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Banu Ahtam, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Academic Title

 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Department

 Newborn Medicine

 Phone

 781-216-1135

 Fax

 617-730-4671

 

 Location

 9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453

 Email

 Banu Ahtam

Dr. Ahtam received her BA in Psychology from Koc University (Istanbul, Turkey). She obtained her MSc in Research in Psychology and PhD (DPhil) in Psychiatry from the University of Oxford.  She investigated language processing in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for her doctoral research. The main goals of her study were to use magnetoencephalography (MEG) to investigate sentence context effects on the understanding of individual words and semantic ambiguity resolution during reading in individuals with ASD and in typically developing (TD) individuals.

For her post-doctoral research at CHB, Dr. Ahtam is using MEG and electroencephalography (EEG) to study brain function during the early stages of development of TD children, children with ASD, and children with related neurological disorders such as Tuberous Sclerosis Complex,  under the guidance of Dr. Ellen Grant and Dr. Yoshio Okada. Dr. Ahtam is also interested in studying brain connectivity in these clinical populations using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).

Her research interests include:

  • Brain functions and connectivity during early stages of development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
  • MEG, EEG, DTI

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Myong-Sun Choe, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Academic Title

 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department

 Newborn Medicine

 

Phone

 857-218-5141

Fax

 617-730-4671

 

Location

 1 Autumn Street

 

 

 Boston, MA 02215

 

Email

 Myong-Sun Choe

Dr. Choe holds an MD from the Tokyo Women's Medical University in Japan. She completed her residency in pediatrics and clinical fellowship in child mental health at the Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. Her current research projects focus on volumetric and morphometric analyses of the infant brain, structural and functional correlation of normally developing infant brains, and the characterization of brain development in patients with perinatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury.

Her research interests include:

  • Infant brain development
  • Cognitive and psychological development of infants and children

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Mike Cornish
Senior Administrative Associate

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 Hospital Title

 Senior Administrative Associate

 Department

 Newborn Medicine

 Phone

 857-218-5111

 Fax

 617-730-4671

 Location

 1 Autumn Street

 

 Boston, MA 02215

 Email

 Mike Cornish

Mike joined the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center in July of 2009. He is a graduate of Skidmore College with a bachelors degree in English.  Mike manages the multifaceted administrative workload for the Center, and provides support for Dr. Grant and the Center's researchers.

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Chiran Doshi
MEG System Technician

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 Hospital Title

 MEG System Technician

 Department

 Neurology

 Phone

 857-218-5111

 Fax 

 617-730-4671

 Location

 9 Hope Avenue

 

 Waltham, MA 02453

 Email

 Chiran Doshi

Chiran's current work includes the development of the baby squid prototype that will help us understand the functioning of normal child brains as well as neurological disorders like epilepsy. His research at the Medical College of Wisconsin is geared towards adult epileptic patients, and identifying the seizure onset zone by means of algorithms forms his primary research goal. It involves analyzing the ECOG and the MEG data and merging the information available from both the modalities for better localization of SOZ. Chiran's previous research included identifying gait patterns from EMG data of normal subjects by means of neural networks. The final aim of the project was to develop an active prosthesis that adjusted according to the locomotion of the subject and mimicked natural movements. As part of a pattern recognition course during graduate school, he was involved in identifying the patterns of freshman year students that had a higher probability of joining the university, which helped the university focus on such students.

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Marie Drottar, MA
Research Assistant

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Hospital Title

 Research Assistant

Department

 Newborn Medicine

Phone

 857-218-5141

Fax

 617-730-4671

Location

 1 Autumn Street, AU652

 

 Boston, MA 02215

Email

 Marie Drottar

Marie Drottar is a Research Assistant in the Fetal-Neuroimaging and Development Center.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Neurobiology, and she graduated with a Masters Degree in Bioimaging from Boston University School of Medicine in 2011.  In her previous work at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary she worked on an in-vivo animal model of the neuronal connections between the brainstem and the auditory cortex.  She is currently collaborating with the Bioimaging program at Boston University to build a high field magnetic resolution atlas of the guinea pig brain and brainstem.

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Angela Fenogli
Study Coordinator

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 Hospital Title

 Study Coordinator

 Department

 Neurology, Newborn Medicine

 Phone

 857-218-5141

 Fax

 617-730-4671

 Location

 1 Autumn Street

 

 Boston, MA 02215

 Email

 Angela Fenoglio

Website

 http://scholar.harvard.edu/afenoglio

Angela joined the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center in 2010. She works on studies using noninvasive optical methods to characterize brain infant brain development. She is also pursuing a master's degree in Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she worked as a graduate research assistant in the Laboratory for Developmental Studies on a project using near infrared spectroscopy to investigate the neural correlates of infants' understanding of intentional actions. Angela previously spent two years as a project coordinator in Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg's Laboratory of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston University, where she was involved in projects using MRI, DTI, EEG, and behavioral testing to examine social, affective, and language processing in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. While completing her psychology B.A. at Boston University, she worked on studies of visual attention in Dr. David Somers' Perceptual Neuroimaging Laboratory.

Angela's research interests include:

  • Infant and child perception and cognition
  • Brain development and neural plasticity
  • Multimodal neuroimaging

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Borjan Gagoski, PhD
Research Fellow

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Hospital Title

 Research Associate

Department

 Radiology

Phone

 857-218-5140

Fax

 617-730-4671

Location

 1 Autumn Street, AU457

 

 Boston, MA 02215

Email

 borjan.gagoski@childrens.harvard.edu

Borjan Gagoski received his PhD degree in February 2011 from the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Lab led by Prof. Elfar Adalsteinsson at the EECS department at MIT. His early research included the implementation of fast encoding schemes for spectroscopic imaging on Siemens MR platforms. During the last several years of his PhD, he was involved in the development of RF pulse designs using parallel RF transmission at 7T MRI systems, for the purpose of improved spectral-spatial mitigation used in chemical shift imaging (CSI) applications.

After spending one year as a postdoctoral associate in the same lab at MIT, he joined Dr. Grant's lab in January 2012. As an MR physicist, his main research interests remain focused on the improvement of both the excitation and readout parts of a MR experiment, mainly concentrated on the software end (custom acquisition schemes, sequence and reconstruction development, etc). The premise of his work at CHB is to apply the newest MR technical developments in clinical settings.

Borjan comes from Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. He is married, and he likes to spend his free time playing tennis, hiking and skiing with his family and friends.

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Daniel Haehn
Research Programmer

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Hospital Title

 Research Programmer

Department

 Radiology

Phone

 857-218-5140

Fax

 617-730-4671

Location

 1 Autumn Street, AU653

 

 Boston, MA 02215

Email

 daniel.haehn@childrens.harvard.edu

Website

 http://about.me/haehn

Daniel Haehn is a Research Software Developer with a passion for open source technology and open science methodologies. He graduated in 2010 with a Diploma of Medical Informatics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.  Daniel performed the last years of his studies at the Surgical Planning Lab (SPL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, implementing tools for vascular segmentation, and modeling into the open source software package 3D Slicer (http://www.slicer.org/). After graduation he worked as a Software Engineer at the Section for Biomedical Image Analysis of the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the SPL and was one of the top 10 contributors to 3D Slicer version 3 and version 4. Daniel is the initiator and lead developer of "The X Toolkit: WebGL for Scientific Visualization" (http://goXTK.com/). Daniel is also the creator of "Slice:Drop" (http://slicedrop.com), an award-winning web-based viewer for medical imaging data.

Research Interests:

  • Computer Graphics focused on Mobile Applications
  • Image Analysis and Signal Processing
  • Algorithms & Mathematics

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Maya Peeva, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Academic Title

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department

Newborn Medicine

Phone

857-218-5141

Fax

617-730-4671

Location

1 Autumn Street, AU653

 

Boston, MA 02215

Email

maia.peeva@childrens.harvard.edu

Dr. Peeva works in the fields of functional and structural connectivity of the brain. Her research aims to understand how the neural connectivity architecture supports healthy human function and what breaks down in neuropsyhiatric disorders. Dr. Peeva is a co-postdoctoral fellow at the Congenital Disorders of Axon Guidance Lab and the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center at Children’s Hospital Boston. Her current work bridges genetic and neuroimaging studies in mice and humans in order to understand how tubulin-encoding genes are involved in the formation of brain connections and how normal connectivity is compromised in disorders such as congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders.

Dr. Peeva received her PhD training at Boston University where she studied autism, speech and language, and sensory-motor control at the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neurotechnology. She employed functional and diffusion MRI as well as functional connectivity modeling in order to answer questions like what networks are involved in producing speech, how each brain region contributes to the process and what neural connectivity abnormalities are present in patients with autism. Some of these projects were done in collaborations with the Psychiatric Neuroimaging group at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Cognitive Psychology Lab in Marseille, France.

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Nicolas Rannou
Research Software Engineer and System Administrator

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 Hospital Title

 Research Software Engineer and System Administrator

 Department

 Newborn Medicine

 Phone

 857-218-5140

 Fax

 617-730-4671

 Location

 1 Autumn Street, AU653

 

 Boston, MA 02215

 Email

 Nicolas.Rannou@childrens.harvard.edu

Nicolas Rannou is a "Research Software Engineer" interested in providing creative and efficient solutions to real-world problems.

Education

He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Signals and Images in Biology and Medicine at Universite de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France while completing his Engineer Diploma in Electronics and Computer Sciences at Institut Superieur de l'Electronique et du Numerique (ISEN) in Brest, France.

Nicolas graduated at ISEN after a six months internship at the Surgical Planning Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. During this training, he implemented a module in "Slicer3D" (http://www.slicer.org) to correct the intensity inhomogeneities in MRIs.

Experience

After graduation, Nicolas worked for two and a half years in the Megason Laboratory, Harvard Medical School as "Junior Software Engineer". His work consisted in designing, developing, testing and distributing a cross platform application for large images visualization, segmentation and analysis.

He is currently a main developer of "The X Toolkit: WebGL for Scientific Visualization" (http://www.goXTK.com), a javascript based library for scientifc viualization.

His research interests include:

  • Signal and image processing
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Web-based technologies
  • Open source

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Katyucia de Macedo Rodrigues, MD
Research Fellow

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Hospital Title

 Research Fellow

Department

 Radiology

Phone

 857-218-5142

Fax

 617-730-4671

Location

 1 Autumn Street, AU457

 

 Boston, MA 02215

Email

 Katyucia DeMacedo Rodrigues

Katyucia de Macedo Rodrigues, MD holds an MD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil.  She did her residency in Radiology at the Federal University of Pernambuco and clinical fellowship in MRI at CDPI clinics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  She is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Radiology.  Her current research projects focus on volumetric and morphometric analyses and diffusion imaging of neonatal brain, especially in patients with perinatal hypoxic ischemic injury.

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Tomo Tarui, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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 Academic Title

 Postdoctoral Fellow

 Department

 Neurology

 Phone

 857-218-5141

 Fax

 617-730-4671

 Location

 1 Autumn Street

 

 Boston, MA 02215

 Email

 Tomo Tarui

In collaboration with Dr. Ellen Grant, Pediatric Neuroradiologist, Dr. Omar Khwaja, Fetal-Neonatal Neurologist at Boston Children's Hospital, and Dr. Julian Robinson, physician in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Tarui aims to develop novel quantitative fetal MRI measures with significant prognostic validity, thus to be able to direct in utero intervention and early implementation of developmental support postnatally.

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