TRANSCEND is a network of like-minded researchers and clinicians devoted to pooling and integrating brain and body knowledge and research to help people with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Partnering in all research and treatment efforts will speed our progress toward understanding how best to help and support each person with ASD and everyone in their lives. Pictured below are some of our team members!
Upon graduating from Brandeis University, Lauren joined the group as a research coordinator in October 2011. She administers psychological and behavioral testing and also supports our participants during the MEG, MRI, and PING studies.
Santosh Ganesan is an engineer in our group. He works on analyzing brain connectivity, functional mapping, and MEG data analysis/processing. He has done his MS in signal processing from Boston University and has undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and biology from Brandeis University.
Sara is a research coordinator who supports our participants for the Whole Baby Infant Siblings Study. She also helps with autonomic data collection and database creation and management for the study. Before joining TRANSCEND, she was a research assistant at MIT Media Lab helping to prepare a pilot study using the autonomic sensor now being used by TRANSCEND.
Shantanu is a Research Fellow in our group. Currently he is working on multimodal modelling of neural systems to discover structure-function relationships. At the cellular level, his research focuses on understanding the role of calcium in brain energetics and metabolic-immune interactions among astrocytes and neurons in both healthy individuals and in persons with neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism. Before joining Transcend, he was an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi.
Sheraz Khan is a PostDoc in our group. He works on MEG methods, brain connectivity and MEG data analysis/processing. He has done his MS in signal processing and currently finishing PhD in applied mathematics. Before joining at MGH, he was a graduate student at Froedtert Hospital-Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA and Pitie Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, France.
Manfred is a post doc in our group. He works on general MEG methods, brain connectivity, and graph theoretical analysis of brain networks. Before joining at MGH he was a post doc in Ed Bullmore's group in Cambridge, UK where he analyzed fMRI and MEG recordings to study criticality in brain dynamics, as well as the reorganization of brain networks with cognitive demand. He received his MS in Physics from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and his PhD from the Max-Planck Institute of Astrophysics in Munich, Germany.
Dr. Singh is a physician working with our group. After completing his medical school education in India, he pursued his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University. Dr Singh helps with our Biomarkers studies where he assists with collection, processing and storage of biosamples. He is also proficient in statistics and helps in statistical analysis of the imaging data. He also helps with the database creation and management for our various studies.
Coming all the way from California, Manuel is a research coordinator in our group. Before joining the TRANSCEND Team, he received his MA in clinical psychology at Cal State Dominguez Hills and his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of California, Irvine. Manuel administers psychological and behavioral testing as well as provides support for our participants during the MEG, MRI, and PING studies.
Jade Ong is an intern and rising senior at Tufts University. In her free time, Jade is the president of a dance performance troop at school. She is currently majoring in Clinical Psychology and Art History. After graduation, she hopes to attend a clinical psychology program.
Lia Harrington, Volunteer
Sarah Campbell, BA, Volunteer
Louisa Harrison, Volunteer
Meg Lardy, Volunteer
Nitzah Gebhard, BA, Research Coordinator
Nandita Shetty, MS, Neuroimaging Engineer
Jung Suh, PhD, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Lorin Wilde, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology