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Laboratory of Brain and Cognition (LBC)


Peter Bandettini, Ph.D. | NIH Senior Investigator, Chief, sFIM and Director, FMRIF
Dr. Bandettini received his B.S. in Physics from Marquette University in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1994.  He is Chief of the Section on Functional Imaging Methods, focused on the development and implementation of advanced fMRI methods towards an increased understanding of the functional organization and physiology of the human brain, and ultimately increased clinical utility.  He also directs the Functional MRI Facility, which serves as a resource by which NIH institutes can perform Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies that further the understanding of healthy and diseased brain anatomy, function and physiology.

Laura Buchanan, B.S. | Post Bac Fellow
Laura graduated from American University in May 2012 with dual majors in Physics and Philosophy.  Currently, she is doing fMRI research in the Section on Functional Imaging Methods, with a focus on graph theory network metrics and cognitive state detection.

Jennifer Evans, Ph.D. | Post Doc Fellow
Dr. Evans completed her doctoral work in Canada at the University of Toronto on pediatric fMRI methods.  She is a post doctoral fellow in Peter Bandettini's lab with interests in basic fMRI methods and signal contrasts as well as clinical fMRI applications.

Javier Gonzalez-Castillo, Ph.D. | Staff Scientist
Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indianna. Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo conducts research in the area of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). His interests include: development of advance analytical methods for fMRI, clinical applications for resting state fMRI, the study of resting state fMRI connectivity dynamics, realtime-fMRI and fMRI-based Neurofeedback.

Benjamin Gutierrez, B.A. | Post Bac Fellow
Ben is a graduate of Haverford College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.  He assists in the scheduling of patients for clinical trials and assists in various other projects in LBC/sFIM.

Daniel Handwerker, Ph.D. | Research Fellow
Dr. Handwerker is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Doctorate from the UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering. His work involves finding better ways to collect, analyze, and interpret fMRI data.

Colin Hoy, B.A. | Special Volunteer
Colin received his B.A. in Neuroscience from Hendrix College. After studying moment-to-moment dynamic changes of functional connectivity in the brain as a post bac fellow in Peter Bandettini's lab, Colin is now extending his work investigating the interactions between the brain's large-scale networks by collaborating with LBC as a Neuroscience Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley.

David Jangraw, Ph.D. | Post Doc Fellow
Dr. Jangraw received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City, where his dissertation employed techniques in EEG, eye tracking, and brain-computer interfaces. His current research investigates the BOLD and ocular correlates of sustained attention and mind-wandering in naturalistic scenarios.

Hang Joon Jo, Ph.D. | Research Fellow
Dr. Jo received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. He is working on image-processing and data-analysis methods for brain connectivity studies with FMRI.

Prantik Kundu, Ph.D. | Special Volunteer
Dr. Kundu received his doctoral degree as part of the NIH/Cambridge Graduate Partnership Program (GPP). He was a Post Doctoral Fellow for NIMH with the Section on Functional Imaging Methods. Currently Dr. Kundu is a faculty member at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He is collaborating with Dr. Bandettini and staff on multi-echo fMRI methodology, primarily tool development and data analysis. The overall aim is to create translational application of fMRI technical developments in the study of clinical populations.

Dorian VanTassell | Administrative Lab Manager for the Functional MRI Facility
Mr. VanTassell provides administrative, logistical, and personnel support for the MRI core facility and the Section on Functional Imaging Methods.