Our Team

Dr. Melda Kunduk joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University- Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (LSU-COMD) in Baton Rouge in 2006. She is an adjunct faculty at the LSU Health Sciences Center/Department of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery and The Our Lady of The Lake Regional Medical Center –Voice Center. She is the Director of the Laryngeal Imaging Research Laboratory, which is located within the Department.

Her research focus is to further the assessment and treatment techniques of voice and swallowing disorders in clinical practice. In the area of voice, she investigates the vocal fold vibratory function using High-Speed Digital Videoendoscopy (HSV) in normal and disordered voices. The HSV allows objective quantification of current endoscopic voice parameters and has the potential to introduce new ones to advance the study of vocal function. In the area of dysphagia, she investigates the effects of behavioral treatment on swallowing function following head and neck cancer treatment modalities. She also interested in developing clinician and/or patient friendly analyses and therapeutic tools in order to aid the assessments and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. She and her colleagues at LSU developed the “Voice Volume Monitor Device” to aid the behavioral  voice therapy techniques in and outside the clinic. The purpose of the Voice Volume Monitor is to enable patients to regulate their vocal intensity in an unobtrusive manner. To achieve her research goals, Dr. Kunduk established a multidisciplinary research team consisting of experts within and outside the discipline of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research team that includes local and international collaborators, who have backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Medicine (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Laryngology) [curriculum vitae}.

 

 

Jing Chen  is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University.  Her research interest is image processing and pattern recognition.  Currently, Jing is working on image segmentation and feature extraction of vocal fold videos captured by High Speed Videoendoscopy.  The extracted features could be used to provided objective analysis of vocal fold vibration.

 

 

Allison Gish, MA, CF-SLP is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Louisiana State University and speech-language pathologist and clinical research fellow at Our Lady of the Lake Voice Center.  Her research interests are the in the area of voice disorders, with special interest in the professional singing voice.  Allison received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance (2007) and Master of Arts in speech-language pathology (2010) from Louisiana State University.  Allison continues to sing professionally in the Baton Rouge area as a cantor at Christ the King Catholic Church and professional chorister at First United Methodist Church. [curriculum vitae]

 

Takeshi Ikuma, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge.  [curriculum vitae]

 

Aneesha Virani, ABD, CCC-SLP is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the Louisiana State University hailing from Bombay, India. Her research interests lie in the areas of swallowing and voice disorders. Her dissertation focuses on investigating the impact of prophylactic behavioral swallowing exercises on swallowing physiology, function, quality-of-life and weight outcomes in patients undergoing chemoradiation therapies for head and neck cancers. This research is being conducted through her affiliation with the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge. She is also affiliated with the Our Lady of the Lake Voice Center in Baton Rouge, where she conducts clinical research and provides clinical services, primarily to patients with voice and swallowing disorders. Aneesha is looking forward to completing her doctoral studies and graduating with a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders by the spring semester of 2012. With great enthusiasm, she is committed to developing a career in the clinical research of swallowing and voice disorders, particularly in the head and neck cancer patient population.  [curriculum vitae]

 

Collaborators

 

 

Bahadir K. Gunturk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Louisiana State University
http://www.ee.lsu.edu/gunturk/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcio de Queiroz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Louisiana State University
http://me.lsu.edu/~dequeiroz/index.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Doellinger, Ph.D. 
Professor
Department of Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology
University Hospital Erlangen
[curriculum vitae]

 


 

 

Joerg Lohscheller
Professor for Medical Informatics
Department of Computer Sciences
University of Applied Sciences Trier, Germany
[curriculum vitae]

 

 

 

 

 

Zhenyi Wei, M.S.
Ph.D. Student
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Louisiana State University
[curriculum vitae]