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, the Society for Neuroscience Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award, the One Mind Rising Star Award, the 1907 Trailblazer Award, the Sloan Fellowship, and the Searle Scholar Award.  

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 .

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.

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. 

Josh Levitt, Graduate Student

Josh is a PhD student in the biomedical engineering department at BU. He also has a MS in biomedical engineering from Brown University and a BS in biology from Bates College. While at Brown, as part of the Pain and Neural Circuits Laboratory, he studied how we can use EEG to better measure and diagnose pain, and helped develop new ways to identify EEG artifacts. His interests include signal processing and machine learning.

Sydney Bailes, Graduate Student

Sydney is a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering at George Washington University in 2019 where she participated in research related to infrared imaging for breast cancer detection. Her interests include signal processing, functional brain connectivity, and the study of neurodegenerative diseases.

Cormac Kelly, Graduate Student

Cormac Kelly is a PhD student in the graduate program for biomedical engineering at Boston University. He graduated from Clemson University in 2019 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematical Sciences. While at Clemson, he participated in a research project to develop affordable capacitive touch sensors in actuated prostheses for amputees. His research interests include analyzing fluid behaviors in the brain and understanding their relationship to neurological diseases.

Stephanie Williams, Graduate Student

Stephanie is an incoming PhD student in the Brain, Behavior, and Cognition program. She 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. Her research interests include understanding the relationship between neural activity, systemic physiology, blood flow, and cerebrospinal fluid flow across different arousal states. She is also interested in understanding the antidepressant effects of sleep deprivation therapy for individuals with depression.   

Zach Diamandis, Lab Manager

Zach is a recent graduate of Harvard University, where he received his BA in Statistics with a minor in Psychology. At Harvard, Zach worked in the Gershman Lab modeling the effects of context and group distance on decision making in perceptual tasks. Previously, he worked at the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair studying stem-cell therapy for stroke-induced inflammation in rodent models. Zach’s other research interests include high-dimensional data visualization, techniques for analyzing noisy data, and predictive modeling.

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.

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.

Chirasmita Kompella, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chirasmita is an undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering, expected to graduate in 2022. She is a Distinguished Summer Research Fellow. Her interests lie in understanding how whole-brain activity is impacted by external & lifestyle factors such as sleep or age, through computational modeling and data analysis. Currently, she is involved in creating tasks for data collection and assisting data analysis for the sleep deprivation studies.