Our People

Director

Yana Yunusova, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

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Dr. Yana Yunusova is an Associate Professor at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Yunusova is also the Director of the Speech Production Lab at UofT, the Bulbar Function Lab at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Vocal Tract Visualization Lab at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Click here to to learn more about Dr. Yunusova’s research.

E-mail: yana.yunusovaATutoronto.ca

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Andrea Bandini, Ph.D.

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Dr. Andrea Bandini is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Vocal Tract Visualization Lab at UHN – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He completed his Ph.D in Bioengineering from the Università di Bologna, Università degli Studi di Firenze (2016) and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy. He is interested in research implementation of 3D markerless techniques for studying the articulatory movements during speech, comparison with optoelectronic marker-based methods, speech disorders, face tracking, computer vision and acoustic analysis of speech signals among others.

Email: andrea.bandiniATuhn.ca

Research coordinator

Madhura Kulkarni, M.D., M.P.H

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Dr. Madhura Kulkarni is the lab manager for the Speech Production Lab at the University of Toronto as well as a research coordinator for ongoing projects at the Bulbar Function Lab at SRI and the VTV lab at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She completed her Masters degree in Public health from the University of Saskatchewan (2013) and her Honors Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Ryazan State I.P. Pavlov Medical University (2009) in Russia. She is interested in research related to biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and neurodegenerative diseases.

Email: madhura.kulkarniATsunnybrook.ca

Current Students

 Sanjana Shellikeri, Ph.D Student

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Sanjana Shellikeri is pursuing a PhD in Speech-Language Pathology. Her research investigates the neuroanatomical correlates of bulbar form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) using neuroimaging and post-mortem neuropathological techniques and linking them to speech disorder profiles. She completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto (2014) and Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at York University (2012). Her research interests include speech motor control, motor learning, neuroimaging and neuropathology.

Email: sanjana.shellikeriATmail.utoronto.ca

Nicholas Wasylyk, M.Sc. Student

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Nicholas Wasylyk is pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at the Tusculum College (2016) in USA. His research investigates the link between respiration and speech in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Email: nicholas.wasylykATmail.utoronto.ca

Research Assistants

Mariam Mekhail, BSc

Mariam Mekhail is responsible for data quality assurance, post-processing and measurement of data from instrumental measures including the WAVE system for both the Bulbar Function Lab at Sunnybrook Research Institute and Vocal Tract Visualization Lab at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Email: mariam.mekhailATsunnybrook.ca

Former graduate students

Elaine Kearney, PhD (2017)

Andrea Gauster, MSc (2009), M.D.

Krista Rudy, MSc (2011)

Former undergraduate students and research assistants

Armen Bakirtzian

Ashkon Pourheidary

Jamal Ansari

Jaime Cazes

Johnson Dinh

Julie Chan

Kent Phuong

Lauren Greenwood

Mathew Myers

Michelle Falikowski

Peter Zhou

Renuka Giles

Shinthuja Wijayasri

Vasily Giannakeas

Vincci Tau

Vishwathsen Karthikeyan

Wenyi Yin