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Danlei Chen, Postdoctoral Researcher

Danlei Chen, Postdoctoral Researcher

Danlei received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northeastern University focusing on the functional involvement of the human brainstem in cognition using ultra-high field fMRI. Her general interest is in investigating whole-brain neural dynamics that regulate the autonomic systems over time, especially during different levels of arousal. Currently, she uses fast, high-resolution neuroimaging, measures in both central and peripheral physiology, and computational approaches to explore the relationship between changes in BOLD signals, cerebrospinal fluid flow, and peripheral physiological patterns across a spectrum of arousal states.

Brandon Dormes

Brandon Dormes

Brandon recently graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied cognitive science with a focus on human cooperation. He conducted research at the PhilLab on causal reasoning using online game theory studies and physics simulations, and he wrote his thesis at the SCRAP Lab on social signal prediction using machine learning techniques. Brandon hopes to pursue clinical psychology and study methods that allow practitioners to predict the most effective treatment for a patient. Broadly, he is interested in learning more signal processing, machine learning, and brain state transitions.

Banban Tan

Banban Tan

Banban recently graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in neuroscience major and philosophy minor with Honors and Honors Carolina laureate. She worked in Dr. Charlotte Boettiger’s lab and finished an independent honor thesis on early binge drinking’s effect on value-based attentional bias as well as neural activity in the caudate. In her free time, she enjoys practicing karate, hiking, and writing sci-fi.

Rashmina Sayeeda, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rashmina Sayeeda, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rashmina is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and is expected to graduate in 2024. Her research interests include understanding the effects of sleep deprivation on people with and without depression. Apart from school, she likes to cook new recipes and travel!

Massinissa Bosli, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Massinissa Bosli, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Massinissa is an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Machine Learning at Boston University and plans to graduate in 2024. His interests include coding, machine learning, and using AI in medicine. Outside of school, he enjoys playing soccer, running, and sailing. Currently, Massi is assisting in collecting data for the sleep deprivation studies.

Joseph Licata, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Joseph Licata, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Joseph is an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, expecting to graduate in 2025. His interests include optimizing the functionality of neurotechnology, studying neurodegenerative disorders, and examining how sleep deprivation affects the emotional centers of the brain. Outside of school, he enjoys making music as well as working on independent engineering projects.

Anne-Sophie, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Anne-Sophie, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Anne-Sophie is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience and psychology and is graduating in 2023. She is interested in the relationship between brain activity and cognition. Outside of school, she likes to play piano, read, and visit new places.

Marissa Ruiz, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Marissa Ruiz, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Marissa is an undergraduate student studying biomedical engineering who is expecting to graduate in 2025. She is interested in biomedical devices ranging from prosthetics to MRI scanners and everything in between. She currently assists with data collection for the sleep deprivation studies. Outside of school Marissa is involved with the BU figure skating team. She also loves to cook!

Courtney Zambello, Lab Manager

Courtney Zambello, Lab Manager

Courtney Zambello is the Lab Manager in the Lewis Lab. She received her Master of Public Health from Boston University with a concentration in Program Management. She was a scholar athlete at Merrimack College and graduated with a B.S. in Health Sciences and as a Board-Certified Athletic Trainer. She previously worked as a Triage Specialist at Boston University in the Heathway Division and as the Head Athletic Trainer at Pembroke High School, specializing in concussion protocols. Courtney currently volunteers for the World Health Organization assisting in generating a user-friendly database regarding drug pricing transparency on the global scale.


Stephanie Anawke, Research Assistant

Stephanie Anawke, Research Assistant

Stephanie is a recent graduate who majored in neuroscience and minored in math. While in undergrad, she became interested in computational neuroscience, leading her to investigate the function of beta waves in decision-making at the Chand Lab and to study how mice compute visual motion through the Janelia Research Program. She is interested in learning more about computational methods and models applied in the field of clinical research and medicine.

Ronald Huang, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ronald Huang, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ronald is an undergraduate student interested in using software to study brain activity and other areas of biomedical engineering. Outside of school, he enjoys working out and playing volleyball and tennis.

Irene Zhu, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Irene Zhu, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Irene is an undergraduate student studying Physics and is expected to graduate in 2023. Her interest include studying the brain using imaging methods such as MRI. Outside of school, she likes skating and playing volleyball.

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