Dr. Blake Butler [he/him] is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and the brain and mind institute at the University of Western Ontario. His research focusses on the role of experience & plasticity in the development of sensory systems, with a focus on hearing loss and restoration. His program combines behavioural, neuroimaging, and anatomical approaches across models.
Dr. Alex Levine [; she/her] is a visiting postdoctoral fellow in the NiSSL group. She completed her PhD and MSc at The University of York (UK), where she investigated brain plasticity in visual and auditory cortex resulting from congenital deafness. Apart from research, she is the acting VP EDI of the Postdoctoral Association of Western, and active member of the BrainsCAN EDI committee, working towards a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research culture at Western. Her other interests include fitness and brain health.
Dr. Dan Miller [; he/him] is a BrainsCAN Tier 1 Postdoctoral Fellow in the NiSSL group, who joined us after completing his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and a postdoc at Yale University. Dan is developing an integrative approach to mapping brain function across scales of organization. His current project investigates the use of myelin as a quantitative biomarker, incorporating anatomical tracers and functional neuroimaging using a high-throughput supervised machine learning pipeline that he has been developing over the past decade. Outside the lab, Dan loves photography and hiking with his two dogs.
Katelyn Kittel [; she/her] is the RVT in the NiSSL group. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and has been working in small animal practice since. She has always had a special interest in education and feline medicine. She currently lives with two friendly black cats of her own. In her spare time she likes to be surrounded by friends/family and pets. She enjoys being outdoors and is always looking for an adventure.
Jessica Lammert [; she/her] is a MSc student in the NiSSL group. She completed her BA at Western University, where she investigated the white matter correlates of childhood reading disability. Her current research interests include investigating cross-modal neuroplasticity as a function of sensory and linguistic experience. Outside of the lab, Jessica enjoys drawing, painting, cooking, and camping.
Kate Raymond [; she/her] is a Neuroscience MSc student in the NiSSL lab. Prior to this, she completed her BSc at McMaster and worked at the SickKids Research Institute. Here, she is investigating how auditory stimuli and emotions interact in the brain using MRI techniques to study people with misophonia, a newly discovered neuropsychological phenomenon where specific sounds (e.g. people chewing) elicit aversive physiological and emotional responses. Outside of research, Kate enjoys immersing herself in the great outdoors and after many years of leading hiking and canoeing trips, she has become a budding environmental activist!
Cailey Salagovic [; she/her] is a Master’s student in the NiSSL group. She received a B.A. in Music at University of Denver and a B.Sc. with honors in Psychology at University of Colorado Denver where she investigated the effect of auditory stimuli on visual attention in the Laboratory for Integrative Vision. Her current research uses EEG to learn about audiovisual speech perception across the hearing ability spectrum in collaboration with the Stevenson Sensory Lab. When she is not in the lab, Cailey enjoys baking needlessly complicated recipes and other “indoorsy” activities.
Sarah Bobbitt [; she/her] is a Neuroscience MSc student in the NiSSL group. She completed a BSc in Psychology and Biology at Acadia University, where she investigated sensorimotor learning and language representations in bilingual individuals. Her current research explores the use of dual-task paradigms to measure narrative engagement in children with hearing loss. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys embroidery, baking, and participating in community bands and choirs.
Austin Robertson [firstname.lastname@example.org he/him] is a Neuroscience MSc student in his first year with the NiSSL lab. He completed his BSc in Biomedical Science with a minor in Neuroscience at the University of Guelph. Currently, his research under involves establishing the precision of myelin as a structural marker of core auditory cortex in order to better qualify its functional reorganization following deafening. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing video games, and watching/coaching basketball (GO RAPTORS!).
Rachel Shulman [she/her] is an Honours Thesis Student in Psychology, working towards her Honours BSc. She is working with Cailey to investigate The McGurk effect in Cochlear Implant patients as compared to those with normal hearing. Outside of research, Rachel enjoys waterskiing and serves as the head of a waterski program at a camp in Haliburton, ON.
Jenna Segall [she/her] is an Honours Thesis Student in Psychology, working towards completing her Bachelor’s of Science degree. This year she will be working alongside Kate, investigating individuals with misophonia, in hopes of obtaining behavioural data that can provide insight into its neurological basis. In her free time she enjoys doing physical activity, and trying new recipes!
Rebekah Gilliland [she/her] is an Honours Thesis Student in Neuroscience, working towards her Honours BSc. She is working with Alex, investigating the success of various neuroimaging techniques for analyzing a small brain region called the locus coeruleus. Outside the lab, Rebekah enjoys playing instruments, staying active, and starting all kinds of fun DIY projects.
Facundo Lodol [he/him] is in his third year of his Honours BSc in Psychology at Western. He is currently collecting neuroimaging data under the supervision of Dr. Butler and Dr. Miller and aspires to complete his undergraduate thesis with the NISSL lab in preparation for graduate school. His other interests include making music and playing sports such as soccer and basketball.