Assistant Professor Jason Bohland Named Hariri Institute 2012-2014 Junior Faculty Fellow

The Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University is pleased to announce its second cohort of Junior Faculty Fellows. This year’s distinguished fellows include BU Sargent College Assistant Professor and Director of the Quantitative Neuroscience Laboratory Jason Bohland, Ph.D.

The Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellows program was established both to recognize outstanding junior faculty at Boston University working in diverse areas of the computational sciences, as well as to provide focal points for supporting broader collaborative research in these areas at BU and beyond. Junior Fellows are selected by the Hariri Institute Executive Steering Committee based on nominations received each spring, and are appointed for a two-year term.

“We are delighted by the level of energy and collaboration that the first cohort of Junior Faculty Fellows have brought to the Institute, and look forward to even more interactions as we welcome into the program the impressive cohort selected for 2012/13. It is heartening to see the positive reception and the significant interest that the entire university community has expressed in the program,” says Prof. Azer Bestavros, Founding Director of the Hariri Institute.

Jason Bohland, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Health Sciences and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Sargent College, joined the faculty in 2009. His research focuses on understanding the circuits in the brain, using a variety of methods to gather large-scale data about signaling among neurons in both mouse and human brains. He also serves as the Director of the Quantitative Neuroscience Laboratory.  Bohland received his Ph.D. at Boston University specializing in cognitive and neural systems.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences, Kathleen Morgan, notes, “Jason’s creative and innovative research approach that integrates large data sets describing the brain’s underlying architecture (such as brainwide gene expression profiles and connectivity atlases) with functional data (such as fMRI measured in humans) has an exceedingly high probability of leading to major breakthroughs in our understanding of the brain. The outcome of integrating these quantitative data with behaviorally relevant brain maps will not only provide new insights into the brain’s basic architecture but also inform possible approaches to treat a wide range of disorders.”

About the Hariri Institute
The mission of the Hariri Institute for Computing is to initiate, catalyze, and propel collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training initiatives for the betterment of society by promoting discovery and innovations through the use of computational and data-driven approaches, as well as advances in the science of computing inspired by challenges in the arts, sciences, engineering, and management. Endowed by a generous gift from Bahaa R. Hariri, the Institute strives to create and sustain a community of scholars who believe in the transformative potential of computational perspectives in research and education. This vision is realized through the support of a portfolio of ambitious computational research projects, and forward-looking educational and outreach initiatives at Boston University.