Bruce E. Hetzler

Professor, Psychology, Lawrence University

Interests: neuropharmacology, effects of alcohol on the brain, computer analysis of brain waves

Jacopo Annese, PhD – UCSD

Assistant Professor, UCSD School of Medicine
President/CEO, Institute for Brain and Society
Affiliate, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies

Dr. Annese's primary goal in the field of neuroscience is to conduct research that is open to public engagement and promotes the highest standards in data sharing and collaboration within the scientific community.

Nitin Tandon, MD – UT Health

Associate Professor, The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
Principal Investigator, Neuroimaging & Electrophysiology Lab

Dr. Tandon has co-authored many studies, which have been published in NeuroImage, Journal of Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurosurgery and Human Brain Mapping. His current research studies include “The localization of eloquent cortex using functional imaging and using diffusion tensor imaging tractography” and “The electrophysiological characteristics of language regions.”

Rajesh Menon, PhD – Utah

USTAR Assistant Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
Associate Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah

Dr. Menon's research lies at the intersection of optics and nanotechnology, with special foci on extending the spatial resolution of optics to the nanoscale, and applications of optics in energy. In addition to gaining a deep understanding of the basic physics of the behavior of light and matter at the nanoscale, our research is driven by many exciting applications.

Craig Forest, PhD – Ga. Tech

Associate Professor of Bioengineering and BioMedical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Principal Investigator, Precision Biosystems Laboratory
Facilitator for Invention Studio

Forest conducts research on miniaturized, high-throughput robotic instrumentation to advance neuroscience and genetic science, working at the intersection of bioMEMS, precision machine design, optics, and microfabrication. Prior to Georgia Tech, he was a research fellow in Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Doris Ying Tsao, PhD – Caltech

Professor of biology and biological engineering at Caltech
Director, Tsao Lab

Doris Ying Tsao is a systems neuroscientist interested in the neural mechanisms underlying primate vision i.e. how visual objects are represented in the brain, and how these representations are used to guide behavior. She is investigating mechanisms at multiple stages in the visual hierarchy. Techniques we use include: electrophysiology, fMRI, electrical microstimulation, anatomical tracing, psychophysics, and mathematical modeling.

Elly Nedivi, PhD – MIT

Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Biology, MIT Neuroscience
Principal Investigator, Nedivi Lab

The Nedivi lab, part of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, studies the cellular mechanisms that underlie activity-dependent plasticity in the developing and adult brain through studies of neuronal structural dynamics, identification of the participating genes, and characterization of the proteins they encode.

Mark J Schnitzer, PhD – Stanford

Associate Professor of Biology and Applied Physics, Stanford
HHMI Investigator
Principal Investigator, Schnizer Group

Dr. Schnitzer has longstanding interests in neural circuit dynamics and optical imaging focusing on: the development and application of fiber-optic, micro-optic, and nanophotonic imaging techniques for studies of learning and memory; in vivo fluorescence imaging and behavioral studies of hippocampal-dependent cognition and learning; and development of high-throughput, massively parallel imaging techniques for studying brain function in Drosophila.

Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD – Columbia

Professor, Biological Sciences and Neuroscience and Co-Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University
Member, Multi-Council Working Group (BRAIN Initiative)
Member, Advisory Committee to the Director (NIH)

Dr. Yuste has pioneered the application of imaging techniques, such as calcium imaging of neuronal circuits, two-photon imaging, photostimulation using caged compounds and holographic spatial light modulation microscopy.

Schnitzer Group – Stanford

Principal Investigator: Mark J Schnitzer
Stanford Neurosciencs Institute

The Schnitzer Group has three major research efforts: Development and application of fiber-optic, micro-optic, and nanophotonic imaging techniques for studies of learning and memory in behaving mice and for clinical uses in humans; In vivo fluorescence imaging and behavioral studies of hippocampal-dependent cognition and learning; and Development of high-throughput, massively parallel imaging techniques for studying brain function in large numbers of Drosophila concurrently

Albert Baldwin Goodell – Gray Matter Research

Principal Investigator: Gray Matter Research

Goodell and his company GrayMatter Research focuses on Microdrive Systems and Recording Chamber Systems. For the BRAIN Initiative, Goodell and his colleagues aim to develop optrodes, which are implantable columns of lights and wires for simultaneous electrical recording of neurons and delivery of light flashes to multiple brain areas.

Lihong Wang, PhD – Washington U

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University
Director, Optical Imaging Laboratory

His lab reported the first functional photoacoustic tomography, 3D photoacoustic microscopy (PAM), optical-resolution PAM, photoacoustic Doppler effect, photoacoustic reporter gene imaging, microwave-induced thermoacoustic tomography, the universal photoacoustic reconstruction algorithm, frequency-swept ultrasound-modulated optical tomography, time-reversed ultrasonically encoded (TRUE) optical focusing, sonoluminescence tomography, Mueller-matrix optical coherence tomography, and optical coherence computed tomography.

Tim Gardner, PhD – BU

Assistant Professor of Biology in Boston University Department of Biology
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Principal Investigator, Gardner Lab

Gardner studies the mechanisms of temporal sequence perception and production, focusing on vocal learning in songbirds.The song circuit produces stereotyped structure over a range of time-scales from milliseconds to tens of seconds. He also develops minimally invasive electrodes that provide stable neural recordings in behaving animals.

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, PhD – WVU

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
Director, Brefczynski-Lewis Lab

Brefczynski-Lewis studies how we perceive people we love and people we don’t like, both famous and political, and how training in compassion can affect those perceptions. She is examining the neural and physiological correlates of the liked and disliked persons and how these change after training in compassion. Grudge forgiveness study: fMRI response to the face of the grudge person, as well as cardio and reactive measures will be tested before and after the intervention.

Michael Garwood, PhD – Minnesota

Professor, University of Minnesota
Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

Garwood focus has been on developing cutting-edge MRI and MR spectroscopy techniques and on exploiting them in studies of tissue function, metabolism, and microstructure. An emphasis has been on identifying and validating quantitative metrics to assess normal and disease states non-invasively with imaging, and on applying them to learn about metabolism, hemodynamics, and tissue micro-environment.

X. William Yang, MD/PhD – UCLA

Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UC Los Angeles
Director, X. William Yang Research Group

Yang is interested in using the mouse molecular genetic approach to study the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. One recurring theme in neurodegenerative diseases is that a widely expressed mutant protein can cause highly selective degeneration of a subset of neurons. The pathogenesis of such selective neurodegeneration remains unclear. Currently, we are focusing on Huntington's disease (HD) to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease

Kendall H Lee, MD/PhD – Mayo

Professor of Neurosurgery and Physiology

The research interests of Kendall H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., are to develop deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, tremor, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy. Dr. Lee is fascinated with the possibility of combining sophisticated electrophysiological recordings with miniaturized analytical elements (microprocessors) to augment or repair disrupted function of the brain.

Ivan Soltesz, PhD – UC Irvine

Professor & Chair: Anatomy & Neurobiology, Physiology & Biophysics, and Neurobiology & Behavior
Director, Soltesz Lab

Research Focus: Working to understand: traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic epilepsy, fever-induced (Febrile) seizures in childhood, learning and memory deficits.

Scientific Focus: functions, development and plasticity of hippocampal interneuronal networks. Physiological basis of hyperexcitability. Mechanisms of selective neuronal vulnerability.

Loren M Frank, PhD – UCSF

Core Faculty, Program in Biological Sciences, UCSF Physiology Department
Director: Frank Laboratory

Frank's research interests center around learning and spatial coding in the hippocampal-cortical circuit. Frank is interested in understanding the neural correlates of learning and memory. In particular, his laboratory focuses on the circuitry of the hippocampus and adjacent regions. His goal is to examine the relationships among neural firing patterns, behavior, and anatomy to understand how the brain uses and stores information.

Lin Tian, PhD – UC Davis

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Director, Tian Lab

The goal of Tian's research is to invent new molecular tools for analyzing and engineering functional neural circuits. We also leverage these tools, combined with optical imaging techniques, to study molecular mechanisms of neurological disorders at system level and to empower searching for novel therapeutic treatments.

Kevin J. Staley, MD – Harvard Med

Professor of Child Neurology and Mental Retardation, Harvard Medical School
Unit Chief, Pediatric Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Research Lab

Staley focuses on neuronal ion transport and the spread of activity in neural networks. Research interests include epilepsy, synaptic physiology, and neural network activity. Research techniques used: single cell electrophysiology, in vivo radiotelemetry, ion-sensitive fluorescent imaging of ion transport and neural network activity, computer modeling.

Vincent Allen Pieribone, PhD – Yale

Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neurobiology, Yale University
Fellow, John B. Pierce Laboratory

Dr Pieribone is developing genetically encoded fluorescent probes of membrane electrical potential. These probes allow one to use optical instruments (microscopes) to monitor the electrical activity of neurons. He has also engineered miniature imaging systems that can be head mounted on mammels and allow mobile recording of neuronal activity.

Dean Foster Wong, MD/PhD – JHU

Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science
Radiology Vice Chair, Research Administration and Training
Director Section of High Resolution Brain PET Imaging, Division of Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Wong has used PET scanning to uncover key insights into brain chemistry and to identify receptors for the major neurotransmitters. He oversaw the first dopamine PET receptor imaging in human beings; led the first study suggesting D2 dopamine receptors in schizophrenia, and how dopamine is transported in and out of cells.

Michael Roukes, PhD – CalTech

Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering, CalTech Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Director, Roukes Group

Roukes research activities are currently focused on developing advanced nanodevices, engineering them into complex systems, and using them to enable fundamental problems in neuroscience and proteomics. A continuing thread in theoretical and experimental investigations focuses on fundamental properties of nanomechanical systems.

Allen Song, PhD – Duke

Professor of Radiology, Neurobiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center

Allen Song's research interests focus on the acquisition methodology, processing strategies and contrast mechanism for functional MRI. Additional interests include the application of innovative fMRI acqusition and analysis methods to study functional neuroanatomy.

Michael Dickinson, PhD – Caltech

Zarem Professor of Bioengineering, Caltech Neuroscience
Director, Dickinson Lab

The aim of Dickinson's research is to elucidate the means by which flies accomplish their aerodynamic feats. A rigorous mechanistic description of flight requires an integration of biology, engineering, fluid mechanics, and control theory. The long term goal, however, is not simply to understand the material basis of insect flight, but to develop its study into a model that can provide insight to the behavior and robustness of complex systems in general.

Gregory Hannon, PhD – CSHL

Professor at Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory & HHMI Investigator
Principal Investigator, Hannon Lab

Greg Hannon explores the processes that cells use to turn genes on and off. My work is focused on understanding a relatively new class of cellular pathways, governed by molecules known as small RNAs, that control gene activation and repression. Our studies of small-RNA biology in early development provide insights into human evolution, diversity, and diseases such as cancer.

Alan Jasanoff, PhD – MIT

Associate Professor of Biological Engineering with appointments in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT Neuroscience
Associate member of the McGovern Institute
Principal Investigator, Jasanoff Lab

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has revolutionized our understanding of the human brain, but the method is now approaching the limit of its capabilities. Alan Jasanoff hopes to break through this limit and to develop new technologies for imaging the molecular and cellular phenomena that underlie brain function.

Robert Desimone, PhD – MIT

Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Robert Desimone studies the brain mechanisms that allow us to focus our attention on a specific task while filtering out irrelevant distractions. Our brains are constantly bombarded with sensory information. The ability to distinguish relevant information from irrelevant distractions is a critical skill, one that is impaired in many brain disorders.

Ed Boyden, PhD – MIT

Associate Professor and AT&T Chair, MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Co-Director, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering
Principal Investigator, Synthetic Biology Group

Ed Boyden develops new strategies for analyzing and engineering brain circuits to develop broadly applicable methodologies that reveal fundamental mechanisms of complex brain processes. A major goal of his current work is the development of technologies for controlling nerve cells using light.

David Feinberg, MD/PhD – UCSF

Adjunct professor of neuroscience at UC Berkely and of Radiology at UCSF
Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist and Neuroradiologist
President, Advanced MRI Technologies (AMRIT)

Dr. Feinberg is an internationally recognized expert on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), with numerous publications and research studies to his credit. In addition, he holds many patents in MRI technology

Mriganka Sur, PhD – MIT

Professor of Neuroscience, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Director, Simons Center for the Social Brain
Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Mriganka Sur

Dr. Sur studies the organization, development and plasticity of the cerebral cortex of the brain using experimental and theoretical approaches. He has discovered fundamental principles by which networks of the cerebral cortex are wired during development and change dynamically during learning.

Ian Wickersham, PhD – MIT

Research Scientist
Head of MIT Genetic Neuroengineering Group

Research interests: viral vector engineering, synthetic biology. Engineering genetic tools for neuroscience.

2014 Chemistry Nobel Prize

“The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy".

For a long time optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain a better resolution than half the wavelength of light. Helped by fluorescent molecules the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2014 ingeniously circumvented this limitation. "Their ground-breaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension", Nobel committee......

Lawrence Wald, Phd – Harvard Med

Associate Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Associate Biophysicist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, MGH NMR Core, Martinos Center

Technique development for high field imaging of the Brain. Development of 7 Tesla scanner and coils for imaging human brain function, highly parallel phased array coil development for 3T and 7T, Parallel transmit methods for B1+ mitigation in the head at 7T, and highly accelerated echo volume imaging.

Wei Chen, PhD – Minnesota

Professor, Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Faculty, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

Chen's research focuses on development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/spectroscopy (MRS) methodologies and technologies for noninvasively studying cellular metabolism, bioenergetics, function and dysfunction of the brain and other organs. He has been a principal investigator for a large number of NIH RO1 grants, served as grant reviewer for many funding organizations and editorial boards for imaging journals.

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