Elizabeth Beam graduated from Duke University in 2013 with a BS in Neuroscience, a BA in English, and a minor in Chemistry. Her undergraduate research mapped the network structure of neuroanatomical and psychological terms in the literature of cognitive neuroscience. As a Research Assistant in the Buckner lab, she examined large-scale network connectivity in young adults vulnerable to mental illness.
Rodrigo was a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow investigating the functional organization of distributed association networks at the level of individuals. His background is in biology and bioimaging, and he holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Imperial College London. Rodrigo’s research focused on determining the mechanisms that link the activity of distributed networks with cognitive function and dysfunction.
Rosa was a Research Administrator for the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Division at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Rosa provided administrative and research related support to the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Division. She completed and submitted appropriate documents to the Institutional Review Board as required for the division’s research studies. Rosa also scheduled special events and meetings, and provided assistance to guest speakers.
Laura was a Research Coordinator in the Buckner Lab and managed research exploring deep phenotyping in individual participants involving in-depth study of real-world behaviors and change of brain states over time in healthy individuals. She also coordinated a 12-month longitudinal imaging study on circuit dynamics underlying longitudinal fluctuations in mood and cognition in schizophrenia and bipolar patients.
Aya was a Research Assistant. She received her BA in psychology from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon before completing her MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at the University College London, UK. Aya worked on the neuroimaging component of a project aimed at exploring the links between behavior, genetics and brain structure, and as part of the Human Connectome Project.
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.
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.
Marisa was a research manager in the Buckner lab and coordinates the Brain Genomics Superstruct Project (GSP), a large-scale study focused on understanding typical brain variation and differences associated with illness risk. She also led a project focused on autism and developed a novel paradigm which probes social brain function in patient populations. Marisa was interested in utilizing neuroimaging approaches to study neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric illness with the aim to make advancements in identifying brain biomarkers of disease.
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.
Matt was a Sir Frederick Banting Postdoctoral Fellow. He received his undergraduate and doctoral training at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Matt’s previous work focused on evolutionarily preserved and divergent large-scale brain circuits. He explored the dynamic and coordinated integration of information flow in normal and disease states.
Lily was a Data Analyst in the Buckner Lab and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 with a BSc, and is pursuing a M.S. in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. Lily worked with the Neuroinformatics Research Group at Harvard to streamline cross-platform data delivery and analysis to study how to turn the collected data from mobile and medical devices into biomedical and clinical insights. Beginning June 2019, Lily will be working with Dr. Amit Etkin at Stanford University and Palo Alto Veterans Institute of Research to study the neural basis of emotional disorders and their treatment. She plans to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience.
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.
Jared researched the neural correlates of anxiety across psychiatric disorders. He also researched how functional specialization of the cerebral cortex is affected in individuals with a genetic predisposition to autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and language impairments.
Erin Phlegar was a Research Assistant in the Buckner Lab. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2016 with a BA in Neuroscience. Erin was 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.
Abid was in a post-residency fellowship in Cognitive Neurology at BWH. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and completed his Neurology residency at Johns Hopkins University. Abid’s research interests were in the dysfunction of large-scale networks in disease states. He looked at structural morphometry in 16p11.2 CNV carriers (autism), and at resting-state fMRI in this cohort.
Daniel received his PhD in Neuroscience from Tel-Aviv University where he examined the relationship between volition and perception. Now he is interested in investigating how healthy and pathological subjects acquire a model of the environment and internalize its statistical properties.
Anna’s main research interest was in understanding the role of dopamine in human cognition and disease. She used both PET and fMRI to explore whether changes in the integrity of the dopamine system across the adult lifespan contribute to age-related declines in cognitive functions. Her research project investigated whether dopamine-related changes in cognition and functional connectivity in older adults are dissociable from other age-related cascades, such as those associated with amyloid accumulation and white matter changes. She also developed an interest in pharmacological MRI as a tool for studying the effects of pharmacological manipulations of the dopamine system on brain and behavior.
Jorge Sepulcre was a faculty member at the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research focused 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 used functional connectivity MRI and network theory techniques to untangle network properties of the human brain.
Emily Shaw was a Research Assistant in both the Buckner Lab and Sperling Lab. She graduated from Rhodes College in 2013 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Religious Studies. As a neuroimaging R.A. , she performed scans for the Human Connectome Project and the Harvard Aging Brain study. She also worked on a project correlating executive function task-based MRI and biomarkers of aging.
Koene Van Dijk was an instructor in Radiology at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. He was interested in normal and pathological human brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, large scale neuronal networks, white matter hyperintensities, and in-vivo amyloid imaging using Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), resting-state fMRI, task-based fMRI, functional connectivity MRI, diffusion imaging, positron emission tomography (PET), longitudinal study design (i.e. multiple measures over time), linear mixed models for handling more than two measures over time and missing data.
Daisy’s research focused on individual differences in brain function. She had been studying broad properties of functional specialization of the human cerebral cortex and cerebellum. She also studied functional network structure at the level of the individual person and aimed to characterize brain network organization that differs in individuals with psychiatric illness.
Arpi was a Research Assistant in the Buckner Lab. She graduated from Barnard College in 2016 with a BA in Biology, and in 2017 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education, focusing on adolescent development and stress in educational settings. During her college summers, she worked in Dr. Nancy Kanwisher’s lab at MIT, studying structure-function relationships in the human visual system. She is currently working on deep phenotyping of behavior in relation to individualized estimates of brain organization. Arpi plans to pursue doctoral level studies in the future.