for their lifestyles.

Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • 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