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LEADERSHIP
Leadership

P. Ellen Grant, MD

Director of FNNDSC

Staff Clinician

Kaethe Beutler, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Grant is a Kaethe Beutler, MD Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. She is the founding Director of the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC), holds the Boston Children’s Hospital endowed chair in Neonatology and serves as a clinical Neuroradiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Grant founded the FNNDSC in 2009 to develop and optimize tools and analysis streams for better detecting and understanding both normal and abnormal brain physiology and development. The primary end goal is to provide mechanistic information that enables optimization of cognitive, behavioral and neurological outcomes in children with a focus on fetuses, neonates, infants and toddlers. Three modalities being developed in the center are Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). She leads a team of MR physicists and engineers doing pulse sequence development and novel MR imaging analysis. Her team build a novel pediatric specific MEG system that is now FDA approved and provides clinical services for presurgical evaluation of infants and toddlers with epilepsy. She is also a pioneer of frequency domain NIRS (FDNIRS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) which provides bedside measures of cerebral blood flow and oxygen consumption. To support the computational needs of complex data analysis, her team has developed a sophisticated computational infrastructure in collaboration with RedHat to facilitate and support deep-learning approaches on large datasets as well as real time data analysis. The FNNDSC currently has over 60 members with 17 faculty and at least 7 postdoctoral students. Dr. Grant is a Senior Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and sits on the Board of Scientific Counselors for National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She was selected to present the Mansfield Lecture at the ISMRM in 2020 and in 2021 she was recognized by the American Society of Neuroradiology with the Outstanding Contributions in Research Award.

Rudolph Pienaar, PhD

Technical Director of FNNDSC

Staff Scientist

Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School

Dr Pienaar completed a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa and holds a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Cleveland State University/Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he conducted research in Reinforcement Learning applied to musculo-skeletal bio-mechanical control systems. He completed postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he was an Assistant in Medical Imaging and is currently Faculty in Radiology at Boston Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr Pienaar's research interests include brain surface feature analysis, tractography-from an-informatics perspective, cloud computing, image visualization, and system design. At the FNNDSC, he leads the Advanced Computing Group, responsible for the developing new informatics infrastructure solutions to clinical problems. He is the main technical lead on the ChRIS platform that brings research computing solutions closer to clinical front lines.

FACULTY
Faculty

Yoshio Okada, PhD

Director of Research MEG

Associate Scientific Research Staff

Professor of Pediatrics, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School

Yoshio Okada received his PhD from the Rockefeller University in New York City in psychology and neuroscience. Dr. Okada was a founder of the Biomedical Research and Integrative Neuroimaging Center (BRaIN Imaging Center) at the University of New Mexico prior to joining Harvard Medical School. He is a pioneer in the study of the physiological basis of magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG). Dr. Okada has made contributions to the development of novel biomagnetic instruments that have opened new ways to study the electrophysiology of the brain and is an inventor of new instruments that are either completed and in use or in the process of development. These instruments include a pediatric MEG system called “babySQUID”, a second-generation pediatric MEG system called “babyMEG”, and a whole-head cryogenically cooled Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) system that will provide unique novel methods for studying functional networks of the human brain.


More links to: Website <https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/11838> - ResearchGate <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/yoshio_okada>

Banu Ahtam, DPhil

Director of Clinical MEG

Staff Scientist

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Banu Ahtam is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and an Associate Scientific Research Staff at Boston Childrens Hospital (BCH). She is also the Director of the Clinical MEG Lab at the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging & Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) in BCH. Dr. Ahtam received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. She received a Master of Science degree from the Experimental Psychology Department of the University of Oxford. She completed her doctoral studies at the Psychiatry Department in the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar. For her doctoral project, she focused on language processing in autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children, using MEG, behavioral, and neuropsychiatric measures. Since 2011, Dr. Ahtam has been leading and working on important projects that will help us understand the brain structure and function of neurodevelopmental disorders using multimodal noninvasive imaging techniques at FNNDSC in BCH/HMS, where she also completed her post-doctoral fellowship. She is experienced in MEG, EEG, DTI, sMRI, and rs-fMRI, including protocol design, data acquisition, and statistical processing. She is also deeply familiar with pediatric neuroimaging research of neurodevelopmental disorders and has a strong background in neuropsychological measures.


More links to: Website <https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/103436> - ResearchGate <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Banu_Ahtam>

Borjan Gagoski, PhD

Research Associate

Assistant Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School

Borjan Gagoski received his PhD in 2011 from the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Lab at the EECS department at MIT. His early research included the implementation of time-efficient encoding schemes for spectroscopic imaging on Siemens MR platforms. After spending one year as a postdoctoral associate in the same MIT lab, he joined Dr. Grant's lab in January 2012. He is currently an Instructor of Radiology at BCH. His main role in the lab as Chief MRI physicist is to help move numerous MRI projects forward by always making sure that the newest MR technical developments are being applied for research and clinical neonatal and fetal scans.


More links to: Website <https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/105811> - ResearchGate <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Borjan_Gagoski>

Kiho Im, PhD

Associate Scientific Research Staff

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Kiho Im is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a Staff Scientist in the Division of Newborn Medicine, FNNDSC at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Im received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Hanyang University, South Korea in 2009. He has expertise in quantitative neuroimage analysis using structural and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. His research goal is to provide unique and biologically relevant imaging biomarkers that not only help us to better understand normal and abnormal brain development, but also aid in the detection and diagnosis of disease. In particular, his team focuses on quantitative analysis of sulcal pits and patterns; gyral based structural brain connectivity/network analysis; genetic and environmental effects on brain development; and advanced fetal brain MRI processing and analysis using deep learning.

Pei-Yi (Ivy) Lin, PhD

Director of FNNDSC NIRS Program

Staff Scientist

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Pei-Yi (Ivy) Lin is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and faculty in the Division of Newborn Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with expertise in the development and clinical application of near-infrared spectroscopy and diffuse correlation spectroscopy techniques. Her current research focuses on cerebral oxygen metabolism development and its association with neurodevelopmental outcomes in premature infants with intraventricular hemorrhage as well as with infants with neonatal brain infection and post-infectious hydrocephalus in low and middle income countries.


More links to: Website <https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/106031> ResearchGate <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pei_Yi_Lin>

Jason Sutin, PhD

Technical Director of FNNDSC NIRS Program

Research Associate

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Jason Sutin is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and faculty in the Division of Newborn Medicine, Department of Medicine at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. He has a BS in physics and PhD in Pathology with expertise in the development of optical technology in both academic and commercial settings. His research interest is to translate novel imaging techniques and basic investigations of physiology into broadly available medical devices to help caregivers treat and prevent injuries during critical care.


More links to: Website <https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/155988> - ResearchGate <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jason_Sutin>

Yangming Ou, PhD

Research Associate

Assistant Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School

Yangming Ou is an Assistant Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He holds a PhD degree in Medical Image Analysis and an MS degree in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Pennsylvania. His BS degree was in Electrical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Division) from Tsinghua University. His research interest lies in the intersection of big data, machine learning, data science, imaging informatics, and healthcare. His team focuses on improving healthcare by medical image analysis, machine learning and imaging informatics. One pillar is the development of innovative medical image analysis and image machine learning algorithms and software tools. The other pillar in Dr. Ou's team is the clinical applications, with collaborations with experts in neurology, neonatology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiation oncology, nutrition, radiology, informatics, and other fields.

Eleonora Tamilia, PhD

Associate Scientific Research Staff

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Eleonora Tamilia received her PhD and MS in Biomedical Engineering (from University Campus Bio-Medico and University Tor Vergata of Rome, respectively) and conducted her post-doctoral training at BCH/HMS (from 2015 to 2019). She is an expert in biomedical signal processing and data analysis with particular focus on neurological disorders. Her research work has been recognized through numerous awards from national and international committees, which include young investigator awards from the American Epilepsy Society, the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society​. Her current research is dedicated to the advanced analysis of electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) from children with epilepsy to identify new electrophysiological epilepsy biomarkers, test their clinical value for surgical treatment and translate such technological advances to the clinical practice. She also conducts research for the development of new non-invasive methods that facilitates the early diagnosis of brain injury in neonates through the combined monitoring of brain and motor activity.


More links to:
Website https://scholar.harvard.edu/eleonoratamilia
ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eleonora_Tamilia

Ai Wern Chung, PhD

Associate Scientific Research Staff

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Ai Wern Chung is a computational neuroscientist at FNNDSC with particular interest in MRI connectomics – the study of the brain as an inter-connected network to understand its functional and structural organization in relation to development, ageing or a disease. She is a recipient of a joint American Heart Association and Children’s Heart Foundation Fellowship to identify neuroimaging markers of altered brain structure in adults with congenital heart disease using her novel network theoretical models of energy propagation. After majoring in Computer Science, Dr. Chung went on to obtain a Ph.D. in medical physics in neuroimaging at London’s UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in the UK. Ever interested in translating advanced brain MRI techniques for the clinic, she has held several research posts in hospital affiliated institutes. These include the Stroke and Dementia Neuroimaging Unit at St. George’s University of London, and the Biostatistics group at the Centre for the Developing Brain at King’s College London. Her research work in previous labs include validation of diffusion MRI models through to their development and application on ageing cohorts, and network theoretical analysis on premature neonates. At FNNDSC, Dr. Chung continues to devise novel methodologies for connectomes to describe system changes in brain organization, and has applied these to MRI studies on children with Autism, concussion, and 16p11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Research aside, she enjoys the outdoors, a good hike and looks forward to the day she can run in the woods with a pet dog.

Lana Vasung, MD, PhD

Associate Scientific Research Staff

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Lana Vasung is a physician-scientist that currently works as a Ralph Schlaeger fellow. She obtained her MD (2007), as well as her Ph.D. in Neuroscience (2013), from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. After her Ph.D. graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Candidate for Special Programme University Medicine and young clinicians (‘SPUM program’) at the Department of Pediatrics and Neuroradiology, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2013-2016). In 2016, after obtaining her Swiss Medical License, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) awarded her an Advanced Postdoc Mobility Fellowship (among the top 10 in the national research ranking) to conduct post-doctoral research at Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2018 the Ralph Schlaeger Charitable Foundation awarded her fellowship to conduct the research in pediatric neuroradiology. Dr. Vasung established numerous collaborations with highly prestigious clinical and research groups, serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for more than 20 peer-review journals, and is a regular member of more than 10 professional societies. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications covering translational and clinical research in the field of neuroscience, embryology, histology, anatomy, pediatrics, neuroimaging, and neuroradiology. As a physician (ECFMG certified) and a scientist, she has a deep interest in bridging gaps between various disciplines (neuroscience, physiology, histology, anatomy, imaging, clinical medicine) to improve clinical care among most vulnerable pediatric populations.

Esra Abaci Turk, PhD

Associate Scientific Research Staff

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Esra Abaci Turk completed her BS degree in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2006. She received a full scholarship from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey for her M.Sc. studies in Bilkent University, Turkey. She received her PhD degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Bilkent University, Turkey in June 2013 with an expertise in MRI physics. In July 2013, she joined the Madrid-MIT M+Vision consortium as a postdoctoral fellow and with her colleagues proposed a project on an assessment of placental function by means of MRI under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Grant in early 2014 and funded by Consejeria de Educacion, Juventud y Deporte de la Comunidad de Madrid (Spain). In 2015, Dr. Abaci Turk joined FNNDSC as a research fellow. She is currently working on the assessment of placental function with a growing interest on fetal response to the placental well-being and also fetal MRI safety.

Sarah Morton, MD, PhD

Physician in Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Sarah Morton is an Attending Physician in Medicine in the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Morton obtained her MD/PhD degrees through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California San Francisco, after attending the University of Michigan. She then completed her Pediatrics Residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program and Neonatology Fellowship at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program. Dr. Morton is currently an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a clinical attending physician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Morton serves on the NICU Nutrition Committee and participates in Quality Improvement projects with the aim of improving care for all patients in the NICU. Dr. Morton is also active in research investigating genetic contributions to congenital heart disease, and the effects of infant nutrition on neurodevelopment.

HyukJin Yun, PhD

Research Associate

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Hyuk Jin Yun is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His expertise is in neuroimage analysis using structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He obtained his PhD (2016) in Biomedical Engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. During his PhD, he has developed several methods to quantify structural/functional brain ​measures from MRI and investigated their differences between normal and patient cohorts. Based on the quantitative brain measures, he also developed early diagnosis procedure using machine learning technique. In FNNDSC, he is focusing on analyzing spatiotemporal folding pattern in human fetal brains, developing methods for automatic fetal brain MRI processing pipeline, and applying deep learning networks to evaluate fetal brain health.​​

Jeffrey Stout, PhD

Research Associate

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Jeff Stout received his PhD from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. He is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His research interests are to improve the clinical utility of quantitative MRI, specifically relaxometry as it relates to blood oxygenation, blood flow quantification and end organ oxygen consumption. He is interested in both the developing brain and placenta. Diseases such as congenital heart disease, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and intrauterine growth restriction might be better diagnosed and monitored with the techniques he is developing. Ultimately, his work might lead to measures of brain health in the fetal and neonatal period that predict longer term cognitive outcomes.

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Sheng He, PhD

Research Associate

Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Sheng He is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on using machine learning/deep learning on medical image analysis and pattern recognition. He holds a PhD degree (cum laude) in artificial intelligence from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

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Stefanie Perrier, PhD

Research Fellow

Stefanie Perrier is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She obtained her HBSc in Chemistry and Biology from Lakehead University, followed by her PhD in Neuroscience from McGill University in Canada. Her doctorate research focused on the study of rare inherited white matter diseases called leukodystrophies. She investigated the clinical features, molecular genetics, and disease mechanisms associated with POLR3-related hypomyelinating leukodystrophy, specifically exploring a novel severe form of the disease. She also gained expertise in genetic data analysis through investigation of patients with genetically undiagnosed hypomyelinating leukodystrophies. Her current neuroscience research interests have expanded from “nature” (i.e., genetics) to include the study of “nurture” (i.e., environment) and the associated impacts on children’s brain development. At the FNNDSC, her research focuses on understanding how nutrition and other factors affect early neurodevelopment, assessed using multi-modal brain MRI analysis techniques.

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Navaneethakrishna Makaram, PhD

Research Fellow

Navaneethakrishna Makaram is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging Developmental Science Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Mechanics Biomedical Engineering Group at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. In his Ph.D. studies, he worked on the experimental characterization of muscle fatigue using Surface Electromyography signals and Nonlinear Signal Processing Methods. He was a short term scholar at Drexel University and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he worked on the assessment of Muscle Coordination during Frontal Car Crash in the Pediatric population. He was also a research trainee at the Montreal Neurological Institute with Prof. Jean Gotman and worked on the development of automated tools to characterize the various seizure onset patterns in Intracranial EEG. After his Ph.D., he was a Senior Project officer at the Center of Excellence in Medical Device Regulations and Standards. His research interests include Biomechanics, Biomedical Instrumentation, Signal Processing, Machine Learning and Medical Device Regulations and Standards. He has more than 30 articles published in reputed journals and conferences. In honor of his research work, he has been awarded RWTH Aachen – AROP, TU Darmstadt ´Future Talent ´ award, Shastri Indo Canadian Research Fellowship, HERITAGE Erasmus Grant and Drexel University Short-Term Scholarship. His current research is focused on quantitative assessment of EEG signals from children with Epilepsy using advanced signal processing and machine learning techniques to assist clinicians in the decision making.

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Sungmin You, PhD

Research Fellow

Sungmin You is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He obtained his Ph.D. (2021) in Biomedical Engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. During his doctoral studies, he endeavored at applying advanced deep learning techniques on various medical datasets such as for mortality prediction or epilepsy patient monitoring. At the FNNDSC, he is focusing on developing state-of-the-art deep learning-based methods for processing and analysis of the fetal brain MRI.

Filiz Yetisir, PhD

Research Fellow

Filiz Yetisir obtained her BS degree in 2011 from Bilkent University in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and her MS & PhD degrees in 2014 & 2017 from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During her graduate studies she focused on the design and optimization of radiofrequency (RF) waveforms to reduce image shading and tissue heating, two of the main challenges associated with high field MRI, for 3 Tesla and 7 Tesla MRI using the parallel RF transmission technology. She also worked extensively on RF safety for brain imaging at 7 Tesla and pregnant body imaging at 3 Tesla to enable safe operation of parallel RF transmission at high and ultra high field MRI. She is an expert in electromagnetic modelling and experimental validation of RF coils, parallel transmit RF pulse design and turbo/fast spin echo imaging. Her current interests include RF pulse design to reduce motion sensitivity and increase resolution in fetal imaging and ultra high field pediatric tumor imaging using parallel RF transmission.

Georgios Ntolkeras, MD

Research Fellow

Georgios Ntolkeras is a Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow at the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging & Developmental Science Center in Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is an ECFMG certified Medical Doctor who graduated in the Medical School of University of Thessaly in Greece and did his clinical rotations in Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the University Hospitals of University of Paris-East Creteil. Since the spring of 2019, Dr. Ntolkeras has been working for several projects in the fields of neuroimaging and neurophysiology. These projects involve the analysis of the brain activity using non-invasive techniques such as the High-Density Electroencephalogram and the Magnetoencepaholgram. He performs acquisition, processing, interpretation, and statistical analysis of electrophysiological data of patients with Epilepsy, SSADH deficiency, and Angelman Syndrome. He is also developing a high resolution whole-body pediatric numerical model used for numerical simulations.

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Ajay Rajaram, PhD

Research Fellow

Ajay Rajaram is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He obtained his BSc in Medical and Health Physics from McMaster University and his PhD in Medical Biophysics from Western University in Canada. His expertise is in optical neuromonitoring in the developing brain. During his doctorate he designed and built NNeMo (Neonatal NeuroMonitor), a non-invasive brain monitor combining broadband near-infrared and diffuse correlation spectroscopy techniques, to provide a continuous measurement of cerebral perfusion and metabolism at the bedside. Ajay clinically translated this device to the neonatal intensive care unit to monitor premature infants during the first few days of life. The system was also implemented in infants with hydrocephalus during the surgical drainage of cerebrospinal fluid. At the FNNDSC, he is continuing to investigate optical brain monitoring as a prognostic tool with the goal of assessing cerebral hemodynamics and metabolism as physiological precursors of brain injury.

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Xinyu (Lily) Wang

Clinical Research Specialist

Xinyu received her BS degree in 2020 from Ohio State University, where she majored in Psychology, minored in Global Public Health and Studio Art, and worked in the Attitude and Persuasion Lab and Childhood Mood Disorders Lab. Then she received her MA degree in 2022 from Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, where she majored in Clinical Psychology and worked in the Global Mental Health Lab at TC and the Communication Sciences Lab at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Xinyu now joins the HBCD study team as a clinical research specialist. In the future, Xinyu hopes to pursue a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology or neuropsychology. In her spare time, Xinyu enjoys assorted art and fitness activities.

Rutvi Vyas

Research Data Manager

Rutvi received her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a focus in neuroimaging. After her graduate work on functional near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), she gained valuable experience in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) through her work at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. At FNNDSC she works primarily on management and analysis of clinical and neuroimaging data for NIRS projects aimed at understanding neonatal brain health and development. Her involvement at the center is also in validation and implementation of novel image processing pipelines. Rutvi has an interest in multi-modal image processing and data analysis and will be expanding her role in MRI studies.​

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Chuan-heng Hsiao

Computational Biologist

Chuan-Heng Hsiao received Master Degree in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University and Master Degree in Computer Science from Harvard University. He has helped a startup company (Appier) deploying a big-data cluster. Hsiao is currently focusing on deploying a big-data cluster for data collection, analysis, and visualization.

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Gideon Pinto

Research Software Developer

Gideon Pinto received his Master's Degree in Digital Media and Design from Northeastern University in Boston with a focus on Web Development. At the FNNDSC, he is part of the Advanced Computing Group, where he focuses on building the Web UI for ChRIS.

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Sandip Samal

Research Software Developer

Sandip Samal received his Master's Degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University in Boston with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. At the FNNDSC, he is a part of the Advanced Computing Group, utilizing his previous Back-end and AI/ML skills in the field of Cloud Computing.

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Anna Foster

Research Data Manager I

Anna received her BS in Biology-Physics and a Minor in Mathematics from St. Lawrence University in 2021. Following graduation, Anna joined a cardiac MRI research group at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked for 1.5 years as a Research Technician assisting in pre-clinical, clinical, and MRI research. She is a part of Dr. Yangming Ou's group at the FNNDSC, where her primary role is organizing neonatal brain injury data for public release. Anna hopes to eventually attend graduate school in Clinical Engineering or Neuroscience.

ADMINISTRATION

Winona Bruce-Baiden

Program Coordinator II

Winona Bruce-Baiden graduated from Merrimack College with a Master’s in Health and Wellness Management. In 2014, she began volunteering at Boston Children’s Hospital in Neurology (9 Northwest) and later worked as a Clinical Assistant in 2018. She also worked as a Patient Experience Representative in Sports Medicine with her background in exercise science. Her role at FNNDSC is to assists in coordinating and managing administrative needs.

Tina Giella

Research Administrator II

Tina received her BS in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration of Business Studies from Providence College. In 2011, she started at Boston Children's Hospital in the Clinical Translational and Study Unit as an Administrative Associate before switching over to her current position as a Research Administrator in FNNDSC in 2018. She is involved in pre and post grant management. Her primary responsibilities in the Center are (1) to aid our investigators with research grant submissions (2) to manage the center’s research finances. In her spare time, she loves running and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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RESEARCH ASSISTANTS & INTERNS
ResearchAssistants

Sarvagya Gupta

Graduate Student Intern

Sarvagya is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is working with MRI and EEG data for localizing epilepsy zones in children with epilepsy using Machine Learning and Information Theory. His plans include getting into a Ph.D. program in Fall 2023.

Esha Ahmad

Student Intern

Esha Ahmad is currently pursuing her B.S. in Neuroscience (Mind, Brain, and Behavior) and Global Health/Health Policy at Harvard University. She is working under Dr. Lana Vasung focusing on the intersection of developmental and clinical neuroscience in order to improve future clinical care for vulnerable pediatric populations. Currently, she is focused on identifying how alternation of proprioception in congenital non-syndromic isolated musculoskeletal structural birth defects alters brain development in fetuses.

Juan Carlos Rodríguez Diaz

Research Intern

Juan Carlos is a Senior Undergraduate Engineering Physics student in Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. He works as a research intern in the FNNDSC Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) Program with Dr. Jason Sutin, where his main projects are focused on augmentation of the electronic and optical hardware capabilities for the diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) and NIRS systems, aiming to enhance their objective, quantitative diagnose capabilities. He looks forward to keep working on translational research projects and pursue a PhD in Medical Physics.

Pablo Jáquez

Student Intern

Pablo Jáquez is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey, where he has been involved in research projects in neuroengineering. At the FNNDSC, he works with Dr. Kiho Im on MRI processing and analysis and deep learning network training to improve fetal brain segmentation.

German Figueroa

Student Intern

German is pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico at Guadalajara Campus. He is working with Dr. Ivy Lin on development of machine learning and deep learning models for classification and segmentation of MRI images in hydrocephalus patients. German has had previous research experience in brain computer interfaces, electronics and deep learning models development. After graduation, he plans on applying to Harvard Medical School.

Anette De Leon Barba

Student Intern

Anette is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics at Tec de Monterrey. She is working with Dr. Kiho Im developing neural networks and deep learning models to improve fetal and neonatal brain MRI processing. In the future, she would like to pursue a graduate degree on Medical Physics.

Jadyn Matthews

Student Intern

Jadyn is an undergraduate junior studying Cognitive Neuroscience & Evolutionary Psychology, Human Evolutionary Biology, and Global Health at Harvard College. At Boston Children’s Hospital, she will be conducting research with Dr. Sarah Morton MD/PhD at the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) to investigate infant feeding using non-invasive electromyography (EMG) sensors.

Laura Berto

Medical Student Intern

Laura is a fourth-year medical student at São Paulo’s University Faculty of Medicine, in Brazil. She is interested in Neurology, Psychiatry and Pediatrics and has previous research experience in neurological and mental disorders. At FNNDSC, she is working with Dr. Banu Ahtam on studies involving BabyMEG scan, helping to organize and analyze MEG and MRI data.

Sofía Urosa Dávila

Student Intern

Sofia is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico City's Campus. She works with Dr. Kiho Im at the FNNDSC analyzing fetal and neonatal brain MRI data to characterize brain development utilizing neural networks and deep learning models. In the future, she plans to pursue a master's in bioinformatics or Medical Imaging.

Marisol Elizabeth Lemus Aguilar

Student Intern

Marisol is currently pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. At the FNNDSC, she works with Dr.Kiho Im to perform MRI quality check and data mangement, quantitative brain structural feature extractor and deep learning network training to improve fetal brain segmentation and age prediction. In the future, Marisol plans on pursing a masters in Medical Imaging.

Renata Faccioli

Medical Student Intern

Renata is a third-year medical student at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, in Brazil. She is specially interested in neurosurgery and has previous experience with research on machine learning and risk prediction models, . At the FNNDSC, she will be working with the NIRS team on different studies.

Isabella Castillo

Clinical Research Assistant

Isabella graduated from Suffolk University in 2021 with a B.A. in Economics. She currently works as a Clinical Research Assistant and is part of the HEALthy Brain and Child Development study, a nationwide, multi-site, multi-modal longitudinal study that examines how prenatal and perinatal exposures to environments and substances may alter neurodevelopmental trajectories in children. Isabella plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatrics.

Srivats Srinivasan

Medical Student Intern

Sri is a second-year medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, Texas. He is working with Dr. Jeffrey Stout to develop cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) analyses using BOLD fMRI for cerebrovascular diseases in young children such as moyamoya or sickle cell disease.

Jee Won Diane Kang

Clinical Research Assistant II

Jee Won graduated from Brown University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She joins the FNNDSC as a Clinical Research Assistant II with the BCAS team, focusing on processing and analyzing neuroimaging data, particularly MRI. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Neuropsychology. In her free time, she enjoys baking, taking long walks, and flying trapeze/aerial arts.

Maddie Tran

Student Intern

Maddie is currently pursuing a B.S in Biomedical engineering with a concentration in Neuroengineering. She is working with Dr. Banu Ahtam to help with MRI and MEG/EEG data collection, data analysis, literature review, and preparing scientific presentations/publications. Past experiences include studying Brain-Computer Interface systems as a means for augmented communication for those living with ALS and other neuromuscular diseases.

Matthew Pesce

Clinical Research Assistant II

Matthew graduated the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Bioengineering in May of 2016. His background includes working as a global health engineer with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa as well as serving as a pediatric EMT in his hometown of Philadelphia. He is now serving as an RA for the Baby Meg Lab where he is responsible for data pre-processing and analysis as well as scheduling and assisting with patient testing. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.

Braulio Ramirez

Research Assistant

Braulio has a degree in Nanotechnology and Chemical Sciences Engineering at Tec de Monterrey. He is currently working as a Research Assistant with the NIRS team at the FNNDSC, developing optical and electronic hardware for enhanced measurements as well as data and signal processing. Braulio is passionate about using science to create new solutions in the medical area. He also hopes to apply for physics graduate school in the near future.

Taylor Vadset

Clinical Research Assistant I

Taylor graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She currently works as a Clinical Research Assistant on the NIRS team, investigating the use of FDNIRS-DCS as a bedside diagnostic tool for analyzing cerebral hemodynamics in infants. In the future, she hopes to pursue an MD/MPH degree and work in pediatric medicine.

Michael Woglom

Clinical Research Assistant

Michael graduated from Boston College in 2021 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Global Public Health. He has previous experience working as a pharmacy technician, and has volunteered extensively in medical clinics abroad. At the FNNDSC, he works as a Clinical Research Assistant on the NIRS team, investigating the many clinical applications of FDNIRS-DCS as a prognostic tool, given its novel ability to assess cerebral hemodynamics at the bedside. In the future, Michael plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatrics and/or neurology, with a continued interest in global health equity.

Rachel Lippman

Clinical Research Assistant I

Rachel graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Biology, Health, and Society in 2020. She previously worked as research assistant at the cardiovascular research center at MGH investigating RNA-based therapeutics to treat cardiac fibrosis and cardiac hypertrophy. She currently works as a Clinical Research assistant on the NIRS teams, investigating the use of FDNIRS-DCS as bedside diagnostic tool for analyzing cerebral hemodynamics in infants and children. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.

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Jose Alfonso Cisneros Morales

Student Intern

Jose is majoring in Digital Systems and Robotics Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, where he has collaborated in research and robotics projects. He was part of the MRI Team under Dr. Kiho doing fetal MRI processing and analysis. He worked on in vivo fetal MRI segmentation of CSF for the measurement of cortical plate thickness.

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Christina Lildharrie

Student Intern

Christina Lildharrie is currently pursuing her B.S. in Neuroscience Policy at Drexel University. She is working with Dr.Banu Ahtam to help with MRI and MEG/EEG data collection, data analysis, literature review, and preparing scientific presentations/publications. She has experience with literature reviews and developing scientific publications at the Center for Science and Law. After graduation, Christina plans on pursuing a doctorate program with a research focus on psychiatric disorders.

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Enrique Mondragon Estrada

Student Intern

Enrique is currently pursuing his B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. At the university, he has collaborated as a research and teaching assistant. At the FNNDSC, he worked with Dr. Kiho Im on MRI processing and analysis, quantitative brain structural feature extraction, and deep learning network training to improve fetal brain segmentation and age prediction.

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Valeria Cruz Tamayo

Student Intern

Valeria is a student intern currently pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. Her role at the FNNDSC was contributing to the development and improvement of an algorithm for automatic labeling of cortical sulci in the fetal human brain as well as processing fetal MRI data. She likes learning from different fields and integrating this knowledge for problem solving. After graduation, Valeria plans on getting a master’s degree in biomedical research.

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Matteo Bernabei

Graduate Student Intern

Matteo Bernabei is a graduate Biomedical Engineering student from Campus Bio Medico University of Rome Italy. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the same university. He is completing his Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biorobotics and Ergonomics. He worked as a student intern with Dr. Eleonora Tamilia at the FNNDSC to develop his graduate thesis. He mainly focused on Scalp EEG signals analysis of patients with refractory epilepsy, implemented methods to integrate measures of brain connectivity, excitability and developed classification methods to identify the epileptogenic brain tissue.

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John Chen

Student Intern

John Chen is working towards his undergraduate degree in computer science at Harvard University. He worked with Dr. Eleonora Tamilia on developing computer tools to assist in detecting epileptic zones in children with drug-resistant epilepsy using EEG and MRI scans.

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Qi Jing (QJ) Yap

Graduate Student Intern

QJ is currently pursuing a Master's in Health Data Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Previously, he graduated with a Bachelor's in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He works at the FNNDSC as a data science intern on Transfer Learning with brain MRI images.

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Anahí López Chávez

Student Intern

Anahí is currently pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico. She worked with Dr. Jason Sutin as an intern taking part in research projects developing optical spectroscopy techniques for monitoring patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and operating room (OR). She is also helping to design, build, and test research prototype devices for kids with hydrocephalus. Anahí previously worked in a BioRobotics project with people diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. In the future, Anahí plans on pursuing a masters in the health and economics area.

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Aimé De la Vega

Student Intern

Aimé is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. At the FNNDSC, she worked with Dr. Eleonora Tamilia to perform the retrieval and preprocessing of multimodal data (neuroimaging and electrophysiological data) from patients with epilepsy with the goal of building a preprocessed dataset that will be analyzed to identify novel electrophysiological biomarkers of epilepsy and/or other neurological disorders. She is passionate about research related to improving the quality of life and the generation of new knowledge and devices that meet this goal.

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Jerjes Emiliano Aguirre

Student Intern

Jerjes Aguirre is currently pursuing his B.S. in Engineering Physics at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is worked at the FNNDSC as a research trainee with Dr. Kiho Im in the NeuroIm Lab, on projects regarding fetal brain MRI digital processing automation, studying deep learning networks aiming to develop a reliable convolutional network that can accurately predict fetal brain age for analyzing abnormal behavior. He has experience in different subjects of research, which go from computer science to the use of structured light for various applications. He wants to continue developing his career by participating in different projects with the objective of advance his abilities and obtaining experience in doing research.

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Erick Alan Cuellar Quintanilla

Student Intern

Erick is an undergraduate student at Tecnologico de Monterrey campus Saltillo, in Mexico, studying Mechatronics Engineering. He worked with Dr. Kiho Im testing the measurements of the cortical plate in fetal brains, as well as MRI processing and analysis.

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Nicolò De Luca

Graduate Student Intern

Nicolò De Luca is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. He received his bachelor's degree in Clinical Engineering in 2019 from “La Sapienza” University of Rome. At the FNNDSC, he worked with Dr. Eleonora Tamilia on developing methods to identify the epileptogenic zone in children undergoing intracranial EEG before surgery.

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Chiara Colosimo

Student Intern

Chiara is a master student in Italy at UCBM (Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma) where she is going to graduate in nanotechnology and bionic systems. At the FNNDSC she worked with Dr. Eleonora Tamilia on a new technique to study epileptic brains using microstate analysis.

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Iqui Balam Heredia Marin

Student Intern

Iqui has a B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey. He is worked at the FNNDSC as a research trainee in the NeuroIm Lab on projects regarding fetal brain MRI digital processing. His main objective was to train a reliable deep learning model for segmentation of the subplate region of the fetal brain.

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Amy Deangelo

Student Intern

Amy DeAngelo is currently pursuing her B.S. in Human Physiology at Boston University. She iworked as an intern with the BabyMEG team, and is helping with clinical collection of MEG data, as well as preprocessing and analysis. She has experience in clinical research in BCH, specifically with epilepsy and neurology. Amy volunteers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Big Sister Boston, and StandUp for Kids and hopes to one day become a Pediatrician.

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Yurui Guo

Clinical Research Assistant II

Yurui graduated from Northeastern University in 2019 with a M.S. in Bioinformatics and a minor in Data Analytics. Yurui, before graduation, had an internship at the FNNDSC as a Research Technician. She also worked as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Takahashi Lab, focusing on how to analyze data from MRI, with a goal of investigating the relationship between brain developmental disorders and various diseases.

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José Abraham Collins Ramírez

Student Intern

Abraham Collins is majoring in Digital Systems and Robotics Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey, México. Currently, he completed a year-long research internship at the FNNDSC, where he was part of the MRI team and does fetal MRI processing and analysis. The project he worked on aims to create an automatic MRI pipeline for the measurement of cortical plate and subplate thickness from in vivo fetal MRI using convolutional neural networks.

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Shoshana Freeman

Clinical Research Assistant I

Shoshana graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with honors in Biology and a minor in Psychology in 2018. During her time there, she began her research career through assisting in projects related to neuroscience and developmental psychology. This culminated in her thesis investigating the neurodevelopmental basis for the emotion of disgust. During the summers of 2016-2017, Shoshana spent her time assisting the research of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Shoshana worked as a research assistant in the NIRS team, investigating the use of FDNIRS-DCS as a bedside diagnostic tool for analyzing cerebral hemodynamics in infants and children. In the future, she hopes to continue clinical research in pediatric neurology and care for pediatric patients.

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Alpen Ortug, PhD

Research Fellow

Alpen Ortug received her Bachelor's degree in Genetics and Bioengineering in 2011 from Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. Then, she pursued two different M.Sc. degrees of Human Anatomy and Forensic Sciences from Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa in 2015 and 2017 respectively. She completed her PhD in Clinical Anatomy in Istanbul Medipol University/Turkey. During her PhD, she studied methodology of her PhD thesis which is diffusion tractography of cerebellar pathways and their clinical correlations of posterior fossa tumors pre and postoperatively in the Takahashi Lab in Boston Children’s Hospital. She also worked as a Lecturer in human anatomy at the Istanbul Medipol University-Turkey. She was responsible for giving gross anatomy lectures for Health Sciences Faculty departments and related programs of Vocational School. Then, she started her postdoctoral studies with Dr. Emi Takahashi in Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Newborn Medicine, Harvard Medical School at beginning of 2020. Her postdoctoral research studies involve fetal and newborn MRI evaluation of autism spectrum disorder. She is a member of Anatomische Gesellschaft, Turkish Anatomy and Clinical Anatomy Society, American Association for Anatomy and American Association of Clinical Anatomists.

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Alma Rosa Cuevas Romero

Student Intern

Alma is an undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering at 'Tecnológico de Monterrey' with focus on Intelligent Systems. At the FNNDSC, her work was centered on fMRI signal analysis to find epilepsy-associated connectomes when studying pre- and postoperative patients, as well as the management of codes between different programming languages.

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Elena Dominguez

Student Intern

Elena Dominguez is currently pursuing her B.S. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology Engineering at Monterrey Institute of Technology. She has previous experience in robotics, chemistry, and microfabrication. At the FNNDSC, she was on the NIRS team and worked on research projects developing optical spectroscopy techniques for monitoring patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and operating room (OR), working with materials and fabrication methods. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in the area of materials and/or microfabrication.

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Lavinia Pace

Graduate Student Intern

Lavinia Pace is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome . She received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in 2019 from Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. She worked as a student intern with Dr. Eleonora Tamilia at the FNNDSC on intracranial EEG (both SEEG and ECOG) for the evaluation of epilepsy in drug-resistant children for a better understanding of the epileptogenic brain network.

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Luis Neri Perez

Student Intern

Luis is an undergraduate student studying Computer Science and Technology from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. He previously worked as a Project Manager Intern at P&G. During his research internship at the FNNDSC, he joined the NIRS team where he worked with segmentation models for CT brain images of infants with hydrocephalus. He also created new image recognition models using ML for other brain imaging types which will be used for prognostics.

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Cecilia Liberati

Graduate Student Intern

Cecilia Liberati is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Università Campus Biomedico of Rome. She received her bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering in 2019. At the FNNDSC, she worked with Dr. Eleonora Tamilia on a research project detecting high-frequency oscillation in healthy children and children with epilepsy.

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Henry Pehr

Student Intern

Henry graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2020 with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Neuroscience. He joined the FNNDSC in October 2021. As a Clinical Research Assistant, he worked with MRI data processing, management, and method development. Henry previously performed undergraduate research at Chapel Hill related to MRI cortical surface reconstruction. He also hopes to continue his education in the future.

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Cindy Zhou

Clinical Research Assistant II

Cindy graduated from Wellesley College in 2020 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a minor in Health & Society. Her role at the FNNDSC was a Clinical Research Assistant with the MRI Team, which involves the development and implementation of novel in vivo imaging techniques of the placenta and developing fetus using MRI. She has previously worked on research teams at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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José Luis Alatorre Warren, PhD

Research Fellow

José Luis worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. At Takahashi Lab, he investigated the link between the spatiotemporal patterns of growth and development of neural pathways and those of gyral/sulcal formation, both in typically developing children as well as in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. He completed a structured PhD program in Evolutionary Biology at Life Science Zurich Graduate School, jointly run by the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, receiving his doctoral degree from the latter in 2019. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Physics from TU Delft, a Master’s degree in Robotics and Photonics Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics with a focus on Computer Vision from CETI University of Technology, in Guadalajara, Mexico. During his doctoral studies, he used neuroimaging data of humans, chimpanzees, and gorillas to quantify the patterns of structural variation and covariation in cortical surface and cranial morphology that operate within and between species, as well as during postnatal development. In 2017 and 2018, he also worked at the Neural Circuit Dynamics Lab, Brain Research Institute Zurich, where he contributed with the automation of experimental setups and analysis of fluorescence microscopy data for neuroscience research.

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David Xiang

Student Intern

David is a 2nd year medical student at Harvard Medical School. He graduated in 2020 from Harvard College with a major in History and Science and a minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He worked with Dr. Yangming Ou’s research team as a part-time student researcher, learning more about large database analysis and research techniques in examining brain health and factors that influence brain development.

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Luis Mario Flores Campos

Student Intern

Luis Mario is a student intern currently pursuing his B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. His role at the FNNDSC was to contribute to the development and improvement of an algorithm for data analysis and deep learning network training used to give a better treatment for children with epilepsy. He spends his time learning from different fields and integrating this knowledge for problem-solving. After graduation, Luis Mario aims to get a Ph.D. degree in Computing Science.

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Briana Valli

Student Intern

Briana Valli is currently perusing her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern University. She is worked as a co-op student within the Takahashi Laboratory for developmental imaging and neuroscience. She has experience participating in neuropsychological research through MGH and Harvard, conducting MRI along with physiological and behavioral analysis testing. Additionally, Briana volunteers in the Neurology department at Boston Children’s Hospital and aspires to become a Pediatric Neurologist.

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Emi Takahashi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Emi Takahashi is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and faculty in Radiology, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Takahashi trained as a medical student for five years and then received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Chiba University School of Medicine in Japan. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in brain imaging of long-term memory and underlying white matter structures at the Boston University School of Medicine and in high-resolution diffusion MRI on developing brains at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, and joined the faculty of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in 2010. Her specific interests are concerned with the uniqueness of human brain development, particularly the structural basis underlying normal, unique brain functions in humans. She studies typically developing fetuses, children, and young adults as well as those with or at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders employing diffusion, structural, and functional MRI techniques in her research with combining additional methods.

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Tomo Tarui

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tomo Tarui holds an MD from Keio University in Japan. During his time at the FNNDSC, he led the Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) Study with Dr. Ellen Grant, Pediatric Neuroradiologist, Dr. Omar Khwaja, Fetal-Neonatal Neurologist at Boston Children's Hospital, and Dr. Julian Robinson, physician in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Tarui aimed to develop novel quantitative fetal MRI measures with significant prognostic validity, thus to be able to direct in utero intervention and early implementation of developmental support postnatally. He is now an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Tufts Medical Center.

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Daniel Ginsburg

Principle Software Architect

Daniel received a B.S. in Computer Science from Worchester Polytechnic Institute and his MBA from Bentley University. He worked at the FNNDSC from 2009-2011. During his time here, he was a co-developer of the early prototype version of ChRIS with Dr. Pienaar. Currently, he is the owner of Upsample Software, LLC.

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Angela Fenoglio

Study Coordinator

Angela Fenoglio graduated Harvard University with a Masters of Education in Mind Brain Education. She worked as a Study Coordinator from 2010-2013. Her previous tasks included but were not limited to the collection and analyzing of continuous-wave and frequency-domain near-infrared spectroscopy and diffuse correlation spectroscopy data, the
creation and management of IRB study protocols, and the development and maintenance of MySQL and RedCap databases for clinical data management. She finished her PhD in Childhood Psychology in 2019 and is now working as a Developmental Scientist and Early Childhood Consultant.

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Christos Papadelis

Director, Clinical MEG Program

Christos Papadelis has graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1998, and his MSc and PhD in Medical Informatics, in 2001 and 2005 respectively, from the same institute. He joined Boston Children's Hospital as Instructor in Neurology and Manager of the BabyMEG facility, one of the very few MEG laboratories in the world fully dedicated to pediatric research. In 2015, Dr. Papadelis was promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and initiated the Clinical MEG Program. Since 2019, Dr. Papadelis is with Cook Children's Health Care System where he leads the newly founded Research Center for Neurosciences.

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Mathieu Dehaes

Associate Scientific Research Staff, Instructor in Pediatrics

Mathieu Dehaes holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Université de Montréal and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. Mathieu was a postdoctoral research fellow at the FNNDSC from 2010-2012 as well as an Instructor in Pediatrics (Junior Faculty) from 2012-2013. He is now an Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiology and Institut de génie biomédical at the University of Montréal.

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Chiran Doshi

System Technologist

Chiran Doshi graduated with a M.S. in Biomedical and Medical Engineering. He worked at the FNNDSC as a System Technologist from 2011-2015. While at the FNNDSC, he developed a client side web application to analyze biological data. He was the core team member responsible for developing MEG lab from scratch to running facility within 3 years. He is now working as a Software Engineer at Whiterabbit.ai in India.

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Daniel Haehn

Research Software Developer III

Daniel Haehn is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) and Associate of the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Daniel previously worked as a researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania, Mental Canvas, and Apple. Daniel worked at the FNNDSC from 2011-2013. During his time here, he was the main developer of XTK and Slice:Drop. He was also the co-developer of the first production version of ChRIS with Dr. Pienaar. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University and a Diploma (B.S. and M.S.) in Medical Computer Science from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Daniel strongly supports open science and open education.

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Marie Drottar

Clinical Research Specialist II

Marie Drottar received her Masters at the Boston University School of Medicine in Bioimaging. She worked as a Clinical Research Specialist II at the FNNDSC for over 6 years! She is now working as a Neuroimaging Research Support at the Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University.

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Nicholas Rannou

Research Software Developer II

Nicholas received his B.S. and M.S. in Signals and Images in Biology and Medicine at Universite de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France while completing his Engineer Diploma in Electronics and Computer Sciences at Institut Superieur de l'Electronique et du Numerique (ISEN) in Brest, France. He worked at the FNNDSC from 2012-2014 as a Research Software Developer. During this time here, he was a co-developer of XTK, a javascript based library for scientific visualization. He was also the main developer of its successor, AMI as well as a co-developer on the first production version of ChRIS. He currently works as a Medical Visualization Specialist at Promaton.

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Thomas Re

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Thomas received his B.S. In Biomedical Engineering in 1986 from Case Western Reserve University and his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1995. He worked in software development in the telecommunications industry and for Internet start-ups in the U.S. and Italy until 2001. He then earned his M.D. in 2007, from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy. Thomas completed his Radiology Residency at University of Milan in 2014. He has MRI related research experience at the German National Cancer Institute (DKFZ) where he worked on a project focusing on pancreatic cancer imaging. While working in the Takahashi lab from 2012-2015, he was focused on a large population diffusion tractography study of cerebellar pathways in pediatric subjects at BCH. He is now a Radiologist Researcher at the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland.

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Gemma Arca Diaz

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Gemma Arca Diaz worked at the FNNDSC from 2013-2014 as Postdoctoral Research Fellow specializing in Fetal and Neonatal Neuroimaging
Intensive Neuro-neonatology. She underwent her residency in pediatrics in Barcelona, Spain. She is now a Neonatologist at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona where her focus is on Neuro-neonatology (HIE ( aEEG, Hypothermia, US, MRI), Stroke, and Dismorphology.

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Christine Charvet

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Christine Charvet graduated UCLA with a Bachelors in Psychology and University of California, Irvine with a PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior. She worked at the FNNDSC from 2014-2015. She is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Delaware State University.

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Alana Matos

Project Manager

Alana Matos graduated Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a Masters of Education in Mind, Brain and Education. She worked as a Project Manager at the FNNDSC from 2014-2015. While she was here she assisted Dr. Ellen Grant in conducting research on the impact of nutrition on the developing neonatal brain. She now works at The Economist as a Product Designer.

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Silvina Ferradal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Silvina Ferradal graduated from Washington University with her Masters and PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She worked at the FNNDSC between 2014-2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She now works as an Assistant Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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Jorge Bernal

Research Software Developer

Jorge Bernal graduated with a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. He worked as a Research Software Developer developing a web-based scientific software platform and javascript libraries during his time at the FNNDSC. He currently works as a consultant for the FNNDSC to assist with ChRIS, a cloud based platform that maintains patient scans for medical practitioners to access, compare and analyze images quickly and remotely.

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Maddy Artunduaga

Clinical Research Fellow

Maddy holds an MD from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She worked as a Pediatric Radiology Clinical Fellow during her time at the FNNDSC from 2015-2016. She is now an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center/Children's Health

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Jie Luo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jie Luo holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked at the FNNDSC from 2015-2017, as a postdoctoral research fellow. She is currently supported by grants from the Shanghai Sailing Program as well as the Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Luo has been a member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Overseas Chinese Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine since 2009, and was elected Junior Fellow of the ISMRM Society in 2016. She is currently the Associate Professor at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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Katyucia Rodrigues

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Katyucia de Macedo Rodrigues holds an MD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. She did her residency in Radiology at the Federal University of Pernambuco and clinical fellowship in MRI at CDPI clinics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During her time at the FNNDSC, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Radiology. Her research projects focused on volumetric and morphometric analyses and diffusion imaging of neonatal brain, especially in patients with perinatal hypoxic ischemic injury.

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Francesca Yi

Research Coordinator/Specialist

Francesca graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Masters in Biomedical Sciences, and now Medical Degree at Tufts University School of Medicine set to graduate in 2023. She worked at the FNNDSC from 2015-2017 with the NIRS team. Her responsibilities included studying frequency domain near-infrared spectroscopy (FD-NIRS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) as non invasive, optical mediums to measure brain health in neonates with congenital heart disease or at risk for brain injury.

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