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, AuD

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 third-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 study and do research is crowded libraries, where lots of people get lost in their books.

Rohit Ananthanarayana

Rohit is a third 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 third 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

Aishi Tulasaku

Aishi is a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign currently studying Interdisciplinary Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Technology. She is a James Scholar student, and her academic interests focus on studying health disparities and the impact on health in underserved communities, while using health technology to aid these challenges. Her research interests include the audiological analysis being conducted in the Perinatal Auditory Experience study. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school with a focus in Pediatrics.

Marjorie Campbell

Marjorie is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in Psychology. Her academic interests focus on studying the challenges that marginalized communities face and developing psychologically informed interventions that help mitigate these challenges. Her current research interests include language acquisition in pre-term infants and speech-in-noise perception with EHF impairment. She is excited to assist with the research being done in the lab’s Extended High Frequency and Perinatal Auditory Experience studies.

Mary Bresnahan

Mary is a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is currently majoring in Kinesiology and is on the Pre-Health track. Mary is a James Scholars student, and her academic interests include studying anatomy and physiology, pediatric development, and the bioscience of human movement. Her research interests include analyzing newborn baby’s Otoacoustic Emissions data collected in the Prenatal Auditory Experience Lab. After graduation, Mary hopes to attend Physician Assistant school with a focus in pediatrics.

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