Faculty Mentor: Lisa Aziz-Zadeh PhD
Research Lab: The A–Z Lab
Emily Kilroy is a postdoctoral scholar at USC and is collaborating with UCLA on a study investigating the relationship between gut microbiota and social processing in ASD. Emily completed her undergraduate education at Purdue University where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Neuroscience (with a concentration in Psychology). She received her Master of Science degree in Developmental Psychopathology from the University College London and Yale University with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder at the Yale Child Study Center. She continued her Autism research at UCLA at the Brain Mapping Center under the supervision of Dr. Danny Wang and Dr. Mirella Dapretto before entering a Ph.D. program in Occupational Science (with a concentration in Neuroscience) investigating, with her advisors Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh and Dr. Sharon Cermak, social and motor interactions in the motor system during action observation using neuroimaging and behavioral methods. Emily’s research interest is in advancing the understanding of typical development, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other related developmental disabilities (i.e., developmental coordination disorder). Her work focuses on identifying and clarifying how autism develops, how the brain is involved, and how social and motor skills interact in ASD. Emily collaborates with scientists across the country and employs approaches such as neuroimaging and behavioral assessment to better understand ASD and use this information for the service of families.
Research Lab: Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
Stéphanie Lefebvre is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Southern California in the Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. Prior to her position at USC, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics and Biology from the University Claude Bernard of Lyon (France), a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University Catholic of Louvain (Belgium): ‘Motor skill learning after stroke: exploration of neurophysiological mechanisms with functional neuroimaging and therapeutic modulation by non-invasive brain stimulation.’ She also completed a first Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Lille (France) and a second one at the CNRS, Lyon (France). Her main interests are mental health and brain plasticity, and specifically, how the brain reacts to changes in the environment during development or after a disease.