PhD Students

Trevor Day

Summary of Current Research

I am graduate student in Development Psychology in the Institute of Child Development. My interests are in typical and atypical language acquisition, especially syntax and morphology, and neuroimaging. Prior to joining the ELAB, I worked as a research scientist at the Integrated Brain Imaging Center at the University of Washington with Tara Madhyastha, studying Parkinson’s disease and implementing resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging pipelines. I received my BA in linguistics from the University of Washington in 2017, and did my bachelor’s honors thesis with Lee Osterhout.

Ekom Eyoh

Summary of Current Research

I am a first year Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science program at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. Broadly, my interests are studying the heterogeneity inherent in psychopathology and social cognition. More specifically, I am interested in studying autism early identification, heterogeneity in developmental disorders and other psychopathological profiles, and social cognition and interactions, including sibling relationships, in typical and atypical populations. Prior to graduate school at ICD, I received a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in 2016 and a M.P.H. from the University of Miami in 2019. Later, I worked as a research coordinator for a year and a half in the Laboratory of Affective Sensory Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center studying sensory differences in autism.

Sanju Koirala

Summary of Current Research

I am a first-year graduate student in the Developmental Science program at the Institute of Child Development (ICD) at UMN. I am interested in characterizing the developmental trajectory of brain networks in relation to behavioral milestones in early years of life and examining how it differs in various neurodevelopmental disorders and delays. Prior to joining the lab, I worked as a Simons fellow in Computational Neuroscience at Marcus Autism Center, Emory University. While at Marcus, I studied the methodological feasibility of using simultaneous eye-tracking/MRI to examine brain activation in participants with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as they engaged with a naturalistic stimulus. I also studied whether the trajectories of social visual engagement over the first two years of life predict later language outcome in infants at low and high-risk for ASD. I received my B.A. in Neuroscience from Hamilton College in 2019. As a first-generation, international, woman of color in science, I am passionate about making science more equitable and accessible to students from underrepresented backgrounds globally. Outside of the lab, you’ll find me writing/reading poetry, doing yoga, and traveling.  

Sam Papadakis

Summary of Current Research

I am part of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU. My research explores the impacts of the prenatal environment on the development of sensory processing disorders. I use resting state functional connectivity MRI and immunohistochemistry to investigate the role that prenatal inflammation may play in altering functional connections between sensory networks in the brain. My project utilizes human and non-human primate models, and I am able to translate findings between species using a novel machine learning approach. Prior to OHSU, I received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Oberlin College in 2015, where I studied multisensory integration using electroencephalography (EEG) in Dr. Leslie Kwakye’s lab. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, photography, and traveling.

Anjanibhargavi Ragothaman

Summary of Current Research

I joined the PhD program in the department of biomedical engineering at OHSU in Fall 2017. Prior to joining the PhD program, I worked as Research Assistant for two years in Imaging and Genetics Center at University of Southern California. I completed her M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University, New Jersey and Bachelors in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Amrita University, India. My doctoral research focuses on understanding the structural and functional brain changes related to balance and gait dysfunctions in people with Parkinson’s disease and to develop computational methods to improve the characterization of functional connectivity. I also have four years of industry experience as Software Engineer.


Mollie Marr

Elina Thomas