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Student and Postdoc SIG


The OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG provides a community of shared interests for OHBM trainees. We provide opportunities for professional, personal and career development and represent the needs of trainees to the OHBM Council and the wider organisation. We also promote the achievements of trainees within the organisation and to the wider neuroimaging community. The SIG organises the Monday Night Social and career development events at the annual meeting as well as running the online, international mentoring programme.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with our activities, or visit our website and YouTube channel. Email us on ohbmtrainees@gmail.com

OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG Executive Group

Anne Billot
- Chair

M.Sc., Sorbonne University, France (Speech and Language Pathology & Research in Rehabilitation Sciences); B.Sc., Sorbonne University, France (Speech and Language Pathology).

Anne Billot is a PhD candidate at Boston University working in the Aphasia Research Lab with Pr. Swathi Kiran. Her doctoral research focuses on the neurobiology of language recovery in post-stroke aphasia. She uses different functional and structural neuroimaging techniques to understand brain-behavior relationships and to investigate treatment-related neural reorganization in stroke survivors. On top of being fascinated by brains, Anne enjoys exploring new places on her bike, playing music, and relaxing on a yoga mat!

Contact: abillot@bu.edu Twitter: @Annel3illoT


Filip Morys
- Secretary

PhD, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany; MSc (Medical Neurosciences), Charite - Medical University Berlin and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany; BSc (Neurobiology), Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.

Filip is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute in Quebec, Canada. He received his PhD in Leipzig, Germany, where he worked with Dr. Annette Horstmann on neural correlates of maladaptive decision-making in obesity. Currently, Filip is working with Dr. Alain Dagher on defining the causes and consequences of obesity. He is investigating the environmental, brain and genetic risk factors for unhealthy weight gain as well as the long-term effects of chronic obesity on the brain. When not neurosciencing, Filip can be found playing tennis, watching tennis, or obsessing about a healthy lifestyle.

Contact: filip.morys@mail.mcgill.ca Twitter: @FilipKMorys


Leonardo Novelli
- Treasurer

PhD at The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; Msc (Neural Systems and Computation) at UZH and ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland; BSc (Mathematics) at Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy.

Leonardo is working on developing Dynamic Casual Modelling (DCM) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Adeel Razi's lab at Monash University. He completed his PhD at The University of Sydney, where he worked with Joseph Lizier on improving algorithms for inferring directed connectivity from neuroimaging time series using multivariate transfer entropy. Outside the lab, you'll find him hiking, kayaking, cooking, or listening to somewhat unusual prog-rock and jazz music.

Contact: leonardo.novelli@monash.edu Twitter: @novelli_leo


Isabella Breukelaar

- Social Coordinator

University of New South Wales, Research Fellow

PhD University of Sydney, BSc (Physiology) & BA (Film), University of Sydney.

After receiving her PhD in June last year, Isabella is currently working as a research fellow at the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Sydney under the supervision of Professor Richard Bryant and A/Professor Mayuresh Korgaonkar. Her PhD work involved using structural and functional MRI to investigate cognitive control function in both healthy people and in psychiatric illness. She is now working on using large multi-modal brain imaging datasets to try to identify transdiagnostic links across trauma, anxiety, and depression. When not debugging code, Isabella can be found in the ocean or on the soccer pitch.

Contact: isabella.breukelaar@sydney.edu.au Twitter: @ibreukelaar


Rahul Gaurav
- Social Media and Communications Manager

Paris Brain Institute (ICM), France, Neuroimaging Researcher

Dr. Gaurav completed his PhD from the Doctoral School of Brain-Cognition Behaviour (ED3C), Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

His PhD thesis was about developing Neuroimaging (MRI) biomarkers of Parkinson's disease and REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) using Deep Learning.

He is extremely passionate about fitness and learning languages and, apart from English, he can speak Turkish, French, Hindi, and some Romanian as well. He is also trying his hands on Arabic and Spanish.

Contact: www.rahulgaurav.com Twitter: @SayRahulGaurav

Carolina Makowski
- Career Development and Mentoring Manager

BSc, Psychology, McGill University; PhD, Neuroscience, Montreal Neurological Institute & Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Radiology, Centre for Multimodal Imaging and Genetics, University of California San Diego.

Dr. Makowski completed her PhD in neuroscience at McGill University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego with Dr. Anders Dale and Dr. Chi-Hua Chen, with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Fonds de Recherche du Quebec - Sante, and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind. She is using data from the UK Biobank and the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study to build an imaging genetics framework to understand psychiatric risk. When she's not doing research, you can find her running along the Pacific coastline, editing for ecrlife.org, dancing, or getting lost in a good book.

Contact: cmakowski@ucsd.edu Twitter: @carolinamak15


Marianne Chapleau
- Blog Editor


B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Montreal, Canada; Ph.D. in Neuropsychology, University of Montreal, Canada; Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University, Canada.

Marianne is a clinical neuropsychologist and postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Rab Lab led by Dr. Gil Rabinovici. She completed a BSc degree in psychology and a Phd degree in clinical neuropsychology at the Univeristy of Montreal. She received dual training in clinical neuropsychology and neuroimaging research. Her research interests include age-related neurodegenerative diseases, neuropathology, multimodal neuroimaging (PET, MRI) and healthy aging. Her postdoctoral project aims to better understand the impact of copathology burden on the brain and cognition of patients with Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.

Contact: marianne.chapleau@ucsf.edu Twitter: @M_Chapleau


Elisa Guma
- Blog Editor


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Section on Developmental Neurogenomics, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland; PhD & MSc., Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University, Montreal (Neuroscience); BSc., Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (Neuroscience, liberal arts).

Elisa Guma, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in the Section on Developmental Neurogenomics at the National Institute of Mental Health, under the supervision of Dr. Armin Raznahan, and Dr. Jason Lerch at Oxford University. Here, she aims to characterize the effect of chromosome dosage on human and mouse brain development. She received her PhD in Neuroscicence from McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Mallar Chakravarty, where she investigated the effects of prenatal and adolescent risk factors for neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders on brain development. When Elisa is not doing science, she can be found doing ceramics, rock climbing, or getting outdoors for a hike.

Contact: elisa.guma@mail.mcgill.ca; elisa.guma@nih.gov Twitter: @elisa_guma

Past OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG Executive Group

Hajer Nakua - Chair
Megan Campbell - Secretary
Linden Parkes - Treasurer
Elvisha Dhamala - Social Coordinator
Kevin Sitek - Social Media and Communications Manager
Jennifer Ferris - Career Development and Mentoring Manager
Carolina Makowski - Career Development Manager-elect and Blog Editor

Mengxia Gao - Chair
Kaori "Lily" Ito - Secretary
Heidi Emmanuel Foo - Treasurer
Navot Naor - Social Coordinator
Amelie Haugg - Social Media and Communications Manager
Meena M. Makary - Career Development and Mentoring Manager
Carolina Makowski - Career Development Manager-elect and Blog Editor

Ayaka Ando - Chair
Marzia Antonella Scelsi - Secretary
Leanna Hernandez - Treasurer
Chiara Caldinelli - Social Coordinator
Aki Nikolaidis - Social Media and Communications Manager
Natalia Bielczyk - Career Development and Mentoring Manager
Amanpreet Badhwar - Gender and Diversity Committee and OHBM Communications Committee Liaison

Michele Veldsman - Chair
Alexander Barnett - Secretary
Lia Maria Hocke - Treasurer
Meena M. Makary - Treasurer-Elect
Christian La - Social Coordinator

AmanPreet Badhwar - Chair
Kirstie Whitaker - Secretary
Julio Yanes - Social Coordinator

AmanPreet Badhwar - Co-Chair
Aaron Kucyi - Co-Chair
Mac Shine - Secretary
Sofie Valk - Social Coordinator

Aaron Kucyi - Chair
Mac Shine - Secretary
Sofie Valk - Social Coordinator

*Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group established in 2014 by Sook-Lei Liew