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Takahashi Laboratory - Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Emi Takahashi, Ph.D.

Dr. Takahashi is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She trained as a medical student for five years and then received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Chiba University School of Medicine in Japan. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in brain imaging of long-term memory and underlying white matter structures at the Boston University School of Medicine and in high-resolution diffusion MRI on developing brains at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, and joined the faculty of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in 2010. Her specific interests are concerned with the uniqueness of human brain development, particularly the structural basis underlying normal, unique brain functions in humans. She studies typically developing fetuses, children, and young adults as well as those with or at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders employing diffusion, structural, and functional MRI techniques in her research with combining additional methods.

Post-doctoral Fellows

Jacob Levman, PhD, MASc, BASc (2015-)

Jacob received his PhD in Medical Biophysics (physics stream) from the University of Toronto, his Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and his Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ryerson University. Jacob has also completed postdoctoral research training at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Oxford's Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Jacob's research has focused on multivariate machine learning, pattern recognition, biomarker discovery and technology evaluation in breast cancer and stroke imaging. Jacob joined the Takahashi lab to translate his skill set to a fetal, neonatal and pediatric population.


Natalie Stewart (2016-)

Northeastern Co-op Student
Natalie is expected to graduate from Northeastern in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience. Her previous research experience has included working under Dr. Kimberly Livingstone in the Lifespan Emotional Development Lab at Northeastern University where she helped to run a study that focused on how emotion regulation changes throughout the lifespan. Natalie is interested in neurological disorders and in the future hopes to become an occupational therapist focusing on aiding these neurological conditions."

Ashley Ruyan LimAshley Ruyan Lim (2015-) 

Northeastern Co-op Student
Ashley is expected to graduate from Northeastern University in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology. She is a research assistant for the Lifespan Emotional Development Lab at Northeastern University that is currently investigating the relationship between attention and emotion throughout the adult lifespan. Specifically, Ashley has worked under Dr. Kimberly Livingstone in the Lifespan Emotional Development Lab focusing on the individual differences in emotional regulation and their implication for well-being. Ashley hopes to become a neurosurgeon in the future.

Patrick MacdonaldPatrick Macdonald (2015-)

Northeastern Co-op Student
Patrick is an Undergraduate at Northeastern University majoring in Biology and is expected to graduate in 2018. His duties include mapping out post-mortem and in-vivo brain structures and pathways using the software TrackVis, as well as assisting Dr. Levman in his studies of pediatric autism through the use of the CHRIS research database system. Patrick hopes to use the knowledge gained from working under Dr. Takahashi to pursue a career in medicine

Tara Kane (2016-)

Tara is a current undergraduate student at Northeastern University and she will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2019. Under Dr. Takahashi, she is working on a paper that compares pathways in human and monkey neonatal brains and she is interested in the evolutionary development of human brains and behavior.  She previously worked at the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University where she studied the perception of others' facial expressions. She also worked at the Pepperberg Laboratory at Harvard University that teaches African grey parrots to vocally label objects. She hopes to conduct her own neuroscience research and to become a professor in the future.

Priya Kabaria (2015-)

Northeastern Co-op Student
Priya is a sophomore at Northeastern University majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. She is a research assistant for the Social Emotions Lab at Northeastern University that is studying the effects of gratitude and pride on a person's unconscious thoughts and actions. Priya also works in an Addiction Sciences Lab at Northeastern as well, where she is researching the effects of drugs of abuse on a specific receptor in the brain. Priya hopes to become a pediatric neurologist in the future.


Molly Wilkinson (2016)

Northeastern Co-op Student
Molly is expected to graduate from Northeastern University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience. Molly's past research experience includes working with Dr. Tarique Perera for the Clinical Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Society. During this work, Molly focused on setting up a research project with patients at Dr. Perera's practice, Contemporary Care, to look at how doing a cognitive task while receiving TMS treatment affected the remission and relapse rates of depressed patients. Molly also works in a Computational Behavioral Sciences Lab at Northeastern University on a multi-site research study regarding the behavioral analysis of autism.

Connor Perry (2016)

Connor is a graduating student (May 2016) from Suffolk University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He is currently conducting research regarding a mutated human fumarase gene (Ala194Thr) in regards to PCC/PGL tumors derived from neuroendocrine tissue. Connor wants to become a lab technician once graduated and to receive experience for a PH.D. in molecular science.

Masahito Nangaku (2016)

Chiba University School of Medicine, Japan

Satoru Ueda (2016)

Chiba University School of Medicine, Japan

Thomas J. Re, M.D. (2012-2015)

Thomas received his B.S. In Biomedical Engineering in 1986 from Case Western Reserve University and his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1995. He worked in software development in the telecommunications industry and for Internet start-ups in the U.S. and Italy until 2001. He then earned his M.D. in 2007, from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy. Thomas completed his Radiology Residency at University of Milan in 2014. He has MRI related research experience at the German National Cancer Institute (DKFZ) where he worked on a project focusing on pancreatic cancer imaging. In the Takahashi lab he is focused on a large population diffusion tractography study of cerebellar pathways in pediatric subjects at BCH.

Christine J. Charvet, Ph.D. (2014-2015)

Christine received a B.A. in Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology at University of California, Irvine in 2010. She has done research in Neurobiology at UCLA, Germany, New Zealand, UCI, and Cornell University. Christine is interested in better understanding the developmental mechanisms that underlie variation in brain structure and function across vertebrate species. In the Takahashi lab, she is studying diffusion imaging of mammalian brains to better understand the evolution of tracts across mammals. In particular, she is interested in addressing the role of developmental timing on cross-species variation in tract development.

Doganer Uslu

Doganer Uslu (2015)

Doganer is currently a 3rd year medical student, Istanbul University in Turkey.


Rongpin Wang, M.D., Ph.D. (2014-2015)

Rongpin has 19 years of clinical experience in CT and MRI diagnosis. He received his M.D. From Zunyi Medical College in 1995 and his Ph.D. from Southern Medical University in 2010. Rongpin completed his residency at Guizhou Provincial People's Hospital, where he became Chief Physician in 2011. His past research experience includes radiation research of chest circumference-tube current adjusting technology using dual source CT in coronary artery angiography as well as a project on cardiac MRI in cardiovascular morphology and function of complex congenital heart disease. In the Takahashi lab, he currently focuses on developing human brain connectivity using diffusion tractography. His clinical goals are to improve diagnostic thinking ability and research ability through DTI training and all sorts of radiology lectures.

Takashi Maeda (2015)
Chiba University School of Medicine, Japan

Masahiro Kosaka (2015)
Chiba University School of Medicine, Japan

Shao Dongyu (2015)
Chiba University School of Medicine, Japan

Rufu Furuya (2015)
Chiba University School of Medicine, Japan

Ayano Hara (2014)

Kyushu University School of Medicine, Japan
Ayano is currently attending Kyushu University School of Medicine and expected to graduate in 2017 with a B.S. in Medicine and an M.D.

Andrew Cohen (2014)

Northeastern co-op student
Andrew is an undergraduate at Northeastern University and he expects to graduate in 2016 with a B.S in Behavioral Neuroscience. His previous research experience involved emotional states and eye-tracking technology and he also focuses on the structure of major neural pathways in humans. Andrew is fascinated by the complex relationship between music and the brain.

Minami Ochiai (2014)

Department of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
Minami is currently attending Tokyo Medical and Dental University and is expected to graduate in 2018 with a B.S. in Medicine and an M.D.

Yuta Miyazaki (2014)

Chiba University School of Medicine, Japan
Yuta is currently attending Chiba University School of Medicine and is expected to graduate in 2016 with a B.S. in Medicine and an M.D.

Yuri Kanamaru (2014)

Chiba University School of Medicine, Japan
Yuri is currently attending Chiba University School of Medicine and is expected to graduate in 2016 with a B.S. in Medicine and an M.D.

Shyam Patel (2013)

Northeastern co-op student
Shyam graduated from Northeastern University in 2014 with a B.S. In Biology. His past work experience includes doing research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Sleep Lab where he helped monitor brainwaves and blood pressure through Polysomnography and Portapres setup. Previously Shyam worked as a Doctor and Nurse's Assistant at North Shore LIJ Planview Hospital where he helped doctors and nurses on rounds and was involved in the pharmaceutical process.

Fiona M. Baumer, M.D. (2011-2015)

Department of Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital 

Jae W. Song, M.D. (2011-2013)

Jae received her B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. After graduation, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate the development of dopamine receptors in the developing zebrafish brain at the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. Upon her return to the U.S., she matriculated at New York University School of Medicine to begin her studies in medicine. Pursuing interests in the development of the nervous system, she matriculated in a 6 year research program at NYUSoM and spent 2 extramural years at Harvard University characterizing a histological marker for sites of axon pruning. Currently, she is a 3rd year Diagnostic Radiology resident physician at Yale University. Her research interests lie in understanding the development of white matter tracts in human brains using tractography and identifying how neurodegenerative diseases affect white matter tract development.

Jun Oh (2013)

Summer undergraduate student, Neuroscience major student at Dartmouth College

Allison C.R. Scott (2012)

Summer undergraduate student, Pre-med student at the Columbia University

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