Lab Members


Ramnarayan RamachandranRamnarayan Ramachandran, Principal Investigator

Asst. Prof., Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Asst. Prof., Department of Psychology
Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Training Faculty, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Ph.D. (Biomed Engg.), 2000, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
M.Sc. (Tech), 1991, Birla Inst. of Technology & Science, India
M.S. (Biomed Engg.), 1993, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


Jane Burton PhotoJane Burton, Graduate Student

Au.D. (Audiology), 2017, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
B.A. (Psychology/Neuroscience), 2013, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Jane is a third year graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. She obtained her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from Vanderbilt University in 2017 after completing her clinical externship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Jane has worked in the Ramachandran lab since May 2014, at which time she completed a T35 NIH traineeship. She is interested in combining her clinical knowledge with her passion for neuroscience by investigating neurophysiology and neural circuitry of the auditory system in normal hearing subjects and following noise-induced hearing impairment. In her spare time, Jane sings in a few local and regional choral ensembles and enjoys hanging out with her husky, Lena, and her tuxedo cat, Wilma.

Jessica Feller

Jessica Feller, Graduate Student

M.A. (Anthropology-Biological), 2016, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
B.S. (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology), 2010, Michigan State University, East
Lansing, MI
B.S. (Zoology-Neurobiology/Animal Behavior), 2010, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Jessica is a second year graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. She has been a member of the Ramachandran lab since September 2016 and has been investigating the physiological and behavioral consequences of noise exposure. Jessica is interested in the neurophysiological basis of communication, and she hopes to examine the effects of noise exposure on a subject’s perception of conspecific vocalizations occurring in ecologically-relevant noisy environments. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, photography, painting, and playing with her two rescue cats, Daenerys and Legolas.

Chase Mackey, Graduate Student

B.S. (Neuroscience), 2016, Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Chase is a second-year graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. He is interested in correlating neurophysiological and behavioral measures of perceptual performance in cognitively-demanding listening environments. To this end he has developed a variety of signal detection projects characterizing the speed and accuracy of spatial and temporal processing, and how this processing is altered following noise exposure. Chase is currently developing a novel behavioral paradigm to elucidate how cochlear synaptopathy may impact neuronal and behavioral measures of discrimination in realistic environments. When he is not in the lab, Chase records experimental rock/funk/electronic music, which is featured on Bandcamp.

Adriana PhotoAdriana Schoenhaut, Graduate Student

B.S. (Brain and Cognitive Sciences), 2017, University of Rochester

Adriana joined the lab in August 2019 as a first year graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. After researching the representation of visual motion in macaque as an undergraduate, she spent two years conducting MEG research in spoken language processing at Massachusetts General Hospital. Adriana now hopes to use neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational approaches to characterize audiovisual interactions across different levels of processing in macaque and humans through collaborative projects with the Wallace lab. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, longboarding, cooking, and exploring Nashville.

Rachel SnyderRachel Snyder, Audiology Student

B.S. (Speech Pathology and Audiology), 2016, University of Texas at Dallas

Rachel is a third year Au.D. student interested in auditory neuroscience and acquired hearing loss. In her free time, Rachel loves reading, cooking, and exploring the outdoors.

Amy Stahl PhotoAmy Stahl, Audiology Student

B.S. (Speech and Hearing Science), 2017, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Amy is a third year Au.D. student who has broad clinical and research interests in hearing aids and adults with hearing loss. She has expanded her research horizons by joining the Ramachandran lab to understand how sound is processed in the brain and explore the neural mechanisms that underlie auditory perception. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors, watching movies, knitting, and baking.

Namrata Temghare PhotoNamrata Temghare, Research Assistant

M.S. (Biomedical Engineering), 2018, Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
B.E. (Biomedical Engineering), 2015, University of Mumbai, India

Namrata started working as a Research Assistant in Ramachandran lab in July 2018 after finding a new interest in his research. She has completed her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue School of Engineering and Technology with major interests in bio-instrumentation and neural engineering. She worked as a research assistant in a bio electronics lab at Indiana University supporting electrophysiology experiments, data collection, and analysis. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and is a pet lover.

Alex Tarabillo PhotoAlex Tarabillo, Research Assistant

M.S. (Biomedical Sciences), 2018, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA
B.S. (Biomedical Sciences), 2016, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Alex is a graduate from Iowa State University where he obtained his Master of Science in biomedical sciences. Alex’s interests lie in veterinary medicine and he hopes to pursue a career in the field sometime in the near future. He joined the Ramachandran lab to gain a better understanding of how animals can be used as models for advancements in both biomedical research and veterinary medicine. In his free time, Alex enjoys taking long jogs, playing soccer, and spending time with his dog, Noodle.

Jane Camarata PhotoJane Camarata, Research Assistant

B.A. (Biology), 2018, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC

Jane recently graduated from Belmont Abbey College where she completed a degree in Biology. Jane joined the lab to gain experience in research.  She is excited to learn the underlying mechanisms of the auditory system as well as explore and understand how sounds are processed.  Jane plans to pursue a PhD in epidemiology or some related field in the future.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, outdoor activities, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Katy Alek PhotoKaty Alek, Research Assistant

B.S. (Neuroscience), 2018, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Katy recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where she completed a degree in Neuroscience.  She joined the lab to gain animal research skills and is excited to explore neuroscience research in relation to the auditory system and sound.  She has an interest in neuropharmacology and plans to return to school for further education.  In her free time, she likes hiking, traveling to new places, singing and dancing.

Charita PhotoCharita Veerapaneni, Undergraduate Student

Charita is a senior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, and Society. She has worked as a laboratory technical assistant in pathology and histology, and she observes and volunteers at hospitals. Charita’s interests lie in healthcare, and she plans to pursue medical school, post graduation. In her free time, Charita enjoys dancing, trying new food, and spending time with friends and family.

Julie Choi imageJulie Choi, Undergraduate Student

Julie is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society or Neuroscience. Julie’s interests lie in the anatomies and physiologies of the special senses and doing community service. In her free time, Julie enjoys traveling, knitting, and playing squash. 




Lab Alumni:

Post Doctoral Fellows:
Francesca Rocchi, Research Associate, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Jason Grigsby, Software Development Engineer, Yahoo! Inc., Champaign, IL

Audiology Students:
Samantha Hauser, Audiologist, Easter Seals Center for Better Hearing, CT
Julia Goddeeris, Audiologist, Johnson Audiology, Murfreesboro, TN
Maureen Virts, Audiologist, UChicago Medicine, Chicago, IL

Undergraduate Students:
Grant Mercer, Senior, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Evan Mercer, Medical Student, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Natalie Schmidt, Senior, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Jennifer McCrate, Compliance Operations Associate, Gerson Lehrman Group, Austin, TX
Sri Reddy, Medical Student, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Harini Suresh, Medical Student, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Molly Kaplan, MBA Student, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Tricia Tyson, Medical Student, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Corey Mondul, Anesthesiologist Assistant Student, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Abigail Bernard, Ob/Gyn Resident, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Research Assistants:
Maggie Dylla, Homemaker, Madison, TN
Justin Watson, Sales Representative, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Asheville, NC
Chaya Narayan, Scientific Writer, Bangalore, India
Peter Bohlen, Engineer, Baebies Inc., Durham, NC
Courtney Timms, Clinical Research Associate, Syneos Health, Dallas, TX