Meet the blog Team
Nikola Stikov, Blog Team Captain for the OHBM Communications Committee, is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute, and co-director of NeuroPoly, the Neuroimaging Research Laboratory at École Polytechnique (University of Montreal). His research spans the gamut of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging, from basic issues of standardization and accuracy, to biophysical modeling, microstructural imaging and clinical applications. Nikola is the founder of MRBalkan.org and has organized several international conferences under the auspices of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). In 2014 he was elected Junior Fellow of the ISMRM, and in 2015 he joined the editorial board of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, spearheading its Highlights initiative.
Lisa Nickerson is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Applied Neuroimaging Statistics Lab at McLean Hospital. After finishing her Ph.D. in Medical Physics from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, she joined McLean Hospital/Harvard for a post-doctoral fellowship. Since then, she has built a research program focused on applying and developing state-of-the-art imaging and analysis tools for studies of drug addiction. When she's not thinking about the next grant, she loves to cook and ride her mountain bike over New England’s rooted and rocky trails.
Nils Muhlert is a lecturer in the Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology at the University of Manchester, UK. He previously worked as a postdoc at the UCL Institute of Neurology in London, and as a Wellcome Trust ISSF fellow and Welsh Government Health Research fellow in CUBRIC, Cardiff University. He's interested in the brain structure correlates of memory and impulsivity, and how these forms of cognition are affected in clinical disorders, such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Nils has been awarded the Charles Symonds award from the Association of British Neurologists (2011), twice awarded the Alwyn Lishman award from the British Neuropsychiatry Association (2009 and 2016), and is an editorial board member for Neurology. When he's not working, Nils is gardening or tidying-up after his son.
Thomas Yeo leads the Computational Brain Imaging Group at the National University of Singapore. He is trained in both computer science and neuroscience at Stanford, MIT, Harvard and Duke-NUS. Consequently, he feels much at home with OHBM's multi-disciplinary community. Thomas is a recipient of the MICCAI Young Scientist Award and the MICCAI Young Investigator Publication Impact Award. He is also an editor at NeuroImage. In his free time, Thomas enjoys rock climbing.
Panthea Heydari is a neuroscience doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA. Her thesis work focuses on the neural basis of the so-called "action observation network" in individuals with stroke using functional and structural MRI. This work aims at gaining a better understanding of neuroplasticity and neural repair mechanisms that would ultimately lead to better forms of rehabilitation therapy in this clinical population. Prior to her doctoral studies, she also used MRI to investigate brain myelin changes across the lifespan in healthy individuals as well as in individuals with mood disorders at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Panthea is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).