Maya Martin-Gonzalez grew up in Western Massachusetts, and is currently a third year undergraduate at Vanderbilt University where she is studying Neuroscience and Piano Performance. She is a transfer student from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Maya is exploring her interests in research and is hoping to pursue topics relating to rhythm perception. In her free time, Maya enjoys climbing, cooking, playing piano, and going to concerts!
Selena Steinberg is a current Master’s student on the Clinical and Developmental Research Track of Peabody College’s Child Studies program. She grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Tufts University in 2018, where she majored in Child Study & Human Development and Mathematics and minored in Drama and Dance. One of Selena’s main research interests is understanding the ways in which the performing arts impact development, but she is also passionate about arts integration and math education. In her free time, Selena enjoys tap dancing, listening to showtunes, and reading.
Aparna Srinivasan is from Westmont, Illinois, and she is currently a first year student at Vanderbilt University. She is majoring in neuroscience, and has been interning with the Hydrocephalus Association for the past three years. Outside of the lab, she loves to write her own music, sing, and play the ukulele. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school, and possibly specialize in pediatrics. She is very excited to spend the next few years in Nashville working with Dr. Lense and the rest of the team.
Cognitive Studies and Child Development
Zoe Crawley is a second-year undergraduate student from Alexandria, Virginia. She is a Cognitive Studies and Child Development major and Creative Writing minor. She is especially interested connecting experience with the arts with emotional development in early childhood, and hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology with a focus on music cognition. In the future, she plans to engage in graduate work that integrates music and arts therapy into clinical practice. Outside of the lab, she enjoys singing and writing music, baking, and spending all the time she can outside.
Biology and Art
Navya Thakkar is a third-year undergraduate student from Mumbai, India studying Biology and Art. She is very passionate about the intersection between science and art, with a focus on genetics and psychology. Navya plans on using her artistic skills to create science art, hoping to work in the field of communication between the scientific community and the public. She is planning on taking a gap year before applying to graduate school for medical illustration programs. Outside of school, Navya enjoys roller skating, spending as much time as she can outdoors and creating playlists full of music for her friends!
Violin Performance and Psychology
Gabija Zilinskaite is a second-year undergraduate student from Fort Mill, South Carolina. She is currently studying Violin Performance and Psychology at Vanderbilt. She started training as a violinist when she was five, and since then has enjoyed teaching violin lessons and sharing music with her community. Gabija is passionate about music and is curious about the effects it has on cognition and development, especially in children. In her free time, she likes to read, hike, and spend time with her family and friends.