Alisha is in the final year of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a specialist in Health and Disease, a major in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Music History and Culture. She has always had a passion for neuroscience, with a specific interest in early childhood cognitive and neurological development. In terms of research, Alisha has worked as part of investigative teams to help understand behavioural, cognitive and neural phenotypes of a number of neurodevelopmental disorders. Creative outlets such as language and music have been long-standing hobbies of hers, sparking her interest in characterizing the intersection of such outlets with brain development. After completing her undergraduate degree, Alisha looks forward to pursuing a medical career in paediatric neurology and to continuing her engagement in language and music learning. When she’s not studying or in the lab, you can usually find her signing, cooking or baking!
Nicole holds a B.A honours degree from UofC’s psychology program and is a clinical masters student in the Speech-Language pathology program at UofT. Growing up in a multilingual family, Nicole is particularly interested in developmental psycholinguistics and the effects of multilingualism on cognitive development as well as emergent literacy skills. Her undergraduate honours thesis involves a systematic review that investigates the relationship between children’s home literacy environments (HLE) and their future performance on language and literacy assessments. For over 2 years, Nicole has been a literacy instructor helping children who have difficulties reading and writing, which is why this ongoing project is especially meaningful to her. Outside of the lab, Nicole enjoys running, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, and spending time with her family and friends.