Lab Director

Allison Schaser, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Miami University in Ohio and a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She earned her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Neurology department at Oregon Health & Science University in 2020, focused on understanding the pathophysiology of age-related synucleinopathies like Parkinson disease (PD) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB).  

Allison was president of the Portland based non-profit Women in Science Portland while she completed her postdoctoral fellowship and is passionate about continuing her work building supportive networks to promote retention and career development opportunities for women in the sciences.

Lab Personnel

Blas Hernandez is the laboratory manager for the Schaser Research Group and a graduate from the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. Being part of the Schaser Research Group allows Blas to expand his understanding of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and develop skills to explore the research field.
Blas advises several clubs and a fraternity on campus, focusing on fostering the future leaders of the world. His free time is usually spent volunteering at animal shelters, working out, and attending concerts for his favorite artists
Anumitha Venkatraman is a PhD candidate in SLHS with a specific focus in laryngeal physiology. She graduated with an MS-SLP in 2017 from Purdue and completed her CF at the University of Cincinnati’s Voice and Swallow Clinic. Her hobbies include reading, crafting and exercising.
Brooke Rodgers is a first year PhD student in the SLHS department and is interested in the motor function and acoustics of vocalization. They recently graduated with a BA in Physics and Music from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. As a central Florida native, Brooke is most excited to finally escape Disney World.
Pranali Suresh is currently completing her Bachelors degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and is interested in further pursuing audiology. She has a keen interest in research and being a part of the Schaser Lab allows her to grow and gain valuable knowledge and experience. Pranali is from Dubai so it took her some time to get used to the Indiana winters!
Riley Samuelson is a second year undergraduate student from Indianapolis, IN. She is studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology and is a member of NSSLHA. Riley is interested in pursuing a career in speech pathology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, staying active, and spending time with friends and family.

Lab Alumni

Halle Shoults graduated from Purdue University in the Spring of 2021. She majored in Speech Language Hearing Sciences with a double minor in Critical Disabilities and Human Development Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at Purdue University. She was a member of the Schaser Research Group from Fall 2020 through Spring 2021.

Want to Join the Team? 

If you are a graduate student or a prospective doctoral student and you have an interest in joining our team, please send an email and your CV directly to Dr. Schaser at

If you are an undergraduate student and are interested in learning more about research and how to participate in our lab, please complete this application (google doc). If we have a vacancy in the lab and you qualify, we will contact you! Thank you for your interest.