Principal Investigator | Post-Doctoral Fellows | Reseach Assistants | Alumni | External Collaborators

Principal Investigator:

Dara S. Manoach, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a neuropsychologist who received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. She completed a clinical psychology internship at McLean Hospital and a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Behavioral Neurology Unit of Beth Israel Hospital. She is based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for biomedical imaging and in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Investigator:

Yigal Agam, PhD received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering at Ben Gurion University in Israel, and his PhD in neuroscience at Brandeis University. His doctoral dissertation focused on visual memory and representation of serial order in memory, and involved behavioral and EEG experiments. He later performed research in visual object recognition using invasive recordings with epilepsy patients at Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is currently interested in neural mechanisms related to adaptive behavior and error correction in normal subjects and in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Charmaine Demanuele
Bengi Baran, Ph.D. received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at Bogazici University in Turkey and her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For her doctoral dissertation, she investigated the neural underpinnings of sleep-dependent consolidation of declarative memory in healthy young and older adults. Broadly, her research involves investigating the cognitive function of sleep and how neuropsychiatric disorders may disrupt this function. She is currently interested in the relationship between sleep physiology and memory consolidation in individuals with schizophrenia.

Research Assistants:

Trang Nguyen, BA received her BA in Neuroscience with a secondary field in Psychology from Harvard in 2011. She has previously worked in Moshe Bar's lab investigating the neural networks underlying the interplay between mood regulation and associative processing in patients with Major Depressive Disorder. Her current research uses a multimodal MRI approach to evaluate whether individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) differ from typically-developing individuals in brain function and structure and whether these differences may be related to certain genes and ASD symptoms.
Tessa Vuper, BA received her BA in Psychology from Hendrix College in 2012. Her previous research evaluated the effect of identity fusion on punishment and self-protection in college students. She is currently conducting research that uses MRI and high-density EEG to investigate sleep-dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia.
David Correll, BS received his BS in Neurochemistry from Trinity College in May, 2013. His previous research focused on the correlation of prospective memory and medication adherence in schizophrenia. He is currently conducting research on the effect of Eszopiclone on sleep architecture and sleep-dependent memory consolidation using MRI and high-density EEG.

Undergraduate Student:

Nour Azzouz is an undergraduate student at Wellesley College,concentrating in neuroscience. She is currently investigating functional connectivity patterns underlying ADHD symptoms in autism spectrum disorder.

Alumni:

Leonidas Mantonakis, M.D., PhD candidate received his medical degree from the university of Athens Medical School, Greece in 2006 and completed his residency in psychiatry at Eginitio , University Hospital, Athens, in 2012. He developed a special interest in patients with schizophrenia, and as part of his PhD thesis he is starting a research study involving functional neuro- imaging in this patient group. At Dara Manoach’s lab he is getting training in imaging analysis techniques.
Mimi Tanski is currently a pre-med sophomore at Harvard University concentrating in history. She is involved in research using functional connectivity MRI analysis to determine differences between individuals with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing individuals.
Chindhuri S, BA received her BA in Neuroscience from Wellesley College in 2010. She has previously studied the link between adult neurogenesis, mood disorders, and antidepressants. Her current research interests include analysis of cognitive control via neuroimaging in schizophrenia, autism, and OCD, as well as sleep-dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia.
Marlisa Isom, BS received her BS in psychology from SIUE in 2003. Her research interests include neuroimaging and cognitive control in schizophrenia and autism. She plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience with the goal of implementing fMRI, MEG, and DTI to better understand the structural and functional correlates of behavior in these populations.
Ann Shinn, MD, MPH received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and Behavior at Columbia University, Master of Public Health degree from UCLA, and medical degree from UCSF. She completed her psychiatry residency at the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program and subsequently participated as a research fellow in the Harvard-MIT Clinical Investigator Training Program. She studies the neurobiology underlying psychotic symptoms in Dost Öngür's Psychotic Disorders Lab at McLean Hospital. Her current research uses a multimodal MRI approach to investigate vulnerability to auditory hallucinations. She also collaborates with Drs. Manoach and Stickgold on studies of sleep-dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia.
Kara Dyckman, PhD received her BA in Psychology from Bucknell University, and her PhD from the University of Georgia (Cognitive/Experimental Psychology). Her research has focused on the effect of practice on performance and brain activity during saccade tasks. For her dissertation, Kara used both fMRI and EEG to determine where and when changes occur after practicing a saccade task for a week. She is also interested in how the context in which a task is presented affects both behavior and the neural circuitry supporting task performance. In Dr. Manoach's lab, she will investigate how trial history affects brain activity in healthy individuals and schizophrenia patients and will explore the role of sleep in the consolidation of learning.
Adrian KC Lee, ScD received his BE degree in Electrical Engineering at University of New South Wales in Australia, and his doctorate at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program) with a concentration in Signal and System Analysis. His doctoral dissertation focused on understanding how people utilize auditory spatial cues to segregate sounds in cacophonous environments (also known as the "Cocktail Party Problem"). Please visit his website: www.akclee.com for his latest research news and interests.
Peichi Tu, MD received his M.D. in Medical School of Yang Ming University, and his M.A. in the philosophy department of Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. His current research interest is using fMRI to investigate the functional connectivity between different brain regions in psychiatric illness, with special focus on the default mode network and its interaction with dorsal attention network.
Kim Emiko Ono, BA will start her graduate training in the fall of 2008 at the University of Miami in the Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Heather Henderson. Her research interests include psychophysiology research in pediatric autism as well as autism intervention and assessment research.
Jeremy Young, BA received his BA in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry from Boston University. He has much experience with fMRI and MEG acquisition and analysis as well as experience administering neuropsychological tests, and working with rodents. His research interests include memory in conjunction with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. Jeremy is currently Lab Manager and Neuroimaging Manager in the lab of Suzanne Corkin at MIT.
Szymon Mikulski, BA is a former research assistant. His work focused on the design and optimization of the lab's MEG analysis stream, and the identification of the neural basis of saccadic preparation. Originally from Poland, Szymon is a graduate of the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific and received his B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from Colby College. He is currently working as a Project Manager for FORGE, in the Maheba refugee settlement in Zambia. Upon return, Szymon hopes to attend medical school.
Frida E. Polli, PhD received her PhD in Psychology from Suffolk University, and completed her dissertation work in my lab at MGH. She then went on to a postdoc at MIT in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Department with John Gabrieli. Deciding that she was interested in pursuing commercial applications of neuroscience, she is now a second year at Harvard Business School.
Katy N. Thakkar, BS is currently in a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University under the supervision of Dr. Sohee Park. Her research interests include the basic cognitive underpinnings of how we understand the actions and emotions of others and the neural correlates of these functions. Specifically, Katy is interested in how deficits in these cognitive functions in schizophrenia might contribute to social impairments in this clinical population.
Matthew S. Cain, BS received his B.S. in brain and cognitive science from MIT and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in the lab of Dr. Art Shimamura. His dissertation work compared cognitive conflict generated by task switching and that generated by distractor filtering using both behavior and fMRI. Matt is currently a post-doc at Duke University in the lab of Dr. Stephen Mitroff studying how factors such as expertise, emotional state, and individual differences affect cognitive control and visual attention.
Kristen Lindgren, M.D., Ph.D. is currently a pediatric neurology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her degrees at Boston University School of Medicine and conducted her doctoral research in the Lab of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience under the direction of Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg. For her thesis she used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate volumetric differences in language-related cortex and the structural integrity of white matter connecting language regions in children with autism and their siblings. She plans on continuing her work in autism through research and by pursuing a fellowship in neurodevelopmental disorders after residency.
So Young Moon, MD, MS is currently a neurologist at Ajou Medical Center, Suwon, Korea and an instructor in Neurology at School of Medicine, Ajou University. So Young is interested in the field of cognitive neuro-ophthalmology. Her research interests include various saccadic impairment and its meaningfulness in neurodegenerative disease.
Meghan Searl, PhD, ABCN is currently a full-time clinical neuropsychologist at Brigham & Women's Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

External Collaborators:

Jason Barton, MD PhD: Neuroophthalmology
http://www.neuroophthalmology.ca/UBCNeuroOp/JBarton/FrJBhome.html

Frank Guenther, MS, PhD: Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
http://www.bu.edu/sargent/academics/faculty/slhs-programs/frank-guenther-ms-phd/

Dost Ongur, MD PhD
http://www.mclean.harvard.edu/research/clinicalunit/sbdp.php

Daniel Press, MD: Parkinson's Disease cognitive deficits
http://bidmc.harvard.edu/display.asp?leaf_id=4377

Ann Shinn, MD, MPH: Sleep dependent memory consolidation
http://www.mclean.harvard.edu/about/bios/detail.php?username=akshinn

Bob Stickgold, PhD: Sleep and cognition
http://sleep.med.harvard.edu/people/faculty/220/Robert+Stickgold+PhD

Erin Wamsley, PhD: Psychiatry
https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/profiles/profile/person/63376

In Memoriam:

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Jesse Friedman, BA Jesse was an exceptional research assistant in the Manoach Lab for 2 years. Jesse specialized in freesurfer data analysis and quality control on several ongoing projects within the lab and with its collaborators.