Research Staff

Lana Hantzsch

Lab Manager

Lana completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she studied Neurobiology, Psychology, and Music Performance. Lana joined the E-Lab as a lab manager in 2021, and is primarily working on the Early Development in 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 at UW-Madison’s 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 make music, play volleyball, and plan her next hiking trip.

Aaron Glick, MS

Data Manager & Developer

Aaron completed a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics at Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. In 2022, Aaron joined the E-Lab as a data manager and developer and is enthusiastic about the robust, rigorous data practices and analytics applied across all E-Lab research studies. Previously, he worked as an analyst in eLearning, direct-care for children with intellectual and developmental disorders, and as a clinical app developer. Aaron has researched complexity in quantum systems, and the spread of stigma related to voice disorders through agent-based models, and the social factors that impact how children learn from screens. While not at a computer, Aaron can be found cooking, knitting, woodworking, or outside exploring.

Desirae Rambeck, MA

Research Project Specialist

Desirae Rambeck, MA, is a Research Project Specialist in the E-Lab and a part of the Measurement and Human Phenotyping Core (MAP Core) at MIDB. In addition, Desirae is the Fragile X Clinic Coordinator; the Fragile X Clinic at the University of MN participates in collaborative research and clinical efforts on fragile X across the US through the Fragile X Clinical and Research Consortium. Desirae received her Bachelor of Arts at Hamline University where she studied psychology and sociology, before receiving her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Desirae has 14 years of experience working with children and adults in clinic and research settings, where she specialized in autism assessment and evaluation of patients with fragile X associated disorders. When Desirae is not working, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing with her two dogs and going to concerts.

Camile Borja

IBIS Study Coordinator

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.

Samantha Smalley

Population Phenoscreening Study Coordinator

Sam recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Integrative Neuroscience. Sam joined the E-Lab in 2022 as a project coordinator and is focusing on the Population Phenoscreening study. She is particularly interested in social and emotional development, as well as co-regulation in infants and toddlers. Outside of her work, Sam loves to cook, watch nature documentaries, and plan her next road trip.

Sooyeon Sung, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Sooyeon’s work in the E-Lab 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.