LEADERSHIP
 

P. Ellen Grant, MD

Director of FNNDSC

Staff Clinician

Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Grant is a Professor of Pediatrics and 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 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. She received the 2022 Gold Medal Award from the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology.

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
 

Yoshio Okada, PhD

Director of Research MEG

Associate Scientific Research Staff

Professor in 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 Children's Hospital (BCH). She is also the Director of the Clinical MEG Program 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

Instructor 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 has great experience as a pulse sequence programmer, and his main research interests include the development of novel acquisition methods for fetal and pediatric imaging. As the most senior MRI physicist at the FNNDSC, he is also responsible for ensuring that numerous MRI projects that the FNNDSC is involved in are being moved forward effectively, by always making sure that the acquired MR data is of highest quality and the newest MR technical developments are being applied to all the research and clinical fetal and pediatric scans.

Kiho Im, PhD

Associate Scientific Research Staff

Associate Professor in 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 neuroimaging 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

Staff Scientist

Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School

Lana Vasung is a Physician-Scientist. She obtained her MD (2007), as well as her Ph.D. in Neuroscience (2013), from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. After receiving her Ph.D. , 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 50 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 to improve clinical care among most vulnerable pediatric populations. The scope of my work lies at the intersection of developmental and clinical neuroscience. Her long-term goal is to develop non-invasive biomarkers of structural and functional brain development in fetuses and prematurely born infants and to identify early prognostic biomarkers of long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes that can aid in development of new therapies and treatments.

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

HyukJin 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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Sungmin You, PhD

Research Fellow

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 
STAFF
 

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.

ADMINISTRATION

Winona Bruce-Baiden

Program Coordinator II

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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

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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.

 
RESEARCH ASSISTANTS & INTERNS
 

Henry Pehr

Clinical Research Assistant

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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. As a Clinical Research Assistant, he will be working 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.

Rubii Tamen

Clinical Research Assistant II

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Rubii graduated from Amherst College in 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health and French. Since then, she worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a researcher in Thoracic Oncology. She now joins the FNNDSC team as a Clinical Research Assistant II. She enjoys reading and cycling in her spare time.

Matthew Pesce

Clinical Research Assistant II

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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.

Rachel Lippman

Clinical Research Assistant I

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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.

Taylor Vadset

Clinical Research Assistant I

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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

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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.

Jee Won Diane Kang

Clinical Research Assistant II

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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.

Isabella Castillo

Clinical Research Assistant

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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.

Cindy Zhou

Clinical Research Assistant II

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Cindy graduated from Wellesley College in 2020 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a minor in Health & Society. Her role at the FNNDSC is as 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.

Aimé De la Vega

Student Intern

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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 works 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.

Anahí López Chávez

Student Intern

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Anahí is currently pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico. She is working 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.

David Xiang

Student Intern

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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 will be joining 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.

Jennings Zhang

Student Intern

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Jennings Zhang is currently an undergraduate student at Northeastern University. He works with Dr. Rudolph Pienaar’s Advanced Computing Group on ChRIS as a student intern and previously worked with Dr. Lana Vasung. Before the FNNDSC, Jennings worked in a similar lab in Montreal: the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (MCIN).

Elena Dominguez

Student Intern

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Elena is currently perusing her B.S. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology Engineering at Monterrey Institute of Technology. She has previous experience in robotics, chemistry, and microfabrication. Her role at the FNNDSC is as student intern on the NIRS team, in 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.

Christina Lildharrie

Student Intern

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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.

Enrique Mondragon Estrada

Student Intern

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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 works 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.

José Abraham Collins Ramírez

Student Intern

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Abraham Collins is majoring in Digital Systems and Robotics Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey, México. Currently, he is doing a year-long research internship at the FNNDSC, where he is part of the MRI team and does fetal MRI processing and analysis. The project he is working 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.

Erick Alan Cuellar Quintanilla

Student Intern

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

Qi Jing (QJ) Yap

Graduate Student Intern

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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.

Valeria Cruz Tamayo

Student Intern

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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 is 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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Lavinia Pace

Graduate Student Intern

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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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Matteo Bernabei

Graduate Student Intern

2021-2022

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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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Emi Takahashi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology

2010-2020

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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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Cecilia Liberati

Graduate Student Intern

2021-2022

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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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Nicolò De Luca

Graduate Student Intern

2021-2022

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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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Alma Rosa Cuevas Romero

Student Intern

2021-2022

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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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Luis Neri Perez

Student Intern

2021-2022

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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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José Luis Alatorre Warren, PhD

Research Fellow

2020-2021

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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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Tomo Tarui

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2009-2011

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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

2009-2011

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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

2010-2013

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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

2010-2015, 2018-2019

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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

2010-2013

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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

2011-2015

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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

2011-2013

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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

2011-2018

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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

2012-2014

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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

2012-2015

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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

2013-2014

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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

2014-2015

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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

2014-2015

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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

2014-2016

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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

2014-2019

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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

2015-2016

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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

2015-2017

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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

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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

2015-2017

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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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Ashley Curran

Clinical Research Coordinator

2015-2018

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Ashley Curran has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UMASS Amherst and is currently enrolled at the Western University of Health Sciences to becomes a Doctor in Osteopathic Medicine. She worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the FNNDSC from 2015-2018.

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Clarisa Carruthers

Clinical Research Assistant

2015-2019

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Clarisa Carruthers graduated from the University of the Puerto Rico in 2015. She worked as a Clinical Research Assistant from 2015-2019. Her work included assisting in research focused on (1) various effects (i.e. maternal nutrition, environment, stress) on infant brain development, scanning neonates ranging from ages 0-8 months and (2) better understanding reading difficulties by investigating brain development, from infancy through reading development in childhood, in families with and without a family history of dyslexia.

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Christopher Ha

Clinical Research Assistant II

2015-2019

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Christopher Ha graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical/Medical Engineering. He worked at the FNNDSC as a Clinical Research Assistant II for over 4 years. Some of the duties he performed while here consisted of providing assistance in the acquisition of data at patient bedside using NIRS and DCS technology, researching the efficacy of using bedside FDNIRS and DCS on the brain as a diagnosis and tool to optimize in the treatment of congenital heart diseases in infants and perinatal brain injuries, and maintaining and testing of optical probes used for NIRS and DCS devices. He now works as a Drafter at MilliporeSigma.

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Sarah Blackwell

Clinical Research Assistant

2016-2018

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Sarah Blackwell graduated Boston University with a B.S. in Health Science/Human Physiology. She worked at the FNNDSC from 2016-2018 as Clinical Research Assistant for the NIRS team before she left for medical school. Her responsibilities included patient screening, recruitment and enrollment from neonatal intensive care and well-baby units, overall study coordination and IRB amending and maintenance.

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Natalie Copeland

Clinical Research Assistant

2016-2019

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Natalie Copeland graduated from Boston University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience. She worked as a Clinical Research Assistant from 2016-2019. She now works as a Clinical Research Patient Navigator where she supports oncology patients and families across the clinical trial and healthcare continuum.

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Brock Chimileski

Clinical Research Assistant

2017-2018

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Brock Chimileski graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from UConn in Molecular and Cell Biology and in Physiology and Neurobiology. He worked as a Clinical Research Assistant further augmented his desire to intensively research public health in a medical career. He now attends UConn School of Medicine.

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Michaela Sisitsky

Clinical Research Assistant II

2017-2020

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Michaela Sisitsky graduated from Northeastern University in May 2017 with a B.S in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She has worked as a Clinical Research Assistant II in the Grant Lab examining the environmental influence on early brain development from 2017-2020. Michaela left the FNNDSC to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She hopes to focus her clinical research work around prevention and implementation of mental health services for at-risk children and adolescents.

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Matilde Dirodi

Student Intern

2018

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Matilde Dirodi graduated with a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2018. She worked at the FNNDSC in 2018 as a Student Intern. She now is a Researcher at g.tec which specializes in Brain-Computer Interfaces & Neurotechnology located in Austria.

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Angelina Distefano

Clinical Research Coordinator II

2018-2019

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Angelina Distefano graduated from Union College with Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator II at the FNNDSC from 2018-2019. Some of her duties included preparing IRB protocol applications, submitting amendments and all other regulatory documentation requiring review by the IRB, recruiting, screening, consenting, and scheduling pregnant women for research MRI studies. She now works at SurfaceLiner located in Colorado as an Account Associate.

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Hyunji Do

Clinical Research Assistant

2018-2019

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Hyunji Do graduated Carnegie Melon with a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science. She is currently attending University of Massachusetts Medical School and will graduate in 2023. She worked as a Clinical Research Assistant from 2018-2019. for the NIRS team.

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Samuel Rudisill

Clinical Research Assistant

2018-2019

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Samuel Rudisill joined the FNNDSC as a Clinical Research Assistant in 2018. While here he discovered better biomarkers of baby brain health using near-infrared spectroscopy techniques in the context of perinatal brain injury, intraventricular hemorrhage, and hydrocephalus. He is now a medical student at Rush University Medical Center.

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Ya'nan Song

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2018-2019

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Ya'nan Song holds a M.S. and PhD in Chinese Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the FNNDSC from 2018-2019. Her work at the FNNDSC focused on studying neuroimaging and clinical data science of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). She has assisted in HIE image analysis research, with goals to (a) bring quantitative evidence and objectiveness into clinical pediatric neuro-radiology, and (b) explore whether radiomic lesion textures add into lesion locations to better predict outcomes. Her work with the team extended the current qualitative and coarse understanding of HIE lesion and spatial patterns into quantitative, fine scale and statistical knowledge and filled in important knowledge gaps regarding the relationship between HIE lesion locations and spatial patterns, and radiomic lesion textures with outcomes. Ya'nan continues her work at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

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Sommer Jaber

Clinical Research Assistant

2019-2020

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Sommer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts as a double major in Community Psychology and in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior from the University of Washington Bothell. She joined the FNNDSC in Winter, 2019 and worked on multiple projects involving Rapid MRI acquisition, the impact of maternal childhood trauma on the developing infant brain, using different neuroimaging modalities to look at sickle cell disease treatments and outcomes, and the brain-behavior relationship existing in patients with dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) in relation to executive function. She hopes to continue forward to gain her PhD in Clinical Psychology in order to continue pursing those research interests.

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Elizabeth Holland

Clinical Research Assistant II

2019-2021

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Elizabeth graduated from Colby College in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in German. Her undergraduate research interests include the neurodevelopment of child cognition and health behavior. She currently works as a Clinical Research Assistant on both the fetal and pediatric MRI teams, investigating novel imaging techniques for the placenta and fetal/infant brain. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in advance practice nursing.

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Héctor Guillermo
Muñoz Michel

Graduate Student Intern

2020

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Hector is a student intern majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. While working at the FNNDSC, he performed fetal MRI data processing and brain volume reconstructions, completed literature review assignments regarding the state of the art of MRI data analysis topics, and contributed to the development of an automatic Image Quality Assessment (IQA) Deep Learning tool for MRI volumes.

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Jose Caldas de la Vega

Student Intern

2020

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Jose Caldas is a student intern majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. During his research internship at the FNNDSC he carried out various activities within the center's Magnetoencephalography (MEG) team, such as automation of preprocessing, processing and data analysis in Brainstrom through the generation of scripts in MATLAB for clinical diagnoses of epilepsy and research studies. He also worked on the development of a script that allows the MEG team to perform functional connectivity analysis.

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Jinwoo Hong

Graduate Student Intern

2020

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Jinwoo graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in Catholic University of Daegu in Korea. He is a PhD candidate from Hanyang University in Korea. During his time at the FNNDSC, he worked on automatic fetal brain MRI processing development as well as developing the deep learning algorithm for the fetal brain with the MRI Data Analysis team.

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Hee Yeon Im

Associate Scientific Research Staff, Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

2020

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Hee Yeon Im received her Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. The overall goal of her research is to understand the dynamic brain processes of perception and cognition that mediate the adaptive behaviors of humans and neurodevelopment foundations of these processes. At the FNNDSC, she utilized multimodal approaches combining neuroimaging techniques (MEG and fMRI) and behavioral measurements (psychophysics and eye-tracking). One of her current research projects was to develop a decoding method for reconstructing perceptual representations of external stimuli based on MEG signals in young children's developing brains (from 6 months to 4 years old). She was also engaged in clinical research projects that investigate neurophysiological bases of neurological disorders such as epilepsy and succinct semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency (SSADHD).

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Lucca Zampolli

Graduate Student Intern

2020

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Lucca is currently finishing medical school in Brazil, and is really found of Clinical research. This year, he was an intern of the NIRS group, and he worked on clinical research, such as the Encephalopathy Score for subjects.

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Fan-Yu (Ivy) Yen

Graduate Student Intern

2020

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Fan-Yu Yen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in the same field. At the FNNDSC, she worked in the engineering team within the NIRS group. She also worked on the signal processing and analysis of autoregulation data.

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Marina Solti

Graduate Student Intern

2020

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Marina is a medical student at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. In 2020, she worked as a Graduate Student Intern at the FNNDSC on the MRI team, focusing on Diffusion MRI and Tractography.

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Francesco Nasta

Graduate Student Intern

2020

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Francesco is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. He received his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering in 2018 from University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. His role at FNNDSC focused on methods to optimize non-invasive electrical and magnetic source imaging of epileptiform activity in patients undergoing surgery.

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Giulia Iandolo

Graduate Student Intern

2020

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Giulia Iandolo is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. She received her Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering in 2018 from University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. At the FNNDSC, she worked on investigating changes in the EEG of children with epilepsy following repeated surgery.