Graduate Students


Razan AlotaibiName: Razan Alotaibi

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Karin Schon, PhD

Research Summary: Razan is studying the influence of exercise on cognitive abilities through correlating processed structural MRI data with tasks of spatial navigation and executive function in older humans.


Name: Amara Ayoub

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD


Katharine BabcockName: Katharine Babcock

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ann McKee, MD

Research Summary: Katie is investigating potential mechanisms of blood-brain-barrier dysfunction and its relationship to neurodegeneration in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) using immunohistochemical and immunofluorescent techniques.


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Name: Karen Bottenfield

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Tara Moore, PhD

Research Summary: Karen is studying cortical injury and mechanisms of recovery from cortical injury.


Chris Brooks Photo 2018.04.23Name: Chris Brooks

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Kevin “Kip” Thomas, MBA, PhD

Research Summary: Chris is using video annotation software and wearable sensors to quantitatively assess the functional and motor impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease.


chloe yi buName: Yi (Chloe) Bu

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Douglas Rosene, PhD

Research Summary: Chloe is studying the effects of normal aging on the primate brain.


Name: JoColl Burgess

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ki Goosens, PhD (MGH)

Research Summary: JoColl is studying calcium dynamics and spatial organization of neurons in the amygdala during extinction in mice.


Samantha CalderazzoName: Samantha Calderazzo

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Tara Moore, PhD

Research Summary: Samantha is studying the effects of cortical injury on the primate brain.


Wayne ChangName: Wayne Chang

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Jennifer Luebke, PhD

Research Summary: Wayne is studying studying the effects of normal aging on diverse areas of the primate brain and the efficacy of dietary curcumin in preventing age-related changes.


Matthew_Czech_HeadshotName: Matthew Czech

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Kevin “Kip” Thomas, MBA, PhD

Research Summary: Matthew is studying motor dysfunction and its treatment in Parkinson’s Disease.


renee devivoName: Renee DeVivo

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ron Killiany, PhD

Research Summary: Renee is analyzing cognitive impairment in the aging human brain and how such changes are reflected in the hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, and other cortical regions utilizing structural MRI.


amr elmansouryName: Amr Elmansoury

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Elizabeth Whitney, PhD

Research Summary: Amr is studying the branching point and course of the motor branch of the nerve to vastus medialis.

 


Alan EspinalName: Alan Espinal Martinez

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ki Goosens, PhD (MGH)

Research Summary: Nuclear translocation of glucocorticoid receptors in pyramidal neurons in the hippocampus of adrenalectomized mice


Name: Yi Guan

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD

 


Guanying He

Name: Guanying He

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Jennifer Luebke, PhD and Maya Medalla, PhD

Research Summary: Guanying is studying the effects of mutant Huntingtin on the striatal neuropil of a mouse model of Huntington’s disease.


Name: Elva House

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD

 


Name:  Karim Hussain Ismat

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD

 


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Name: Kathryn Kern

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Karin Schon, PhD

Research Summary: Katie’s research examines the effects of exercise on the medial temporal lobe memory system in human aging using structural and functional neuroimaging and exercise physiology techniques.


Leblang

Name: Chelsey LeBlang

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Jennifer Luebke, PhD

Research Summary: Chelsey is studying the relationship between stress granule biology, inflammation, and tau pathology in a mouse model of tauopathy.


Evelyn Yee Fun LeeName: Evelyn Yee Fun Lee

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Brian Bacskai, PhD (MGH)

Research Summary: Evelyn is studying the disruption of slow oscillations in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease using multiphoton imaging and optogenetics.


Songjun William Li

Name: Songjun William Li

Program: MD/PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ziv Williams, MD (MIT)

Research Summary: Will is studying the neural mechanisms underlying social dynamics and social decision making in mice and monkeys using optogenetics and electrophysiological approaches.


Lim

Name: Seh Hong (Chris) Lim

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Jennifer Luebke, PhD, and Ki Ann Goosens, PhD (MGH)

Research Summary: Chris is using optogentics to identify the brain regions that govern the classical conditioning principles (contingency and contiguity) in the fear neural circuitry.


alex loboName: Alexander Lobo

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Douglas Rosene, PhD

Research Summary: Alexander is studying the effects of normal aging on the primate brain.


Elizabeth Marco

Name: Elizabeth Marco

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Elizabeth Whitney, PhD

Research Summary: TBD

 


Anastasia Murati

Name: Anastasia Murati

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ron Killiany, PhD

Research Summary: TBD


Name: Rakin Nasar

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD

 


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Name: Nick Nicoletti

Program: M.S. in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Jennifer Luebke, PhD

Research Summary: Nick utilizes electron microscopy to study microglial cell infiltration of the synaptic cleft and its relation to tau pathology in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.


Name: Kayla Nist

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD

 


Name: Junwoo (Louis) Park

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD

 


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Name: Yashar Rahimpour, MS

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ronald Killiany, PhD

Research Summary: Yashar is using structural MRI techniques such as diffusion in conjunction with functional MRI to study the Default Mode Network and its relationship in the healthy brain, aging brain, and cerebrovascular disease models.


David Swain-1Name: David Swain

Program: MD/PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Haiyan Gong, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Summary: David aims to investigate the mechanisms of increased resistance in the trabecular outflow pathway of glaucomatous eyes.


TrecartinName: Katelyn Trecartin

Program: MD/PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Douglas Rosene, PhD

Research Summary: Katelyn is looking at various inflammatory pathways associated with the white matter pathology observed in the normal aging primate brain.


A.Tsolias

Name: Alexandra Tsolias

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Maya Medalla, PhD

Research Summary: Alexandra is studying the neuronal circuitry of the prefrontal cortex and associated limbic brain areas in the primate.


ajay uprety

Name: Ajay Uprety

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Douglas Rosene, PhD and Tara Moore, PhD

Research Summary: Ajay’s research interests include the effects of aging on cognition, learning and memory.

 


lauren zajac

Name: Lauren Zajac, MS

Program: PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ronald Killiany, PhD

Research Summary: Lauren is using structural and functional MRI to study how aging affects the human brain. Her work is largely focused on how normal aging affects brain regions involved in visual motion perception and spatial navigation.


Name: Wei Zhang

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD

 


Annie Zhang

Name: Zannan (Annie) Zhang

Program: M.S. in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: Ronald Killiany, PhD

Research Summary: Zannan is studying changes in white matter, cortical parcellations, and subcortical segmentations using NODDI and TRACULA processing methods for structural MRI scans in elderly adults at varying stages of mild cognitive impairment.


Name: Yuxin Zhou

Program: Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Advisor: TBD

Research Summary: TBD