Lab Members

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Nazbanou Bonnie Nozari, PI

M.D., Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"I'm an associate professor at the Neurology Department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the Department of Cognitive Science. I study language, both because I find it fascinating as a cognitive faculty, and because I believe much can be learned about more domain-general cognitive processes, such as temporal sequencing, through the study of language. Probably the most appealing aspect of an academic job for me is talking to junior researchers; their curiosity inspires me, their momentum drives me, and their achievements thrill me. While a cognitive scientist by profession, I have a deep love for philosophy, sociology, literature, music, cinematography and other forms of visual arts, and it's a good conversation on these topics that I often seek when I'm not working."

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Svetlana Pinet, Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD Cognitive Psychology, Aix-Marseille University, France

"I am interested in the cognitive processes that allow us to speak or write. More specifically, my work focuses on language production in relation to other cognitive functions. During my PhD, I used a combination of behavioral and EEG experiments to characterize the interface between language and motor systems. In particular, I studied motor preparation during word typing in relation with linguistic processing. My next projects will target executive functions, such as error monitoring, and their role during language production.

Outside the lab, I find that there is nothing better than a good book in a nice coffee shop."

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Jessa Sahl, Lab Manager

B.A., Music and pre-medical studies, University of Connecticut

As an undergraduate, my involvement in Autism Spectrum Disorders research led me to explore cognitive categorization and its relationship to pitch perception. I look forward to continuing cognitive neuroscience research while part of the lab and studying the cognitive mechanisms of language acquisition. I am an avid music and arts lover, and enjoy spending time outdoors."

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Chris Hepner, Research Assistant

B.A. and M.A., Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University.

"I am a research assistant in the Division of Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and I am primarily interested in language production. My previous research focused on the cognitive functions involved in spelling and learning to spell by investigating the causes of developmental dysgraphia. In the Nozari Lab, I intend to study the nature of the limitations on working memory in spoken and written language production."

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Karis D'Alessandro, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Senior, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

"I am pursuing my B.S. in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. My experiences studying foreign languages in high school combined with my passion for learning about the brain instilled in me a strong interest in studying language production. I have worked on multiple projects during my time in the Nozari lab, each of which has exposed me to different ways language production and executive control can be studied."

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Juliana Hoover, Summer intern

Rising senior, Linguistics and Chinese, Neuroscience minor, Duke University

"As an undergraduate at Duke University, my love for languages has led me to pursue a majors Linguistics and Chinese. My minor in in Neuroscience sparked my interest in the effects of lesions on language ability, and the Nozari Lab provides great opportunities to study the impact of aphasia on language production. In this thought-provoking research environment, I hope to gain skills and knowledge that will conceptually and methodologically prepare me to better understand how we communicate, and - consequently - who we are. When not in the lab, you can find me jamming to good music, making and eating delicious food, or enjoying the outdoors."

Lab Alumni

  • Alison Trude, Language Research Scientist at the Echo group, Amazon.
  • Michael Freund, Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program at Washington University at St. Louis.
  • Nicholas McCloskey
  • Alex Serafini, Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Kathleen Kelly, BA in Psychology & Neuroscience, Rice University; Post-BA pre-med Johns Hopkins University.
  • Katie Link, Neuroscience and pre-med, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Kyle Schneck, MS in Psychology, University of Delaware.
  • Raghav Matta, Neuroscience major, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Rebecca Zhang, Cellular Biology and Neuroscience major, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Sweta Joshi, BA in Psychology, McGill University.