Camila AlviarPostdoctoral Research FellowOtolaryngology
Camila Alviar is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Music Cognition Lab studying how children and adults with and without developmental disabilities entrain to the rhythms of social interaction. Camila holds a PhD in Cognitive and Information Sciences from the University of California, Merced. Her graduate work focused on the dynamics of multimodal coordination during language use and their change as a result of discourse level variables, such as communicative goals and contextual constrains. Camila’s research interests also include the dynamics of interpersonal coordination under challenging communicative situations.
In her free time, Camila loves sharing time with loved ones and having stimulating conversations. She also enjoys trying new food, knitting, planting stuff, and cuddling with her cat.
Noah FramPostdoctoral Research FellowOtolaryngology
Noah Fram is a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Miriam Lense. His research draws on computational modelling techniques to probe the relationship between temporal prediction and social function in autism. Prior to joining the Music Cognition Lab, Noah earned his PhD from Stanford University under Dr. Jonathan Berger and Dr. Takako Fujioka, his MPhil in music studies at the University of Cambridge under Dr. Ian Cross and his BA in theatre and mathematics at Vanderbilt University.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Noah is a composer and writer working primarily in theatre, and spent several years as a theatrical lighting designer and stage technician. Most recently, his musical The Glass Cage was featured in West Edge Opera’s Snapshot Festival (2021). When he’s not working on a new project, whether academic or creative, Noah can be found reading novels (and occasionally reviewing them for the Nashville-based litmag Bookpage), cooking, playing with his cat, or making music with any instrument he can get his hands on.
Yasmina Nozha MekkiPostdoctoral FellowOtolaryngology
Yasmina Mekki is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Music Cognition Lab studying the genetic contributions to the neural basis of human musicality traits. She will also explore their potential shared architecture with other communication traits, health traits, and related neural intermediate phenotypes. Yasmina holds a PhD in information and communication sciences from the University of Paris-Saclay. Her work focused on highlighting the genetic architecture of the human language connectome.