D. Yvette Wohn, Associate Professor in Information Systems (


Dr. Wohn‘s research area is in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication. She studies the role of algorithms and social interactions in livestreaming, esports, and social media and how they influence wellbeing. She is also interested in social financial interactions that occur new digital economies such as online games or digital patronage platforms that involve virtual items and digital currencies.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Christine L. Cook

Chrissy Cook is a Canadian postdoctoral researcher working in NJIT’s Social Interactions lab for 2020. Her background is in Psychology and Communication science, and her doctoral research deals with trolling – the instrumental use of game, website, or chat mechanics at another person’s expense – in the online gaming context, primarily. While working at NJIT, she hopes to use her specialized knowledge of trolling behaviour and motivation to assist on projects aiming to make the internet a more civil and healthier place to be. If you see her, say hi and drop in for a spot of tea!

Graduate Students

Jie Cai


I am a Ph.D. student in Information System.
I have a masters degree in marketing research and one-year working experience in e-commerce. My research interests are related to social media, e-commerce,and online shopping. Currently, I am working on a project about livestreaming shopping.

Mashael Almoqbel

Mashael Almoqbel is an Information Systems Ph.D. candidate. She did her Master’s degree in Information systems at NJIT. She has one-year working experience as a teaching assistant. Mashael is interested in social media, public safety, and social good in general through the use of computing.  

Jasneek Singh Chugh

I am a graduate student in Data Science. I have received my bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from India and I have 1 year of experience in Data Analytics. I really enjoy working on the data. This is my first semester with Social Interactions Lab at NJIT. I am eager to learn about social human interaction in Healthcare settings.

Vibhu Sharma

Vibhu is pursuing Masters in Computer Science at NJIT and is working part time as a Software Engineer Intern. She has a keen interest in technologies and is willing to capture every detail utilized with the space of innovation. Looking forward to work as a Research Analyst. In her spare time she likes to play soccer and loves hiking.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ross Bonifacio

Ross is a sophomore year undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction major at NJIT. He is researching digital patronage platforms such as Patreon. He is interested in how technology empowers independent creators and how it can be improved to enable them to continue doing the work they are passionate about.

Alan Cortes

Alan Cortes is a senior from Rutgers Newark majoring in Information Systems with a minor in Psychology. He is interested in the psychological aspect of how computers can affect people. Alan transferred from NJCU where he was first pursuing a biology degree and was treasurer of the gaming club. Outside of school, he enjoys thrifting, tennis, gaming, and creating videos. He is interested in pursuing a Masters degree sometime in the future and hopes to gain new experiences and learn a lot in the Social Interaction Lab.

Reesha Ghandhi

Reesha Gandhi is currently a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction with a dual degree in Business Information Systems. This is her first year working in the lab. Currently, she is researching the relationship between Twitch users and the mental health community. She is eager to learn more about doing research in the HCI field in a professional setting. She hopes to gain new skills and experiences in this lab to one day better the lives of those around her. 

Cameron Guanlao

Cameron Guanlao is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis and a minor in Computer Science. This is his second semester conducting research with the Social Interaction Lab, where he is working on a content analysis of rules in Twitch communities and hate speech. He looks forward to improving and gaining skills in data analysis and AI algorithms while also finding ways to connect and apply them to human-centered problems.

Meciel Guisihan

I am a sophomore majoring in Business and Information Systems.  It is my first semester working in the Social Interaction Lab. My interests are watching Youtube videos about random topics like food, finance, technology, or even random memes and travelling to new places.  I have been to a few countries in Europe, Asia, and I have visited half of the states here in the United States.  Despite this semester’s work being all online, I am very excited to conduct research and meet new people along the way.   

Yashwee Kothari

Yashwee is a sophomore studying Computer Science with a minor in applied mathematics in the Honors College. Yashwee is researching concussions and brain injuries and currently working on building a prototype of her application.

Nina LaMastra

Nina is an undergraduate Business and Information Systems major with a Human-Computer Interaction minor at NJIT. With her secretarial positions in NJIT Esports and Spectrum, she is passionate about engaging with many different communities within NJIT while ensuring that they thrive and stay organized. This is her first semester conducting research at the Social Interaction Lab at NJIT, and she’s excited to learn more about human-computer interaction in practical contexts.

Aashka Patel

Aashka Patel is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology with minors in Data Analytics and Business. This is her fifth-semester conducting research in the Social Interaction Lab.
In her previous semesters, she worked on a content moderation project, conducted usability testing for a stroke rehabilitation application, and investigated users’ perceptions of content moderation responsibility. This semester she is working on a project to further learn about social media users’ beliefs on cancel culture. She is looking forward to continuing to develop her skills in the lab while collaborating with her peers and professionals.

Daniel Ramirez

Daniel is a Junior undergraduate majoring in Web & Information Systems, with some recent interest in Data Science. This is his first semester conducting research with the Social Interaction Lab. Through research and study, he looks forward to learning new skills, gaining experience, and assisting the team as much as he can. He hopes to make the most out of this new opportunity.

Sarah Ryu

Sarah Ryu is currently a junior undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction and minoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This is her third year with the Social Interaction Lab at NJIT. At the lab, she is currently studying the effects of social/collaborative technology during the pandemic. She is also studying user experience design and its applications in therapy and child development. Through research, she hopes to learn more about the relationships between humans and technology to one day improve those interactions for the greater good.

Jira Uttarapong


Jira is an undergraduate Computer Science student at NJIT, concentrating in Video Game Development.  Her love for video games is her main drive for everything she does. Outside of school and work, she streams on Twitch and competitively plays Super Smash Bros, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7, and is very involved with the tri-state communities for these games. Having this background, she is also the Vice President of NJIT’s Gaming Coalition (NGC). Over the summer, she interned for Celgene as their Digital Innovations Analyst within their Business Operations department, and has been extended to work part-time over the fall semester. While at Celgene, Jira also assisted in research involving CAR-T and Abraxane. Jira is always eager to learn new things and is very excited to experience her first semester doing research in the Social Interaction Lab.

Jordan Van Zyl

I am in my last year as an undergraduate majoring in Business and Information Systems. This is my first semester participating in lab research and looking forward to learning about research techniques and the opportunity to contribute in any way I can.

Karen Wu

Karen Wu is a second-year Business and Information Systems major with a potential minor in HCI or IT at NJIT. She holds a strong appreciation for the advancements of technology (or more specifically, computers); she is passionate about how computers continue to influence the sphere of visual arts. She loves digital design (and the visual arts, in general) and is interested in how this field manifests itself in video games. Karen loves to play the first-person shooter Valorant. She also likes to design her own media and pieces (mostly with charcoal, pencil, and/or acrylic paint) to express her perspectives on the world and her life. She works with this lab to further explore how computers influence art forms.

Lab Alumni (participated two or more semesters & graduated)

Masaho Shimobayashi (2020 spring), Anmol Jaswal (2020 spring), John Scott Siri (2020 spring), Peter Eskander (2020 spring), Peter Jough (2019 fall), Ankit Mittal (2019 spring), Juan Rios (2018 fall), Temilade Afolabi, Basma Abukwaik (2018 spring), Victor Chue, Anchita Komalchan Likhar, Indraneel Kulkarni (2017), Atisha Poojari (2016), Leiping Gong (2016), Calvin Allemand (2016), Emma Washington-Freeman (2016), Han Wang (2015), Rohit Kadam (2015).

Past Students 

Turki Alelyani, Nidhish Dave, Erick Sanchez, Yu Cao, Mary Schneider, Rempee Kalia, Cassio Maciel Leal, Roseli Andrion, Felipe Schiquetti, Mousa Ahmadi, Sona Patel, Kira Hoffman, Adam Spryzinski, Dhanush Sureshbabu, Yanira Morales, Lindsay Armour, James Bonilla, Kimberly Prince, Priya Rajbabu, Jack Campbell, Royer Zamudio, Angelica Braxton, Pradnya Desai, Tejas Patel, Christopher Simeone, Naitam Ghandi, Soojin Ahn, Mervyn Mathew, Jessy Martinez, Alyssa Maravilla

Faculty/ Industry Collaborators

Louise Barkhuus, IT University of Copenhagen
Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University Social Media Lab
Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington University
Caleb T. Carr, Illinois State University
Meeyoung Cha, KAIST
Eun-kyoung Choe, University of Maryland
Nicole Ellison, University of Michigan
Gerry Fluet, Rutgers University
Guo Freeman, Clemson University
Tesh Goyal, Jigsaw / Google
Rebecca Hayes, Illinois State University
Libby Hemphill, University of Michigan
Hye-jin Kum-Biocca, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan
Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research
Yu-Hao Lee, University of Florida
SJ Min, Pace University
Wei Peng, Michigan State University
Katie Quehl, Yahoo
Rabindra (Robby) Ratan, Michigan State University
Tina Yuan, National Taiwan Normal University

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Summer 2016: NJIT students and students from Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program
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