Camile Borja (August 2021 to present)
Camile completed her Bachelor of Science at the College of William & Mary (W&M) in Williamsburg, Virginia. She studied Psychological Sciences with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. She was also a research assistant at W&M’s Autism Lab throughout her entire undergraduate career. Camile joined the ELAB as a project coordinator in 2021, where she focuses on the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS). Camile is interested in early identification and intervention in children and young adults with ASD. Outside of her work, Camile likes to dance, play the piano, and travel.
Casey Burrows, PhD (July 2019 to present)
Casey Burrows, PhD, LP, is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and lead clinician on IBIS studies in the ELAB. Casey received her PhD from the University of Miami, where she studied behavioral and neural predictors of co-occuring anxiety and depression in youth with autism spectrum disorders. She then completed her post-doctoral training in the MNLEND program at the University of MN, where she contributed to the CDC’s autism monitoring project, conducted psychological evaluations for ASD, and led treatment groups at the Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic. When Casey is not in the lab, she enjoys rock climbing, biking around Minneapolis, and baking sourdough bread.
Lana Hantzsch (August 2021 to present)
Lana completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she studied Neurobiology, Psychology, and Music Performance. Lana joined the ELAB as a lab manager in 2021, and is primarily working on the AgCC (Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum) project, investigating behaviors and outcome predictors in babies who are born without a corpus callosum. Previously, she has worked as a research assistant to Dr. Christy Wilson-Mendenhall at the Center for Healthy Minds and as the lab manager for the Waisman Center’s Speech Motor Neuroscience Group. Outside of her work, Lana loves to play music, bake, and plan her next camping trip.
Sharlotte Irwin (July 2019 to present)
Sharlotte recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with focuses in Spanish and Public Health. She began as an ELAB researcher in June 2019, and primarily works on the Baby Connectome Project collecting biological samples and conducting behavioral assessments and eye tracking. Sharlotte is especially interested in maternal-child health, and how prenatal environment and breastmilk influence child health and development.
Eli Johnson (August 2018 to present)
Eli has been a member of ELAB since 2017 where he has been developing data pipelines for eye-tracking analysis and managing data in the LORIS database. He completed his Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College, majoring in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Eli has previously worked in Dr. Aston-Jones neuroscience lab at Rutgers University and as an ABA therapist for children with autism.
Chimei Lee, PhD, LP (July 2021 to present)
Chimei Lee, PhD, LP, is a pediatric neuropsychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied motor learning among children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota, where she received specialized training in ASD and neurodevelopmental disorders. Chimei’s research focuses on neurocognitive and behavioral development in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with a specific interest in how genetic and environmental variables affect risk and resilience in these populations. She also involves in translational research for serving individuals with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders and their families with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Outside of her work, Chimei loves to play board games with friends, explore hiking trails in Minnesota, and plan her next camping trip.
Sophie Richardson (July 2021 – present)
Sophie recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Integrative Neuroscience. She joined the ELAB as project coordinator in 2021, where she focuses on the Population Phenoscreening study. Sophie is particularly interested in the development of communicative competence among children at risk for ASD in addition to early detection and intervention. Outside of her work, Sophie likes to knit, cook, and do yoga.
Sooyeon Sung (August 2016 to present)
Sooyeon’s work in the ELAB is primarily on the acquisition of MRI images from infants and toddlers. She also does data analysis focusing on the relations between temperament and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.