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Principal Investigator

Dara S. Manoach, PhD is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a neuropsychologist who received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. She completed a clinical psychology internship at McLean Hospital and a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Behavioral Neurology Unit of Beth Israel Hospital. She is based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for biomedical imaging and in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Faculty

Bengi Baran, Ph.D. is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She received her PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed the postdoctoral training program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding the cognitive function of sleep in neuropsychiatric disorders. She uses MRI (event-related and resting state fMRI and diffusion weighted imaging), sleep EEG and behavioral testing methods. In her spare time she studies wine and food.

Angela Fang, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Boston University in 2014, and her A.B. in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2007. Her research interests involve the neural correlates of self-focused processing in psychiatric disorders and their relationship to treatment outcome. She is also interested in the use of intranasal oxytocin to modulate cognitive biases in patients with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dimitris S. Mylonas, Ph.D. received his PhD in Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Technical University of Athens in 2014. His research interests include the development and implementation of new analysis methods to neuroimaging data (EEG/MEG and MRI). He joined the Manoach Lab as a postodoctoral research fellow in October 2015. He is currently investigating the role of brain oscillations during wake and sleep in learning and sleep-dependent memory impairment in schizophrenia.

Will Coon, Ph.D. earned his B.Sc. in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 2015. For his doctoral dissertation, he worked with intracranial EEG (iEEG) to study how oscillatory dynamics govern the timing of cortical signaling in the brain and to identify areas of eloquent cortex prior to resective brain surgery. Will is interested in neuronal oscillations, sleep-enhanced learning, and memory consolidation, and enjoys devising novel analytic approaches with applications in electrophysiology and statistics. In his present work, he uses concurrent EEG+iEEG and high-density EEG, coupled with tools from artificial intelligence and machine learning, to investigate how the spatiotemporal organization of coupled oscillations in the sleeping brain subserve “offline” learning and memory consolidation, and how these processes go awry in schizophrenia and autism.

Bryan Baxter, Ph.D. completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Bryan’s Ph.D. work examined how transcranial current stimulation interacts with ongoing activity in the brain to improve performance of noninvasive Brain-Computer Interfaces. His current interests are an extension of this work examining how noninvasive stimulation interacts with endogenous neural activity during sleep and how this interaction can be utilized to improve cognition and memory. He is also interested in bioethics related to neural stimulation in populations with neuropsychiatric conditions.

Research Associates

Lin Zhu, PhD received her B.Sc degree in electrical engineering in China, and her PhD in biomedical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal, Canada in 2016. Her previous research focused on measuring load-induced electrical potentials at the surface of the human knee. Her recent research interest covers sleep deficits in schizophrenia using MEG and EEG simultaneously.

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