Research Assistants

Alisha Suri

Alisha is in the fourth 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 doing Pilates, signing, cooking or baking!

Gabriel Blanco Gomez

Gabriel completed a B.Sc in Neuroscience and French Linguistics at the University of Toronto in 2020. His research interests are centred around finding the links between language, genetics, brain connectivity and developmental disorders. Currently pursuing a M.Sc in the Neuroscience Department at McGill University, Gabriel combines various research methods including EEG, fMRI and genetic sampling to better characterize language deficits in infants with autism. At the BAM lab, he is a collaborator in a project that uses EEG recorded simultaneously with heart rate to explore auditory attention. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys playing music and petting cute doggos.

Isabella Speranza

Isabella is currently in her first year of the MHSc in Speech-Language Pathology program at University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at Carleton University where she studied Linguistics with a concentration in Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders. In terms of research, Isabella completed her honours thesis where she looked at the effects of language background and experience on audio-visual language processing and multi-sensory integration. Currently she is working on a project looking at the efficacy of parent-report data on bilingual child language abilities. Isabella is also passionate about advocating for appropriate assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse clients with communication disorders. After she completes her MHSc, she hopes to be both a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist as well as continue to be involved in research. Outside of school, Isabella enjoys exercising, cooking and spending time with her dogs!

Liliane Kreuder

Liliane is a third-year undergraduate student completing her specialist in cell and molecular biology with a focus in stem cell and development biology, along with a major in pharmacology at the University of Toronto. Growing up in a multinational family, she was exposed to many languages at an early age and spent her youth growing up in three different countries. Having a strong interest in education and working with kids, Liliane is involved in research aiming to evaluate dynamic assessment tools that identifies at risk-learners in the French Immersion program. In the future, she’d like to pursue clinical research and continue with her interest in early childhood education and language development.

Lindsay Williams

Lindsay completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics at McGill University, and recently returned from San Sebastian, Spain, where she completed her Master’s degree at the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain, and Language. Her Master’s research focused on the factors influencing interlingual competition and interference in bilinguals, and she continues to be interested in this topic, in addition to an interest in cognitive differences between bilinguals and monolinguals. In her free time, Lindsay loves hiking, pursuing various creative hobbies, and finding time to practice her own L2s, Spanish and German.

Nicole Boles

Nicole holds a B.A honours degree from UofC’s psychology program and is an incoming 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.

Qadriy Naimi

Qadriy is currently in her fourth year of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Health & Disease and Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She has always had a passion for language and its interplay with neurological development in children. In the lab, Qadriy is currently volunteering in the online literacy study and the auditory attention systematic review. After completing her undergraduate degree, Qadriy looks forward to pursuing a medical career and hopes to become a paediatrician. Outside of school and the lab, you can usually find her cooking afghan dishes, writing poetry, and spending time with family and friends.

Shumira Ranjith

Shumira is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, majoring in Cognitive Science (Language and Cognition) and Linguistics. Being born and raised in the linguistically diverse city of Toronto, Shumira is particularly interested in the cognitive development of multilingual children. She is also very interested in communication disorders and hopes to conduct research on the effects of multilingualism on children with developmental disorders. After completing her undergraduate degree, she aspires to obtain a graduate degree in speech-language pathology and further practice speech-language pathology. Outside the lab, Shumira loves walking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Siobhan Galeazzi

Siobhan Galeazzi is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto. Growing up in Quebec within a multilingual family sparked her interest in multilingualism and its impact on learning, development, and aging. After graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical Speech-Language Pathology and eventually work as a clinical Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in treating underserved populations. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, drawing and painting.