Leyla Isik, Principal Investigator 


Leyla is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University, and holds a secondary appointment in the department of Biomedical Engineering. Before joining JHU, Leyla was a postdoc at MIT and Harvard in the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, where she worked with Nancy Kanwisher and Gabriel Kreiman. She received her PhD from MIT where she was advised by Tomaso Poggio, and was an undergraduate right here at JHU.

Haemy Lee Masson, Postdoc


Haemy obtained a Ph.D. in Brain Imaging Engineering (2016) at Korea University. Before joining JHU, she worked with Hans Op de Beeck at KU Leuven in Belgium. Her research focuses on the neural basis of social (touch) scene processing in healthy adults and how these processes go astray in autism. To address these questions, she employs multimodal neuroimaging techniques and computational modeling. She is also a guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for intelligent systems in Germany. 

Emalie McMahon, PhD Student


website: emaliemcmahon.com

Emalie is a PhD student in the Department of Cognitive Science. Prior to joining the lab, she complete a post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the NIH in the lab of Leslie Ungerleider. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee.

Gemma Nicholson, Master's Student


Gemma is a MA student in the Department of Cognitive Science. Before coming to JHU, she completed her undergraduate studies at Quinnipiac University while working as a research assistant in both the Schizophrenia Neuropharmacology Research Group and the Computation and Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University.

Paul Soulos, PhD Student


Paul is a PhD student in the Department of Cognitive Science. He is interested in neurosymbolic computation, reasoning as program induction, and bringing together Cognitive Science and Neuroscience through computational tools and imaging techniques. Before grad school, Paul was a software engineer at Fitbit and Google working on applications and wearable devices. He received his BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and his MS in Cognitive Science at JHU.