Our People


Yana Yunusova, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Dr. Yana Yunusova

Photo Credit: Jason Hang

Dr. Yana Yunusova is a Professor at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Yunusova is also the Director of the Speech Production Lab at UofT, the Bulbar Function Lab at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Vocal Tract Visualization Lab at The KITE Research Institute at University Health Network. Click here to to learn more about Dr. Yunusova’s research.

E-mail: yana.yunusovaATutoronto.ca

Research coordinator

Madhura Kulkarni, M.D., M.P.H

Dr. Madhura Kulkarni

Dr. Madhura Kulkarni is the lab manager for the Speech Production Lab at the University of Toronto as well as a research coordinator for ongoing projects at the Bulbar Function Lab at SRI and the VTV lab at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She completed her Masters degree in Public health from the University of Saskatchewan (2013) and her Honors Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Ryazan State I.P. Pavlov Medical University (2009) in Russia. She is interested in research related to biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and neurodegenerative diseases.

Email: madhura.kulkarniATsunnybrook.ca

Current Students

Deniz Jafari, Ph.D Student

Deniz Jafari is pursuing a PhD in Speech-Language Pathology at Rehabilitation Sciences Institute with a specialization in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. She completed her Masters in Clinical Engineering (2019) and Bachelors in Engineering Science – Aerospace option (2016) from the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on developing novel assessment methods using facial tracking technology and acoustic measurement for neurological diseases.

Email: deniz.jafariATmail.utoronto.ca

Reeman Marzouqah, Ph.D Student

Reeman Marzouqah is pursuing a PhD in Speech-Language Pathology at Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. She completed her Master of Science degree in clinical Speech-Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Jordan. Her research investigates the use of exercises to strengthen oro-pharyngeal muscles to treat obstructive sleep apnea post-stroke.

Email: reeman.marzouqahATmail.utoronto.ca

Research Assistants

Mihaela Stefan, MA
Mihaela Stefan is responsible for data quality assurance, post-processing and measurement of imaging data for patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Niyousha Taati, BSc (Year 4)
Niyousha is responsible for scheduling patients with Parkinsons disease to participate in our research project. Her responsibilities also include assisting in data collection, administering the UPDRS and UDysRS scales, ensuring databases are up to date and checking quality of acoustic data.

Scotia McKinlay, MHSc (Year 2)
Scotia is responsible for maintaining a multi-site acoustic database, checking data quality, post-processing and measurment of acoustic data.

Zuzana Fless, MHSc, CCC-SLP
Zuzana is a highly experienced SLP and she is responsible for assessing video data of patients with neurodegenerative data and assigning clinical scores based on an clinical features and Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment.

Former graduate students

Sanjana Shellikeri, PhD (2019)

Nicholas Wasylyk, MSc (2018)

Elaine Kearney, PhD (2017)

Andrea Gauster, MSc (2009), M.D.

Krista Rudy, MSc (2011)

Former undergraduate students and research assistants

Armen Bakirtzian Ashkon Pourheidary
Cara Allison Kehoe Derrick Lim
Cindy Cui Haley Park
Jamal Ansari Jaime Cazes
Johnson Dinh Julie Chan
Kent Phuong Lauren Greenwood
Mariam Mekhail Matthew Myers
Michelle Falikowski Peter Zhou
Renuka Giles Shinthuja Wijayasri
Vasily Giannakeas Vincci Tau
Vishwathsen Karthikeyan Wenyi Yin