2014 Entering Class

JuliaJulia Chartove received a BA in Neuroscience with a minor in Computer   Science from Swarthmore College. Her research interests include theoretical   and computational modeling of circuit-level substrates of cognition, neural   oscillations and their role in psychiatric disorders, and neuromorphic  artificial intelligence. Her past research has mainly been on hippocampal   circuitry in Rett syndrome, specifically on mechanisms of gamma oscillations   and whether they are disrupted in pre-symptomatic individuals. She also has   experience in designing and coding software packages for analysis of large-scale imaging data. When not yelling about science, Julia enjoys electronic, rock, and classical music, traveling, modern art, science fiction and fantasy, video games, and anything to do with animals. This is the only existing photo of her in which she is not wearing some sort of really dumb hat.
Mau PortraitWilliam Mau graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences   (with a concentration in Neurobiology & Behavior) and Psychology with   honors from Cornell University. At Cornell, William worked in a lab studying   the neurobiology of learning and memory using extracellular recordings in behaving rats. His project focused on the role of the retrosplenial cortex in spatial and cue representation during a memory task. At Boston University, William plans to pursue systems-level inquiries about the biological basis of learning, memory, and behavior. When William is not at the lab, he is usually seen getting his caffeine infusions at his favorite local café, playing squash at an extremely novice level, throwing around a Frisbee, or walking into lab.
Keri OmuroKeri Omuro graduated in 2012 from University of California, San Diego   earning a B.S. in General Biology and a B.A. in Psychology.  As an   undergraduate, she worked with a neurogenetics lab studying developmental   brain disorders. During the past two years, she has been working at San Diego State University doing research on transcription factor control of neural regeneration and stem cell regulation in planarians. She currently   interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of disease and   neurodegeneration, pursuing translational research and developing   therapeutics. Outside of science, Keri enjoys trying all sorts of foods and   crafting.
Taken by Stephanie Haig.Nathan Perkins recently completed a Master’s degree at MIT in the   Technology and Policy Program, where he researched network models of emergent  behavior in complex organizations. Prior to graduate school, he attended the University of Southern California, finishing in 2007 with a B.A. in   neuroscience, and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer working in South Africa. Since school, he has run a technology consulting company developing custom software, including large-scale pattern recognition tools used for image recognition and data analysis. Entering BU, his primary interest is how the computational lattice of the occipital lobe is able to encode, interpret and recognize visual stimuli. He hopes to be able to contribute to the incremental steps integrating cognition theory with novel neurobiological evidence, such as new experimental findings and increasingly detailed imaging. As an avid runner, Nathan is thrilled to be staying in the Boston area, where the Charles River provides an ideal setting for runs.  

photo_of_meMichael Romano received his B.S. in Chemistry from Davidson College and then enrolled at Boston University School of Medicine, where he completed his first two years of medical training as a part of his M.D./Ph.D. Both at and prior to attending Davidson, he conducted biomedical research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He transitioned his research to the area of synthetic organic chemistry while at Davidson, then to computer science, and finally to computational neuroscience, where his mind resides today. Now, he is interested in creating models of cortical networks to help us to develop a better understanding of and definition for anesthesia.

SophieSophie Schwartz received her B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Child Development from Tufts University in 2012. Prior to joining the Boston   University community, she worked for two years at the National Institutes of Health pursuing research on various subtypes and biomarkers of autism   spectrum disorder. Her current research interests lie in functional and diffusion tensor neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and neural modeling. Outside of academia, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and skiing.
terriScottTerri Scott received her B.A. in physics with a minor in mathematics from New York University in 2008 and her M.A. in astronomy from Boston University in 2012. She then began her transition into neuroscience as a technical assistant in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She hasworked on research projects looking at how snakes move and mapping radio emissions from high-energy super massive black holes, and now studies the brain’s basis of language using fMRI and electrocorticography. Some of her other interests include arts (and crafts!), rock climbing, cooking, and meditation.
VinkeLouis Vinke received a B.S. in Psychology & Electronic Media Arts and Communications (EMAC) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then earned a M.A. in Experimental Psychology at Bowling Green State   University studying timing perception and attention in the context of musical   rhythms and speech prosody. Working at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Charlestown, Louis gained experience with neuroimaging and neuroanatomy, while helping to develop and teach brain mapping software. He is interested in using neuroimaging technologies and computational neuroscience methods to study and model attentional processes across multiple sensory modalities.
WillifordKelsey Williford received a B.S. in Biochemistry at the Rochester   Institute of Technology.  She has research experience in working with children with autism to develop autonomic biofeedback training as an intervention for managing anxiety. Her current research interests are in neural development and associated disorders. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys rock climbing, traveling, and skiing.