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 first 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, Research Assistant

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 began working in the Ramachandran lab as a research assistant in September 2016. She is broadly interested in the neurophysiological basis of communication, and she hopes to continue examining this area of research by collecting simultaneous behavioral and electrophysiological data. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, photography, painting, and playing with her two rescue cats, Daenerys and Legolas.

Chase MackeyChase Mackey, Research Assistant

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

Chase has been a member of the Ramachandran lab since October 2016. Here he has developed an interest in the neural basis of auditory perception, and higher cognitive functions like selective attention. He is also interested in the neural reorganization that occurs following noise exposure, and how the activity of the reorganized auditory pathway relates to the perception of the subject. When he is not in the lab, Chase records music, which is featured on Songspace:

Rachel SnyderRachel Snyder, Audiology Student

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

A recent addition to the Ramachandran lab, Rachel is a first 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 first year Au.D. student who has broad clinical and research interests in hearing aids and adults with hearing loss. She has recently 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.

Evan Mercer PhotoEvan Mercer, Undergraduate Student

Evan is a fourth year undergraduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Neuroscience and Communication Studies. He has spent three years in the Ramachandran lab, analyzing how noise exposure affects the auditory pathway through behavioral and electrophysiological studies. Evan will pursue a MD degree after graduation. He also greatly enjoys the outdoors and cheering on the Commodores!

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, Audiology Extern, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Julia Goddeeris, Audiologist, Johnson Audiology, Murfreesboro, TN
Maureen Virts, Third Year Audiology Student, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Undergraduate Students:
Natalie Schmidt, Junior, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Jennifer McCrate, Senior, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Sri Reddy, Medical Student, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Harini Suresh, Medical Student, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Molly Kaplan, Associate Consultant, Bain & Company, Dallas, TX
Tricia Tyson, Medical Student, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Corey Mondul, Biomed. Sci. Masters Student, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Abigail Bernard, Medical Student, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS

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, INC Research, Dallas, TX