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 runs 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.
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).
Shruti Gopal Vij is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Lucina Uddin’s Brain Connectivity and Cognition Laboratory at the University of Miami working on characterizing variability in human brain development using multimodal neuroimaging. This comes as an extension of her thesis research on analyzing inter-subject variability in fMRI data in spatial and temporal dimensions at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Chester F. Carlson Center of Imaging Science in collaboration with The Mind Research Network in Albuquerque. In the long term, she intends to extend her understanding of inter-subject variability in functional activation patterns and multivariate analyses techniques to identify neural markers of behavioral variability. She envisions that knowledge of such behavioral variability at the neural level will help discern how developmental changes in autism and associated disorders differ from typical development. In her current position, she has also been involved in data organization and implementation of a pre-processing pipeline at BCCL. In her spare time, she is an avid artist attempting to rejuvenate the neuroscientist by igniting creativity through art.
AmanPreet Badhwar holds a PhD from McGill University, where she integrated brain imaging, quantitative proteomics and measures of neurovascular coupling to study the interaction of neuronal and neurovascular damage in Alzheimer’s disease models, and the impact of therapeutics on these two components. She was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Age+ Prize, which recognizes excellence in research on aging, for one of the publications arising from her thesis work. Aman is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM), University of Montreal, where her research focus is to determine how aspects of brain connectivity could be developed as biomarkers of progression in Alzheimer’s disease. Her scientific vision is to cut across intellectual silos and integrate multiple streams of data to answer big questions in Alzheimer’s disease research. She holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alzheimer Society of Canada, and is a member of the Biomarker team of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging. Aman is the current Chair of the OHBM Student and Postdoctoral SIG. She is also engaged in public outreach through her artistic works, where the topics of brain organization, plasticity, and memory are recurrent. She has held a number of expositions of her work integrating science and art, and has been a winner in The Neuro Bureau Brain-Art Competition in multiple years.
Jean Chen is the director of the Neuroimaging Research Lab at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Neuroimaging of Aging, and is Assistant Professor in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University (Montreal Neurological Institute), where she investigated the biophysical origins of the blood-oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) fMRI signal. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, where she investigated the cerebrovascular correlates of brain aging using perfusion and diffusion MRI. Her current research program mainly focuses on determining the neurovascular and electrophysiological basis of resting fMRI measures. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Jean is on the editorial boards for Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism and Frontiers in Neuroscience. Through her work, she is committed to developing neuroimaging measures into sensitive markers to aid the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. She is also committed to creating nurturing training environments that will prepare new researchers to become prolific independent scientists.