Ryan Coppens, M.A., Ph.D
Why I joined: Emphasis on research as a key factor for acceptance into Medical school lured me into gaining my research experience. The abilities and skills that I’ve picked up and can put on my resume. I enjoy working with participants as well as other members of the lab creating a more efficient work environment. One of the best rewards has been the experience of working as a group with a common goal, learning to work with others in an efficient manner.
What I Do: Nothing!... EEG acquisition and data collection, digitization and photogrammetry, eye tracking, phone screeners and recruitmentInterests: The brain and its functionality, brain’s functionality in response to exogenous substances Tennis, Skiing, Medicine
Kian Hamedani, M.S., Ph.D
Harsh S. Ilapakurthi
Joined: Spring 2014
I joined this lab because I wanted to get involved on campus in anything that was neuro related. After talking to my advisor, she recommended that I join the Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory, and since then I have helped all that I can in the lab. One of my favorite aspects of this lab is the fact that you get hands on experience from placing EEG brain nets on participants. Another aspect of lab that I particularly enjoy is interacting with the participants. It feels as if I am preparing for a time where I might have my own patients.
Interests: Neuroscience, medicine, fitness, tennis, and music.
I joined the lab when I began at SIU as a way to gain clinical experience in preparation for medical school. This research laboratory has greatly prepared me for the road ahead, and I feel that my experience here has had a very positive effect in my life. I am thankful for this opportunity to have been a part of the INL Smoke Lab.
Interests: Biological sampling, EEG collection, clinical skills
I initially joined INL because I thought having a research position would look good on a resume, as well as future medical school applications. However, I was surprised how hands on the lab was, and how much you were actually allowed to do. This direct exposure gave me insight into a clinical setting that I might experience in my future as a physician. During my time in lab, the areas that I have found most interesting were EEG net placement, observing brain wave patterns, and eye-tracking tasks.
Interests: Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Neuroscience