Daniel Sheehan, PhD
Director of Operations
Dr. Daniel Sheehan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering. The building opened in early 2017 and houses a cohort of neuroscience and biological design research teams and centers, including the Biological Design Center, the Center for Systems Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, and the Neurophotonics Center.
As director of operations, he helps support research and center initiatives, coordinates new laboratory setup and installation, manages facilities and maintenance requests, and oversees events and community engagement within the Kilachand Center. In addition, Dr. Sheehan ensures smooth collaborations between the interdisciplinary faculty researchers, participating postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, research support staff, and BU central administration.
Prior to Dr. Sheehan joining the Kilachand Center team in January 2023, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Computational Neurophysiology led by Dr. Michael Hasselmo, utilizing in-vivo techniques to study navigation and memory processes in rodent models. He earned his BA in Psychology from San Diego State University, his master’s from BU’s Graduate Program in Psychology, and his PhD from the Brain, Behavior & Cognition program at Boston University.
Ben first joined the Boston University community in the summer of 2020 as part of the efforts to help open and run BU’s COVID Clinical Testing Lab. After continuing his work in COVID research at Harvard University’s Clinical Testing Lab, Ben returned to BU joining the Operations team at the Kilachand Center in November 2022. Ben assists in running the day-to-day operations of the building, including scheduling and coordinating hundreds of reservations yearly that take place on the first-floor event space. Additionally, Ben also provides administrative support to BU’s College of Arts and Sciences building located near Kenmore Square. Ben graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
Grants and Finance Administrator
As the Grants and Finance Administrator, Valeria assists faculty at the Kilachand Center in securing and managing sponsored funding for new and exciting research. Valeria provides direct support for development, preparation, and submission of proposals as well as post-award financial account management. She represents faculty in communication and collaboration with university administrative offices as well as federal and private funding agencies for sponsored research. Valeria has a BS in Geography with a minor in Sociology from Bridgewater State University.
Grants and Finance Administrator
As the Grants and Finance Administrator, Shantell assists faculty at the Kilachand Center in securing and managing sponsored funding for new and exciting research. Shantell provides direct support for development, preparation, and submission of proposals as well as post-award financial account management. She represents faculty in communication and collaboration with university administrative offices as well as federal and private funding agencies for sponsored research. Prior to her role at Boston University, Shantell worked for several years as a grants administrator at Emory University. She has a both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
As Communications Manager, Jim is responsible for designing and implementing cohesive communication strategies for the Kilachand Center overall and the individual centers housed within. Jim creates and disseminates stories about scientific collaboration and discovery, raising the profile of the Kilachand Center as an innovative, world-class research hub. He also develops internal communication programming that helps to foster the Center’s dynamic and collaborative environment. Jim has an MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.
Research Computing Applications and Data Specialist
As the Research Computing Applications & Data Specialist, Mitch supports Kilachand Center researchers in developing scalable, centralized, high-performance computational workflows for neuroimaging and research. Mitch has a Bachelor of Engineering, Biomedical/Medical Engineering from Boston University. He has a background in multimodality image acquisition and analysis, specifically in aging and hemorrhagic brains. He’s available to help consult with and train researchers on system usage, their various programming tools and packages, data management, program parallelization, performance measurement, and code tuning.