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.

Emalie McMahon, PhD Student


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.

Alyssandra Valenzuela, Lab Manager


Alyssandra is the Research Coordinator for both the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab as well as the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience & Machine Learning Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the lab, Alyssandra received her Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Cognitive Science, with a focus on Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Paul Soulos, Master's Student


Paul is an MA 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 beginning his Master's at JHU, 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 at JHU.

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