Natasha Khot

Natasha is a second semester sophomore studying biomedical science on the pre-med track. While she loves studying that and can't wait for the day she earns her white coat (!!), she also minors in international studies because she want to be able to make a difference in the world through medicine, as well as activism. 

She is an international student from India. She has an almost 3 year old golden retriever back home named Muffin, who is her favorite person in the entire world. 

Bari Bloom

Bari has had a passion for the autism community for as long as she can remember. One of her closest friends is on the spectrum and throughout grade school she spent as much time with him as she could, whether that be eating lunch together or attending his speech therapy sessions every Monday. She ultimately decided to major in speech and hearing because of her interest in working with individuals who have autism. She loves all of the special quirks and kind-hearted nature people on the spectrum exhibit.

Florencia Lowenthal

This is Florencia's fourth year at the University of Iowa and her sixth semester with the Michaelson Lab.  She has mainly helped with recruitment and data entry during her time here and her favorite part has been attending recruitment events and interacting with our participants and their families!  Next year, she will be going on to graduate school to earn her masters in Speech Pathology.  She is very excited to continue this journey to become a speech-language pathologist and is grateful for her experiences here at the lab.  When she is not at school or at the lab, she loves hanging

Elisabeth Karafili

Elisabeth Karafili is a Senior here at the University of Iowa! She is majoring in Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in Spanish. Currently, she is in the process of applying to graduate school with the ambition of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist. What she loves most about this field is that though Speech Pathologists treat individuals that have communication and swallowing problems, they also provide an abundance of joy and happiness into the lives of their clients, which is what she hopes to provide as a future clinician.

Cate Buescher

Cate graduated from the University of Missouri in May of 2019 with a BS in Health Sciences and a Psychology minor.

After a successful two years as a SPARK RA, Cate got accepted into The University's Epidemiology graduate program. 

In her free time, Cate likes to travel, go thrifting, and spending time with her friends and family (Including her bernese mountain dog, Desi). 

Leo Brueggeman

Leo was one of our MD/PhD student in Iowa's MSTP program and a graduate research assistant in the Michaelson lab. After completing a BS degree in Molecular Biology from UC Santa Cruz, he came to Iowa to pursue his dual passion for medicine and computational bioinformatics. As a member of Iowa's Genetics PhD program, Leo's research focuses on applying machine learning techniques to imaging and genetic data to increase our understanding of psychiatric disease. In his free time, Leo enjoys traveling (20+ countries and counting) and reading about new technologies (GPUs, android, etc).

Tanner Koomar

In 2015, Tanner was the first graduate student to join the Michaelson Lab as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics. Tanner’s project focuses on the intersection of human language with neurodevelopment, through the study of population-level whole genome sequencing. As a key trait which distinguishes humans from our closest living relatives, Tanner was inspired to study the genetics of language, and is passionate about communicating science broadly. Outside of the lab, Tanner is devoted to his wife, dogs, podcasts and tabletop role-playing games.