Laura Lewis, Principal Investigator

Laura Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from MIT and conducted postdoctoral research as a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. She is the recipient of an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and received the Society for Neuroscience Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award.

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ldlewis@bu.edu

Jingyuan Chen, Postdoctoral Researcher

Jingyuan Chen is a postdoc fellow at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2017, with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Statistics. Her thesis work focused on developing methodology to characterize spontaneous brain dynamics, and probing the biophysical mechanisms of fast fMRI signals. She is currently interested in integrating high-field single-vessel MR imaging and multi-model techniques to understand the origins of brain resting state signals.

jechen@mgh.harvard.edu

Daniel Gomez, Postdoctoral Researcher

Daniel completed his Ph.D. (Engineering Physics / Neuroscience) at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour of the Radboud University Nijmegen. His thesis project, part of a collaboration between the Donders Institute and Siemens Healthcare, focused on optimising fMRI pulse sequences and analysis pipelines developed in academia and bringing them to the industry. Besides MR pulse sequence programming, he has more recently started investigating the potential of ultra-fast fMRI to enable novel data analysis techniques for both task and resting-state fMRI .

epgomez@bu.edu

Beverly Setzer, Graduate Student

Beverly Setzer is a student in the graduate program for neuroscience at Boston University. She received her BS in Mathematics with a minor in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University in 2018. As a part of NC State’s Biomathematics Research Training Group, she helped develop a method for detecting hidden nodes in neuronal networks using non-linear Kalman filtering and worked in a neuroscience lab where she studied the effects of Estrogen on medium spiny neuron excitability. Her research interests include investigating neural dynamics through modeling and data analysis techniques.

bsetzer@bu.edu

Jeff Tsang, Graduate Student

Jeff is a Biomedical Engineering graduate student in the lab. He graduated from Rice University in 2015 with a BS in Bioengineering. During his time in Houston, he developed a method to eliminate microbial growth on clothing in low resource environments using ultraviolet radiation. After working at Epic Systems, he is back in Boston pursuing a Masters degree at Boston University. His research interest is in methods of measuring and minimizing noise from motion artifacts in fMRI-EEG.

jeffyts@bu.edu

Zinong Yang, Graduate Student

Zinong Yang is currently a graduate student in the Graduate Program for Neuroscience at Boston University. She graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2017 with a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Philosophy. During her undergraduate years, she worked as a research assistant studying visual long-term memory and testing new P300 speller. After graduating, she spent two years as a lab assistant investigating the role of gamma synchronization and cross-frequency interaction in working memory. Her research interests include signal processing and multi-scale neuroscience. 

ziy027@bu.edu

Stephanie Williams, Lab Manager

Stephanie received a BA in Neuroscience from the University of Chicago, where she worked in the Awh-Vogel lab investigating interactions between attention and working memory. She has previously worked as a Kimpton Fellow at Yale, and with Professor Christine Hooker at Rush Medical Center.  Her current research focus includes advanced analysis methods for simultaneous EEG -fast fMRI data. 

sdwilli@bu.edu

Nina Fultz, Research Assistant

Nina Fultz is a Research Assistant in the lab. She has worked as a research assistant with Laura at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2016, and has also worked on the MGH's main campus. She graduated from Stonehill College in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience.

nfultz@bu.edu

Nicole Tacugue, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nicole Tacugue is working in the Lewis Lab through Boston University's Directed Study program. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in psychology, expected to graduate in 2021. She has previously worked at Boston Medical Center as an administrative assistant for the department of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Currently, she combines her interests in artistic design and neuroscience by creating informational graphics for the BU Undergraduate Neuroscience program's social media.

bnt@bu.edu

Zenia Valdiviezo, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Zenia is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. She is expected to graduate in 2022. Her interests include coding and computational modeling, particularly in computational modeling in relation to whole-brain activity and neural dynamics. She is currently involved with assisting in the collection of neuroimaging data for the sleep deprivation studies as well as general data analysis for previous and concurrent studies.

zmvaldiv@bu.edu

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Lab Alumni

  • Katherine Franklin, MS student

  • Uday Agrawal, HHMI Medical Fellow (now medical student at Harvard)

  • Kanupriya Gupta, undergrad RA (now medical student at Pittsburgh)

  • Molly Albrecht, undergrad RA (now medical student at Michigan)