Vishal Bandaru

Undergraduate Student (Neuroscience)

Hi, I’m Vishal. I am an undergraduate student double majoring in neuroscience and psychology. After my undergraduate years, I am planning on going to medical school and becoming a doctor. Outside of school, my interests include watching everything Pittsburgh sports related and playing table games with friends. 

Jennifer (Jen) Klara

Research Technician


Jacie McHaney

Jen joined as a research technician in the lab after completing her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. Her future goals include medical or graduate school. She aspires to make discoveries that will make a difference in somebody’s life. When not in class, she can usually be found playing various video games, shopping, or reading books about death. If that doesn’t make you too uneasy, she’ll happily give you her gaming information to play sometime.

Graduate Student (Communication Science and Disorders)

Jacie is a third year PhD student working with Drs. Parthasarathy and Chandrasekaran. She investigates the neural mechanisms underlying speech perception in noise in middle-age and the influence of cognition and sensory encoding using multimodal neuroimaging and computational neuroscience approaches. Twitter: @JacieMcHaney

Claire Mitchell

Undergraduate Student (CSD)

Hi, I’m Claire! I am an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have a Secondary Education minor and am working on completing a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. After undergraduate school, I am planning to go to graduate school for Audiology. Outside of class and studying, I love watching football, playing with my dogs, and getting Noodlehead or Chipotle.


Aravind Parthasarathy, PhD

Aravind tries to do stuff as well. 

Aravind_Partha (at) pitt (dot) edu


Kimmy Yurasits

Graduate Student (Audiology)

Hi I’m Kimmy!  I am a current graduate student in the Audiology Department.  I didn’t have to go far for grad school though, I majored in Communication Science and Disorders right here at Pitt before making the leap to continue my education.  Through my classes I became interested in the neural processes behind hearing as well as how that can go wrong.  I’m so happy to be joining the Parthasarathy Lab to continue learning and joining the ongoing research.  When I’m not in class or clinic, I love hiking (especially if dogs are involved) and getting lost in a good book.


Maggie Zink

Graduate Student (Communication Science and Disorders)

Maggie is excited to expound upon her work with listening effort and related fatigue, hearing loss, and cognitive aging under the guidance of Drs. Parthasarathy and Chandrasekaran. On a larger scale, she hopes to do her part to help better understand the relationship between perceptual and cognitive decline. Maggie graduated from Saint Louis University in 2014 with degrees in Neuroscience and Music: Operatic Vocal Performance. Her passions include pub trivia, Thai takeout, concert photography, and idolizing Food Network stars (despite having no cooking abilities).

Lab Alumni

Wes Enterline (AuD) - Currently: Extern @ Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh

Tori Cancel (AuD) - Currently: Extern @ Duke University, NC

Mayan Harris (Taylor-Allderdice High school) - Currently: Undergrad @ Brandeis, MA