Current Undergraduate Cohort



Farhan Ahmad

I am a second year undergraduate student studying Biology. I speak English and Bengali and can read Arabic. This is my first time working as a research assistant in a lab and as a bilingual myself, I hope to gain a better understanding of how the brain can comprehend multiple languages. I am hoping to gain research experience with this wonderful opportunity and apply the skills I acquire in my future endeavors.


Marco Andrade

My name is Marco Andrade. I am a third year poli sci major. I work as a reaserch assistant here in the Bilingualism, Brain, and Mind. I joined this lab because I wanted to learn about the importance of language other than its use of communication. As I learned in this lab, language not only allows us to communicate, but also it encourages healthy cognitive challenges to keep the brain on it feet. I love being part of this reaserch team and I look forward to a great quarter.

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Jose Calderon

I am a first year Music and Culture major and this is my first year in the lab. I became interested in learning more about bilingualism because I am bilingual and I live with someone who is monolingual. I’m interested in learning what are the key differences in the cognitive process between the two. Also I hope to gain lots of experience in lab research to help prepare any lab I might work in. I’m also hoping this will help me gain new skills to apply towards my school work.


Jasmine Conanan

I am a sophomore working towards pursuing a Psychology degree. I am bilingual in both English and Tagalog, but have been studying Korean for three years now. Language and linguistics have always been passions of mine, and I hope to attain a better understanding of how neural networks differ in monolingual and bilingual individuals and how we can effectively learn other languages. I am excited to be apart of this lab and hope to pursue a career involving psycholinguistics in the future.


Devani Cordero

I am an upcoming senior at Gordon College and am fortunate enough to work as a Research Assistant for the summer at UCR. I’m a double major, studying English Literature and Psychology and am excited to explore my second major through the bilingualism lab. Though not a bilingual myself, I grew up in a bilingual family and community and am excited to better understand the neurological processes behind our ability to communicate with one another in a variety of forms.


Mariellis Crain

I am a second-year majoring in linguistics, as well as minoring in mathematics. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I am interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. I am extremely excited to be working in Dr. Kroll’s lab because researchers are continuously looking for new ways to become bilingual quickly, and also, to gain a better understanding on the how the brain functions differently between bilinguals and monolinguals.


Faredun Dungore

I am currently a second year Neuroscience major (CNAS) at UCR trying to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. As a first time research assistant, I am really excited to gain experience in a research lab environment. In particular to this lab, I would like to learn how bilingualism may improve memory or cognitive skills of a person compared to being monolingual. As I further advance in my neuroscience courses, I would like to connect the information I attained, to the research lab in the future.


Rosemin Esparza

I am a senior majoring in Psychology. My research interest is to further expand my knowledge in how the bilingual brain differs from the monolingual brain. This is my first quarter volunteering as an RA and I am looking forward to acquiring new skills.


Zinet Ezedin

Hi! My name is Zinet (or Zina) Ezedin and I’m a second year Neuroscience major. Growing up in a household where each of my parents spoke 4 languages each, I have always wondered how people are able to oscillate from one language to another with such ease. My interest in this matter helped me to master 3, almost 4 languages. It has been an aspiration of mine to be given the opportunity to research the correlation between cognition and bilingualism. I’m thrilled to be a part of this lab and looking forward to exploring the extraordinary aspects of the mind and language.


Claudia Garcia

Hello! I am a transferred student and currently a Senior at UCR majoring in Psychology. After graduation my plan is to continue studying to become a licensed LMFT Clinical Psychologist, and obtain a Psy D. I became very interested in this research because I am bilingual myself, raising two bilingual children, and find it interesting how our brains process information coming from different languages. Additionally, I am intrigued to finding out under what language information is stored primarily. I look forward to continuing to learn and helping in any possible way.


Michelle Guerra

I am a fourth year undergraduate student studying Psychology. I have recently chosen to follow my passion to further understand the brain and behavior of people, including how some people learn languages later in life. This lab’s study of bilingualism peaked my interest because of my background of growing up in a trilingual household. Thus, this lab provides the perfect environment to explore the neurological links on why some people have the aptitude to learn two languages easily and why others struggle. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and experience with bilingualism and applying it to my future endeavors in the medical field.


Jeneane Hamideh

Hi! My name is Jeneane Hamideh and I am a fourth year Neuroscience major. I have been in this lab for about a year and am intrigued by the mechanisms of bilingualism and the brain. In this lab, I am able to translate my passion for neuroscience through various projects I get to create or work on. I am bilingual with reading, writing, and speaking in Arabic. I am interested in understanding how the brain learns and picks up languages, and specifically what can interfere with language learning in the brain over a period of time.


Tzu-Ning (Vicky) Hsu

I am a sophomore studying Psychology, and this is my first year working as a research assistant. I speak Mandarin and English fluently with some understanding of Japanese. My background as a bilingual and my interest in psychology intrigued me to gain a better understanding in this topic, and I hope to acquire research skills and knowledge to apply them in my future career.


Mariamme Ibrahim

As a 3rd year neuroscience major, I am interested in the developments and connections made in the brain as a result of different cognitive processes. Through this lab, I hope to learn how being bilingual affects the way our minds and brains work together. Growing up in a culture where Arabic is widely used in many settings (religious, at home, etc), I began appreciating the complexity and uniqueness of language and hope to further understand different aspects of the brain.


Jorge Juarez-Lopez

Hi! I am a 4th year psychology major. I want to pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology. I was born and raised in Mexico, I started to learn English when I was 19th years old. Therefore, my research interest is to learn how we are capable to acquire more than one language to communicate with others and how the brain and speech aspects synchronize to make us bilinguals.


Samreen Kazi

I am a third year Biology major at UCR and this is my first year working in this lab. I am excited to learn about bilingualism and the cognitive processes that allow bilingual individuals to transition from one language to another. In this lab, I look forward to learning new skills about conducting research and hope to be able to apply them to other research studies in the future.


Amy Kobayashi

Hello my name is Amy Kobayashi and I am a second year linguistics major with an interest in speech pathology. I currently know three languages: English, Japanese, and American Sign Language. Japanese was my first language and I remember going through a time when I struggled to learn English, but now it has become so easy for me. I am so excited to be a research assistant for this lab and to learn more about bilingualism and how it affects the brain.


Emily Khouw

I am a junior majoring in Cognitive Science, and this is my first year in the lab. Learning languages has always been a passion of mine – English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Indonesian. Apart from being fascinated by the variations in grammar, I’ve always wondered why I experience silly frustrations like confusing words in different languages, which led me to an interest in psycholinguistics. I’m curious to learn more about the relationship between multilingualism and cognition, like memory. In addition, I am intrigued by how we learn languages effectively and whether one’s language background affects acquisition of another language. In this lab, I’m looking forward to expanding my perspective, and I hope to learn new skills and gain research experience.

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Charles Lai

Hello there! I am a third year at UCR. My major is Biochemistry in Medical Emphasis. I speak three different languages: English, Taiwanese, and Chinese. I came to this research lab to understand the relationship between bilingualism and the mind. I had taken Spanish classes in my high school life, but I never managed to master it. I am interested the reasons behind this. Perhaps what I learn from the research and the lab techniques can also help me in my future career.


Tram Le

I am a second year Biology major student at UCR. I am particular interested in the research on Bilingual Minds and Brains because I am a trilingual speaker who is intrigued by the way the brain works for people who speak multiple languages. I want to gain more insight on bilingual’s cognitive and the brain’s capabilities to switch between languages. Also, I hope to gain experience working in lab setting and conducting different experiments.


Vanessa Ledesma

I am a second-year student majoring in biology and interested in pursuing a career in medicine. This will be my first year working as a research assistant. I am excited to work in this lab because I would like to find out how and why a bilingual’s brain functions differently than that of a monolingual’s. As a bilingual myself, I would also like to learn what the advantages and disadvantages of being one are. I am looking forward to learning more about the subject.


Sharon Lopez

Hello! I am a third year Psychology major pursuing a career in the medical field. I was raised in a Spanish speaking household and never understood the importance of being bilingual until I was older. Im interested in learning and understanding the processes the brain goes through and how it all comes together to allow someone to switch from one language to the other. Im looking forward to working in the bilingualism lab and applying what I have learned to contribute to further research.

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Ashley Marin

I’m currently a first year student pursuing a B.S in psychology and aspiring a health related career in the future. I am excited to work as an RA and contribute to research throughout my college journey. My interests in studying the brain developed while witnessing my grandfather slowly regain his ability to speak and understand multiple languages with the help of therapy after experiencing several strokes within a short time period. I hope to expand my passion in studying the brain and learn as much as possible from the bilingualism lab.


Monica Martinez

I am a third year Psychology Law and Society major. After I graduate, I want to either go to law school or a graduate school in Forensic Psychology. I am bilingual, Spanish and English, and have always been grateful for it. I am also interested in the way the mind works, which is why I became interested in working in this lab. I hope that this lab allows me to know more about bilingualism and give me tools that I can use for the rest of my schooling and career.


Monica Mikhail

I am a second year student majoring in Neuroscience with an interest in minoring in Psychology. This is my first year as a RA in lab and I am really excited to learm more about different research methods and how to conduct different experiments. As a bilingual myself, English and Arabic, I am really interested to learn more about the uniqueness of the brain and its flexibility to acquire a second language even in the early stages of life. It will aslo give me an insight on how acquiring a second language affect the brain’s activities such as in cognitive skills, memory, attention etc. After I grdauate, I am planning to apply to Medical School to become a sport physician.


Giselle Moreno

I am a second year here at UCR studying Psychology. This is my first year working as a lab research assistant. Through out the course of my college experience, I’ve found research to be something that interests me. As a bilingual myself, I often reflect on my experience acquiring both English and Spanish and the cognitive effects it has. I am excited to be apart of this lab and further expand myself in the researching field.


Mariam Morkos

Hello! My name is Mariam Morkos. I am a fourth year undergraduate student at UCR studying biology. I grew up speaking Arabic with my parents, and I can’t remember a time where I was unable to speak both Arabic and English. However, I’m constantly told how my Arabic accent has been affected by English. It fascinates me to believe that if I was monolingual, my Arabic would’ve been different. Helping with this research will educate me on the complexity of how languages affect the brain and our cognitive abilities.

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Si Yeon Park

Hello, I am SiYeon Park, but I go by Lani. I am a third year psychology major and am interested in pursuing my career as a clinical psychologist. I am currently taking a psychology class on bilingualism and decided to participate in this lab as an R.A. because the topic was so intereting. As a bilingual, I would love to further expand my knowledge on the true benefits of bilingualism.

Belen Leon Perez

My name is Belen Leon and I am a second year majoring in Psychology. I have always been highly interested in research but my love and curiosity for the mind started in one of my psychology classes. My interest in joining a lab grew as I came across Dr. Kroll’s lab and found that it was the perfect fit for me. I am captivated by the human mind, our cognitive skills, and the ability to learn different languages. Being in this lab has given me the opportunity to be able to explore the psychology field even further. Also, being able to apply the knowledge I have learned in my psychology classes and seeing it come to life is truly fascinating.


Josseline Pineda

I am a Junior studying both Spanish Literature and Psychology. I am interested in exploring more the cognitive aspect of Psychology. By working in this lab, I want to interconnect and further explore both my passion for language and Psychology. I am intrigued by the cognitive aspect of the lab and I am hoping to get more exposure to research studies to prepare me for my post graduation plans.


Mark Pishay

I am a fourth-year Religious Studies major pursuing a career in the field of medicine, who is interested in the brain and its complex functions. I have a passion for the field of linguistics, as well, and seek to broaden my understanding of how the brains of bilingual speakers manage the different languages which those individuals speak. I hope to gain invaluable experience while doing this research, and learn exciting new concepts which will motivate me to continue along the career path I have chosen.


Valeriya Ragozina

I am a second year pre-med Psychology major and this is my first year working in the lab. I am planning to matriculate into medical school immediately after graduating from UCR and to go on to pursue psychiatry. I am excited to gain experience working with participants and to learn more about bilingualism and research methods.

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Melissa Ramos

My name is Melissa and I am a sophomore studying Psychology. I am intrigued in this research because I grew up in a Spanish-speaking household making Spanish my first language but English my dominant language soon after; I have always wondered about our brains capability on acquiring more than one language. I am interested in learning more about bilingualism, the correlation of psychology and language, and the skills needed for conducting psychological research. Thus, being bilingual has driven me to want to be more involved in this research lab.


Wesley Sanchez

My name is Wesley Sanchez, a recent college graduate from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. My degree is in English Linguistics with a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) for Secondary Education. Growing up in a fully bilingual context inspired me to study linguistics, and continue the amazing research that many have started on the topic of bilingualism. Therefore, my research interests are related to: neural processes that happen in the brain while codeswitching in different instances, as well as studying the influence of two languages towards cognitive tasks.


Rebeea Shaikh

I am a first year majoring in Neuroscience and am very excited to begin studying bilingualism. Growing up in a household in which multiple languages are spoken has sparked an interest in me to enhance my knowledge regarding the processes occurring in the brain when switching among different languages. I look forward to conducting research in this lab through my first year as an RA.


Neha Sheik

Hi! My name is Neha Sheik and I am a second year Biology major. This is my first year working as a RA and I am very excited to study bilingualism. I’ve always had a fascination with psychology and language and this is the perfect opportunity to do both.


Juliana Shenouda

I am a sophomore studying biology with a minor in Spanish. I took Spanish for all four years of high school and grew up in an Arabic setting. With this experience, I was always curious to understand neural connections in depth and how different language factors were systematically sent to different places in the brain. I am eager to learn and am excited about being part of research in the field of neuroanatomy and the diverse function both of the sides of the brain. And I think the ability to actively participate in and analyze new research is an essential component to the successful practice of medic


Supanat Sritapan

I am currently a second year Biology major at UCR. As a person who speaks two languages, I would love to learn more about how the brain of a bilingual functions differently than that of a monolingual. Also, with my recent interests in Neuroscience, I am determined to apply what I learned in classrooms and to obtain more research experience from working in this lab.

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Shayaan Syed

Hi! I am a second year student majoring in Biology. I only spoke Urdu for 10 years , and learned to speak English when I moved to U.S. Now that I can speak these two languages fluently, I am curious to find out how does a bilingual brain works, and how it differs from that of monolingual. This is my first year as a research assistant, and I am very excited to be researching on the Language Experience and Verbal Fluency project.


Tammy Van

Hi! My name is Tammy Van and I’m a second year Neuroscience major, interested in pursuing pediatrics. I currently speak two languages, that being English and Vietnamese, but I’m hoping to expand on that with Spanish and Sign Language! As a bilingual, I’ve always been intrigued by languages and even more captivated by how the mind works, now in relation to languages. Given this lab bridges the two, I can’t express how excited I am to be a part of this lab. I can’t wait to dive into the world of bilingual minds and learn more about their neurological processes!

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Paulina Vasquez-Rocha

I’m a 2nd year studying Linguistics and Spanish Linguistics. and I’m excited to learn more about the cognitive development of bilinguals. I am also interested in how and under what circumstances bilinguals decide to code switch. I look forward to developing an understanding on psycholinguistics and being involved and learning about the research process!


Kelly Vazquez

I am a third year psychology major and business minor with an interest in relieving psychological dysfunction and to promoting subjective well-being and personal development. My goal as a lab assistant is the not only have the experience of conducting research therefore knowing how to interpret results. As a multilingual individual, it is interesting to learn how the brain processes information given that two or more languages are at work. I am excited to learn from this experience and apply these teachings after graduation as well as in my own practice as a professional.


Arianna Zimmer

My name is Arianna Zimmer I am a first year Spanish major with a focus in linguistics. This will be my first year participating in research and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to research something as interesting as the bilingual brain ! As a fluent Spanish speaker it is very fascinating to me how the bilingual brain works. My ultimate goal is to go to medical school and hopefully one day be able to conduct my own research on nutrition. I hope to primarily attend to the underserved Spanish speaking community here in Southern California. I believe that participating in research will provide me with a great idea of what conducting research is like and will motivate me to keep pursuing my ultimate goal.