People


Principal Investigator


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Randy Buckner, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Randy is Professor of Psychology and 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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Rodrigo Braga, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow

Rodrigo is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow investigating how differences in the local-scale interactions of functional networks within heteromodal cortex can predict cognitive performance and psychiatric conditions. Rodrigo is working with Randy Buckner and Hesheng Liu at Harvard University, and Adam Hampshire at Imperial College London.

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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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Jared Nielsen, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow

Jared researches the neural correlates of anxiety across psychiatric disorders. He also researches how functional specialization of the cerebral cortex is affected in individuals with a genetic predisposition to autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and language impairments.

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Daisy Wang, MD
Post-doctoral Fellow

Daisy’s research focuses on individual differences in brain function. She has been studying broad properties of functional specialization of the human cerebral cortex and cerebellum. She also studies functional network structure at the level of the individual person and aims to characterize brain network organization that differs in individuals with psychiatric illness.

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Graduate Students


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James Bursley
Graduate Student

James is a Ph.D. student in the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior program of the Psychology Department. His work aims to elucidate and explain the asymmetric organization of the human brain. Specifically, he is investigating the relationship between hemispheric asymmetries in structure and function, as well as their genetic underpinnings and behavioral consequences.

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Garth Coombs
Graduate Student

Garth is a Ph.D. student in the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior program of the Psychology Department. He uses a deep individual phenotyping approach to understand how real-world fluctuations in mood, stress, and sleep interact and affect brain function, in particular targeting major life transitions such as freshmen year at college.

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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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Undergraduate Students


Meghan Hind

Meghan Hind
Undergraduate Student

Meghan will enter her final semester as an undergraduate at Harvard College in the fall as a degree candidate for a BA in Neurobiology within the Mind Brain Behavior program. Her research explores fluctuations in behavior, cognition, and mood as well as their impacts on and interactions with brain state and network correlates over time in real-world, naturalistic settings. In order to do so, her most recent work involves combinatory approaches to methodology encompassing participant self-report, behavioral and physiological continuous data collection, and BOLD fMRI. After graduation, she plans to pursue further research opportunities in the field.

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Staff


Lily Jeong

Jisoo (Lily) Jeong
Data Analyst

Lily is a Data Analyst in the Buckner Lab and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 with a BS in Business Administration, and a minor in Information Systems. Currently, Lily is working with the Neuroinformatics Research Group at Harvard to streamline cross-platform data delivery and analysis. She plans to pursue a PhD in Computational Science and Engineering.

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Marisa Marotta

Marisa Marotta
Research Assistant

Marisa Marotta is a Research Assistant in the Buckner Lab. She graduated from Boston College in 2015 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Her undergraduate research focused on the neurobiology of feeding behavior with rats. Currently as a research assistant, Marisa is working on the deep phenotyping projects involving the in-depth study of real-world behaviors and change of brain states over time in healthy individuals and college students. Additionally, she is advancing a 12-month longitudinal imaging study on circuit dynamics underlying longitudinal fluctuations in mood and cognition in schizophrenia and bipolar patients from McLean Hospital. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in the field.

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Erin Lee Phlegar

Erin Lee Phlegar
Research Assistant

Erin Phlegar is a Research Assistant in the Buckner Lab. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2016 with a BA in Neuroscience. Erin is working on the deep dynamic phenotyping projects. Previously, she worked in Dr. Mark George’s Brain Stimulation Laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina and on Dr. Anna Penn’s research team at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., analyzing the impact of placental hormones on neonatal neurological development. Her undergraduate research involved the developmental analyses of Octopus bimaculoides hatchling behavior and growth. She plans to pursue a medical career following her work in the Buckner Lab.

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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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Trey Hedden
Asst Professor of Radiology

Trey Hedden is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. His research interests focus on the flexibility, organization and neural representation of executive control processes, including plasticity related to developmental, cultural, and strategic influences. His research also looks at development of executive control across the life span, emphasizing adult age differences, individual differences in executive control and their relation to complex cognition, including memory, reasoning, and decision making.

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Avram Holmes, PhD
Asst Professor of Psychology

Avram Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University . Avram’s research program explores the biological pathways that give rise to individual variability in emotional reactivity, with a particular focus on the intersection of emotion and cognition. A core motivation that drives his laboratories’ work is the search for specific neurogenetic signatures associated with individual variations in emotional experience and risk for psychiatric illness onset.

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Hesheng Liu, PhD
Asst Professor of Radiology

Hesheng Liu is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Laboratory For the Study of the Brain Basis of Individual Differences at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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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Jorge Sepulcre, MD PhD
Asst Professor of Radiology

Jorge Sepulcre is a faculty member at the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on brain imaging studies aiming at the understanding of large-scale brain networks implicated in human cognition and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. He uses functional connectivity MRI and network theory techniques to untangle network properties of the human brain.

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