People

Daniel Swingley, Ph.D.
Dr. Swingley is the director of the Infant Language Center. He is a professor in the Psychology Department at Penn. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and came to Penn in 2003 after several years doing child language research in the Netherlands.
Caroline Beech
Caroline received a B.A. in Cognitive Science, Mathematics, and French and Francophone Studies from Vassar College in 2020. Now a grad student at Penn, she plans to study language acquisition using experiments and computational models. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, and playing French horn.
Angelica Buerkin-Salgado
Angelica received a B.A. in cognitive science from Johns Hopkins in 2011. She spent 2 years working on early language production and processing at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception in Paris. She is now a grad student at Penn an plans to continue exploring how babies approach the challenge of language acquisition. Known to write the occasional restaurant review or short story, she devotes some time to hiking, yoga, and balcony gardening.
Anna Runova
Anna joined the Infant Language Center as lab manager in 2019 after receiving a B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology from Georgetown University in 2018. Her interests are language development in children and second language acquistion in older learners. Outside of the lab, Anna enjoys walks with her dog, reading, and crocheting.
Nikhil Avadhani
Nikhil is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Neuroscience and Linguistics. He was born and raised in New Jersey. After graduation, Nikhil hopes to attend medical school. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring Philadelphia.
Haroni Amare
Haroni is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, majoring in Computer Science. She was born and raised in Maryland. Her involvements at Penn include computer science tutoring and the National Society of Black Engineers. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and exploring different parts of Philly.
Mahi Patel
Mahi is a sophomore studying Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences. At Penn, she enjoys her role in tutoring programs in the West Philadelphia community including the Educational 5:05 Pipeline Program and MAS. She is involved in the Transfer Student Organization as VP of Marketing, and loves to cook, explore Philly, and paint in her free time.
Zephaniah Sainta
Zephaniah is a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Psychology. She was born and raised in Philadelphia. Her interests include psychology, linguistics, and French, amongst other things. In her free time, she enjoys writing, discovering new music, and catching up with friends and family.

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