Curriculum Vitae:                                                                                         Updated: June 6, 2012


Erika J. C. Laing, M.S.



Contact Information

Erika June Christina Laing          (former last name: Taylor)

  Website: www.erikalaing.com

  E-mail: laingej@upmc.edu, erika@erikalaing.com



Education

  2012-present

     University of Pittsburgh                         

     Ph.D. Student, Cognitive Neuroscience

     Advisor: Dr. Charles Perfetti; Dr. Avniel Ghuman


  2007-2010

     Carnegie Mellon University                         

     Master’s Student, Cognitive Neuroscience

     Advisor: Dr. Lori Holt


  2007-2010; 2012-present

    Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


  1997-2001

     Carnegie Mellon University                            

     B.S. Cognitive Science

     Senior Thesis Title: Investigating the Influence of Speaker Identity on Speech Identification

     Advisor: Dr. Lori Holt


 

Employment

2010-present

    Clinical Associate (Presurgical Mapping)

    Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Unit, Dr. Ajay Niranjan

    Brain Mapping Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)


  2005-2007

    ERP and Behavioral Lab Manager, Research Associate

    Reading and Language Lab, Dr. Charles Perfetti

    Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh


  2002-2004

    Research Associate

    Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, Dr. Marcel Just

    Carnegie Mellon University



Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

  2012

    UPMC BMC Seed Funds (MEG)

      "Explorations of Magnetoencephalorgraphic Brain Mapping"

      02/12-02/13, $10,000 for MEG time


  2011

    UPMC BMC Seed Funds (MEG)

      "Exploring Physiological Detection of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) by Integrating

      Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) Measure of Frequency and Functional Connectivity with Diffusion

      Tensor Imaging (DTI)"

      05/11-05/12, $10,000 for MEG time


    UPMC MRRC Seed Funds (MRI)

      "Exploring Physiological Detection of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) by Integrating

      Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) Measure of Frequency and Functional Connectivity with Diffusion

      Tensor Imaging (DTI)"

      05/11-05/12, $10,000 for MRI time


  2008

    Young Investigators Award, International Conference on Biomagnetism

      "A MEG study of the neural basis of context-dependent speech categorization."


  2007

    National Institute of Health: Multi-Modal Neuroimaging Training Program Fellowship (MNTP)

      “The Neural Basis of Speech Perception”

        9/07-8/08


    Virgina W. Toomey Grant in Auditory Science, Small Pilot Grant

      "The Neural Basis of Speech Perception"

      12/07-12/08



Publications

  2012

    Niranjan, A., Laing, E. J. C., Laghari, F., Richardson, R. M., & Lunsford, L. D. Preoperative   

      Magnetoencephalopgraphic Sensory Cortex Mapping. Manuscript submitted for publication.   


    Laing, E. J., Liu, R., Lotto, A. J., & Holt, L. L. (in press).  Tuned with a tune: Talker normalization via general   

      auditory processes. Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience.   



Research Presentations

  2011

    Laing, E. J. C., Niranjan, A., & Haridis, A. (2011).  Pre-surgical Mapping: One Year Initial

        Experiences. Poster session presented at the International Society for the Advancement of

        Clinical MEG (ISACM) 2011 conference, Las Vegax, NV, USA.

 

    Laing, E. J. C., Niranjan, A., & Haridis, A. (2011).  Pre-surgical Mapping: Initial Experiences.

        Poster session presented at the American Clinical MEG Society (ACMEGS) 2011

        Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA.

 

  2009

    Laing, E. J. C., Holt, L. L., & Bagic, A. (2009).  Investigation of the neural bases of context-dependent

        speech categorization. Poster session presented at the 158th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of

        America, San Antonio, TX, USA.

 

  2008

    Liu, Y., Taylor, E.J.C.L., Bagic, A., & Perfetti, C.A.  (2008). Similarities and differences between Chinese and 

       English word processing unveiled by MEG. Poster session presented at the biannual international conference  

       on Biomagnetism, Sapporo, Japan.


    Taylor, E.J.C.L., Holt, L.L., & Bagic, A.  (2008).  A MEG study of the neural basis of context-dependent speech

       categorization. Poster session presented at the biannual international conference on Biomagnetism, Sapporo,

       Japan.



Professional Experience

2012 Summer Workshop

     Multi-Modal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP)                     

     Teaching Assistant, MEG section

     Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


2011 Summer Workshop

     Multi-Modal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP)                     

     Teaching Assistant, MEG section

     Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


2010 Summer Workshop

     Multi-Modal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP)                     

     Teaching Assistant, MEG section

     Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


2009 Spring

     Research Methods in Developmental Psychology (85-320)

     Teaching Assistant

     Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University 


2008 Fall

     Principles of Child Development (85-221)

     Teaching Assistant

     Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University


  2008 Summer Workshop

     Multi-Modal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP)                     

     Teaching Assistant, MEG section

     Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


  2007 Fall

     Neuroimaging  (BIOE 2600)

     Guest Lecturer and MEG section Teaching Assistant

     Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


  2007 Summer Workshop

     Multi-Modal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP)                     

     Teaching Assistant, MEG section

     Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


  2007 May

     E-Prime Training                                                                                        

     Guest Lecturer

     Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Western Psych                                             

     MEG:  Generating Trigger Signals for the Elekta Neuromag Acquisition System


  2004 Spring, & 2002 Fall

     Cognitive Brain Imaging                                                                     

     Teaching Assistant

     Carnegie Mellon University                        


                                      

Other Courses, Workshops, & Groups

  2007 May - Present

     Pittsburgh MEG Special Interest Group (MEG SIG), monthly meeting

     Co-organizer


  2007 May - Present 

     www.MEGwiki.org

     Administrator


   2007 March

     MEG Advanced Training Course

     Elekta Neuroscan, Helsinki, FI