People

Leadership Team

  • Professor Greig de Zubicaray

    Research Program: My research program focuses on investigating the neural and cognitive mechanisms responsible for language processing, how these mechanisms are affected by brain tumours and stroke, how our genome helps us speak, and how language recovery can be facilitated by various treatments. Research Areas:  Neurobiology of language and memory; Cognitive...

  • Professor Katie McMahon

    Summary:  Prof McMahon is the Deputy Director of Herston Imaging Research Facility, and program lead for the "medical imaging, biomechanics and robotic technologies" theme for the Centre of Biomedical Technologies at QUT (https://research.qut.edu.au/cbt). She has over 20 years' experience in biomedical imaging and imaging analysis.Research: Her research interests lie in understanding...

Postdoctoral Fellows

Elaine Kearney

Dr Elaine Kearney is a postdoctoral research fellow in the LCBS lab, under the supervision of Prof Greig de Zubicaray and Prof Katie McMahon. Elaine completed her PhD in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto (Canada) and postdoctoral training in speech neuroscience at Boston University (USA). Her research focuses on the sensorimotor control of speech production in individuals with neurological disorders, asking questions such as: How do we use auditory feedback when we speak, and how does that change with neurological diagnoses like Parkinson’s disease? Elaine uses a range of behavioural, computational modelling, and neuroimaging techniques to answer these questions and further uncover the brain mechanisms underlying communication. In the lab, Elaine is working on a lesion-symptom mapping study investigating links between brain tumours and language impairment.

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Angelique Volfart

Dr Angelique Volfart is a postdoctoral research fellow in the LCBS lab, under the supervision of Prof Greig de Zubicaray and Prof Katie McMahon. Angelique completed her master’s degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Strasbourg (France) and her PhD in Medical Sciences / Health and Life Sciences as an international cosupervision between the University of Lorraine (France) and the University of Louvain (Belgium).

Angelique has expertise in scalp and intracerebral electrophysiological recordings coupled with frequency-tagging (fast periodic visual stimulation), and visual recognition processes, as her PhD thesis investigated the role of ventral visual stream regions with these methods. In the lab, Angelique is now working on language production paradigms using intracerebral SEEG recordings and fMRI.

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Dr Verena Pritchard joined the lab in August 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a project investigating neurodevelopmental outcomes following childhood brain cancer with Professor Greig de Zubicaray. She has also obtained external funding to work on a closely related project focusing on school reintegration experiences in child and adolescent brain cancer survivors and their families

Verena has expertise in longitudinal research within the fields of applied neurodevelopmental, cognitive, and educational psychology. She began her career as the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation’s Child Health Fellow (NZ). This was followed by lectureships in NZ, UK, and Australia. She has also worked as a Research Fellow at ACU alongside Professorial Fellow Charles Hulme (University of Oxford, UK)

Verena has published widely on academic achievement, executive function, attention and memory in notable Q1 journals including JAMA Pediatrics, Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Postgraduate Students

Carly Hood

Carly is a Master’s student in the LCBS lab. She joined us from the University of Queensland, where she completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Her MPhil project investigates long-term speech and language outcomes in survivors of childhood posterior fossa tumours with lesion-symptom mapping techniques. She is co-supervised by Prof Angela Morgan (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne) and Dr Sonia Brownsett (UQ).

 

Valeriya Tolkacheva

Valeriya Tolkacheva is a PhD student in the LCBS lab, co-supervised by Prof Greig de Zubicaray, Prof Katie McMahon and Dr Sonia Brownsett. Valeriya completed her joint Master of Science degree in Clinical Linguistics at the University of Groningen, University of Potsdam and University of Eastern Finland in 2019 (EMCL+ program). Her research focuses on investigating statistical regularities in language and the role of the right hemisphere in comprehension and production using behavioural and neuromodulation (navigated TMS) methods. In the lab, Valeriya is working on the Adult Brain Tumour Project and investigating the neurobiological correlates of language impairments in brain tumour patients after surgery using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). She also works as a sessional academic in the School of Psychology and Counselling and does tutoring on different subjects in the field of psychology. In the future, she aims to continue a career path in academia and pursue a postdoctoral fellowship to study the cognitive neuroscience of language. Outside of the lab, she likes painting, singing, hiking, and scuba diving.

Matteo Mascelloni

Matteo Mascelloni is a PhD student and Lab Manager at the LCBS Lab, supervised by Prof. de Zubicaray, Prof. McMahon, Dr. Piai and Prof Liegeois-Chauvel. Matteo completed his Bachelor degree in Communication and Languages at the University of Siena and his Double Master Degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Trento and University of Osnbrueck. His research focuses on electrophysiological signature of spoken word production using both scalp and intracranial electrophysiology. He recently obtained a job as Sales Engineer at ANT Neuro Australia. Outside the lab Matteo loves videogames and boardgames, cooking and a good glass of wine.

Junko Toraiwa

Junko is a PhD student in the LCBS lab. She completed Masters degrees in linguistics and neuroscience, respectively, from the University of Potsdam, Germany and University of Edinburgh, UK. Her project is investigating language processing in bilingualism, supervised by Associate Professor Renata Meuter of the School of Psychology and Counselling.

And the dearly departed…