PhD Students

  • Katherine Bryan

    Ph.D Student
    Hearing and Speech Sciences

    Katherine Bryan is a first-year doctoral student in the Hearing and Speech Sciences Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University. She graduated from Bowdoin College with majors in Biology and Education. Katherine then completed her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University, where she worked with Dr. Stephen Camarata studying efficacy of language interventions for non- and minimally-verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her research interests include genetic correlates of neurogenic communication disorders as well as discourse measures. In her free time, Katherine enjoys baking, reading, and exploring Tennessee on her bike.

  • Tanguy du Mérac is an incoming second-year doctoral student in the Human Genetics Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University, currently interested in unravelling the neural and genetic basis of human musicality traits under the supervision of Dr. Reyna Gordon. During his MSc in Biomedical Sciences (University of Amsterdam), he dedicated his research to the genetic underpinnings of reading ability in Dr. Beate St. Pourcain’s research group (MPI for Psycholinguistics), as well as the genetic aetiology of inherited neurodegenerative disorders (i3S, Portugal). He holds a BSc in Microbiology and a BA in Philosophy, both awarded by the Catholic University of Portugal, and is eager to bring his contributions to both fields. Outside of work, Tanguy really enjoys playing piano, baking, writing poems, and reading books.