People


Principal Investigator


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Randy Buckner, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Randy is the Sosland Family Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience at Harvard University affiliated with the Center for Brain Science and Director of the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Division at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also on the faculty of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Trained in cognitive psychology and systems neuroscience, Randy’s work has centered on understanding how the brain supports high-level cognition and why dysfunction arises in illness.

 

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Post-doctoral Fellows


 
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Kevin Anderson, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow

Kevin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Buckner Lab. He is interested in how individual differences in brain organization and function emerge from genetic variation, with a focus on understanding changes across the lifespan. Kevin completed his doctoral studies at Yale University with Avram Holmes, where he used cross-disciplinary neuroscientific techniques to study the molecular correlates of cortico-striatal brain networks and neuroimaging phenotypes related to major depression and schizophrenia.

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Aya Hamadeh, MD, MSc
Post-doctoral Fellow

Aya is a postdoctoral fellow at the Buckner lab. She received her medical degree at the American University of Beirut after completing her MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at University College London and then working as a research assistant at the Buckner lab. Aiming towards a career in neuroradiology, she is interested in utilizing novel imaging techniques for improved detection and monitoring of neuropsychiatric diseases. 

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Lindsay Hanford, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow

Lindsay is interested in discovering objective biological markers for mental health outcomes, and developing algorithms for individual assessment of disease risk, burden, and outcome. In the Buckner lab, her work aims to elucidate structural markers of treatment response at the individual level. Lindsay received her PhD in Neuroscience from McMaster University, and completed a three-year postdoctoral associate position at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the lab

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Habiballah Rahimi Eichi, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow

Habib is a Postdoctoral Research fellow in the Buckner lab. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from NC State University. With his background in control systems and big data analysis, he is interested in investigating the correlation of the lifestyle and environmental stimuli with the brain activity and connections. He is currently working on computational approaches to explore deep individual phenotyping.

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Graduate Students


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Peter Angeli
Graduate Student

Peter is a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience program of the Division of Medical Sciences. He received his B.S. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, where he worked on novel animal models of Alzheimer’s Disease. He is interested in exploring the neural basis of episodic memory, and how different aspects of memory might alter that neural representation.

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Lauren DiNicola
Graduate Student

Lauren is a Ph.D. student in the Cognition, Brain and Behavior program of the Psychology Department. She received undergraduate training in Psychology at Harvard and subsequently completed a fellowship in Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center. She is interested in understanding human social processes, including neurobiological underpinnings and influences on behavior.

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Jingnan Du

Jingnan Du
Visiting Graduate Student

Jingnan is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence, Fudan University. He is currently a visiting graduate student in the Buckner Lab. Jingnan is interested in discovering neuroimaging biomarkers for brain diseases based on novel computational tools. In the Buckner lab, his work focuses on developing advanced modeling approaches to target individualized functional and structural anatomy.

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Constanza (Cony) M. Vidal Bustamante
Graduate Student

Cony is a Ph.D. student in the Cognition, Brain and Behavior program of the Psychology Department. She grew up in Chile, and moved to the United States to complete her undergraduate studies at Harvard College, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. She subsequently worked in Leah Somerville’s lab as research manager for the Human Connectome Project in Development, a large-scale multimodal brain study aiming to chart age-related changes in neural network properties in children, adolescents, and adults. Cony is interested in the extensive longitudinal assessment of brain circuitry in the individual, as well as in its relationship to fluctuations in real-world behaviors (e.g. sleep, social activity), affective experiences (e.g. mood, stress), and mental and physical health outcomes. 

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Undergraduate Students

Oluwatobi Ariyo
Undergraduate Student

Tobi is an undergraduate student pursuing a joint concentration in Neuroscience and Philosophy, working towards his thesis in the Buckner Lab. He is interested in exploring moral cognition and the neurobiological underpinnings that inform moral decision making. In the Buckner Lab, Tobi is examining how distinct neural networks might inform different moral frameworks. 

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Isabella Shaw
Undergraduate Student

Isabella is an undergraduate student studying Neurobiology on the Mind, Brain, and Behavior track, with a secondary study in Global Health and Health Policy. Her interests include human memory and neurodegenerative diseases. In the Buckner Lab, she is currently researching memory network correlations with the hippocampus in single healthy individuals. 

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Staff


Emily Iannazzi
Research Assistant

Emily is a Research Assistant in the Buckner Lab. She graduated from Boston College in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and a Clinical Concentration. She worked for several years at Dr. Maureen Ritchey’s Memory Modulation Lab where she studied cognitive and affective neuroscience, and in particular investigated the influence of emotion on competitive forgetting mechanisms. Emily hopes to complete a doctoral program in the future.

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Kayla Ntoh
Research Assistant

Kayla is a Research Assistant in the Buckner Laboratory. She graduated in 2020 from Amherst College with a B.A. in Psychology. She has worked in a Neuroscience lab where she studied GABA mutations in zebrafish, and she has done Orthopedic research as well. She was on the Pre-Medical track during her undergraduate career and hopes to matriculate to medical school in the future.

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Affiliated Investigators


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Justin Baker, MD PhD
Instructor of Psychiatry

Justin Baker is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of the Research Concentration Program for the MGH / McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. His research focuses on brain imaging studies in psychotic disorders. Justin received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, before obtaining his MD and PhD degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. Since completing his Residency in Psychiatry with the MGH/McLean program, he has received multiple fellowships to pursue research on the biology of psychotic disorders using high-throughput functional and structural imaging and genetics, under the guidance of Dr. Dost Öngür (McLean Hospital) and Dr. Randy Buckner (Harvard / MGH).

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Mark Eldaief

Mark Eldaief
Asst Professor of Neurology

Mark Eldaief, MD, MMSc is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research involves the use of non-invasive stimulation to modulate intrinsic functional networks. He uses functional neuroimaging (including fMRI and PET) and deep phenotyping to track stimulation-induced changes in brain states and behavior, respectively. He is particularly interested in intrinsic networks involved in emotional processing (e.g. those distributed across prefrontal cortical and subcortical nodes).

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Hesheng Liu, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology

Hesheng Liu is SmartState Chair Professor of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina and Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on developing novel neuroimaging and computational tools to reveal brain functional architecture in individual subjects. A major goal of his work is to improve surgical planning for epilepsy and brain tumor patients. Another goal is to develop imaging phenotypes that will help to identify genetic underpinnings of some psychiatric disorders.

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