Taylor Thomas

Taylor graduated from Iowa State University in May 2017 with a BS in Genetics. She joined the lab in May 2019 as a graduate student pursuing her PhD in Genetics. She researched the genetics of the sex bias and enrichment for gender variance in autism, and is now pursuing post-graduate work in Boston!

Ashlyn Smith

Ashlyn was an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Michaelson Lab, majoring in Cell and Developmental Biology here at Iowa. She was involved with the lab for most of her undergraduate years and decided to join the Michelson Lab after seeing the positive impact they have made within the ASD community. The ASD community has always been a big part of Ashlyn’s life and she is thrilled to get to continue that work. In her free time, she is playing basketball with the Iowa Women’s Club team or is spending time attending all Iowa sports games!

Emma Schmudlach

Meet Emma Schmudlach! She majored in speech and hearing science with a certificate in disability studies. She has been involved in research since her sophomore year at Iowa State University, and once she transferred to Iowa, she knew that she wanted to continue being involved! Research interests her because of the positive change that it can lead to and how much it can impact people's lives. Outside of research she is also a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and volunteers weekly at the Iowa City Senior Center.

Madison Trog

Maddy is from Minnesota and graduated from Winona State University in 2020 with her BA in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. 

Maddy's love for research began when she was an undergraduate research assistant for 2 years in college where she researched fetal alcohol syndrome presented in mice. 

In her free time, Maddy likes to travel (shes been to 13 countries!!), spend time outdoors, play violin and read. Maddy will be attending graduate school for School Psychology this fall!

Sydney Kramer

Sydney graduated from the University of North Dakota with her BS in Psychology and a minor in Biology. Sydney is currently researching the relationship between creativity and psychopathology. 

In her free time, Sydney enjoys traveling, baking and listening to podcasts.  

Ben Tysseling

Ben Tysseling is a 2019 graduate of the University of Iowa where he majored in Computer Science and minored in Spanish. Currently, he is working part time here at the lab as a web application developer. What he loves most about this field is getting to learn new things everyday and applying problem solving to code. Ben started working in the lab as an RA in the beginning of the Fall 2019. Outside of his job, he enjoys playing basketball, blasting EDM music, and watching Survivor.

Brady Hoskins

Brady Hoskins is a Senior here at the University of Iowa. He is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Military Science and certificate in Large Data Analysis. Currently, he is in the process of applying to graduate school seeking to become a Data Scientist with a concentration in predictive modeling in healthcare. He has a passion for helping others and wishes to advance disease diagnosis methods by utilizing the vast amounts of data collected in the medical community.