Our Experts

The Science of Learning Institute includes a broad network of scientists, practitioners, and educators with expertise spanning basic and applied sciences.

Dr. Reza Shadmehr

Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience  
School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering

I am interested in human movement control. I integrate the viewpoints from robotics and control theory with neuroscience to provide a unique perspective on the biological computations that underlie the control of movements.

Dr. Amy Shelton

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Education
Center for Talented Youth, School of Education

I am interested in spatial skills, individual differences, and mechanisms of learning, couched in the broad context of understanding the characterization and needs of the individual learner.

Dr. Erica Sibinga

Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
School of Medicine

I am interested in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for pediatric patients. My current research focuses on the adaptation and evaluation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for urban youth.

Dr. Paul Smolensky

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Cognitive Science
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

My research attempts to identify the proper roles within a unified theory of cognition for symbolic computation, numerical neural computation, and statistical computation.

Dr. Hongjun Song

Director, Stem Cell Program at the Institute for Cell Engineering; Professor, Department of Neurology
School of Medicine

I am interested in understanding novel mechanisms regulating structural and functional plasticity in the mature mammalian central nervous system.

Dr. Kimberley Eden Steele

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
School of Medicine

I am interested in the neurochemical and metabolic effects of bariatric surgery and operative techniques in laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Veit Stuphorn

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

I am interested in the neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie decision-making and self-control, two essential functions of higher executive processes.

Dr. Kellie Tamashiro

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
School of Medicine

I am interested in how environmental manipulations during development, specifically the intrauterine and early postnatal environments, influence offspring.

Dr. Mengnan Tian

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience
School of Medicine

The goal of my research is to understand molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain function, and utilize this knowledge to improve human life.

Dr. Linda Tsantis

Associate Professor
School of Education

My research focuses on use of evidence-based consultative and reflecting coaching to support instructional skills and to increase performance mastery, to create technology-enhanced learning activities/solutions to maximize and equalize the learning process, to promote shared expertise through collaborative learning communities.