OHBM 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.

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OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG Executive Group

Hajer Nakua
- Chair

BSc Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (McMaster University, Canada); MSc Student, Institute of Medical Science - Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (University of Toronto, Canada)

Hajer Nakua is a second year graduate student at the University of Toronto. Her lab is in the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and her research focuses on using multi-modal brain imaging (structural MRI, functional MRI and diffusion weighted imaging) to find associations between behavioural abnormalities and networks of emotional regulation in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is currently interested in externalizing (such as aggression or defiance) and internalizing (such as withdrawal and anxiety) behaviours. Hajer is interested in using advanced statistical, mathematical and computational techniques to investigate brain-behaviour relationships related to psychiatric disorders. Hajer is also passionate about science communication and uses social media as an avenue to disseminate neuroscience research in both English and Arabic.

Contact: Hajer.nakua@mail.utoronto.ca; @HajerNakua


Megan Campbell
- Secretary

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Systems Neuroscience, Hunter Medical Research Institute Imaging Centre & School of Psychology, The University of Newcastle, Australia.
PhD, The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia.
MSci (Neuroscience), The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia.
BPsychHons (first class), James Cook University, Australia.

Dr. Megan Campbell is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hunter Medical Research Institute Imaging Centre and the School of Psychology in the University of Newcastle, Australia. Megan obtained her PhD in the field of cognitive-behavioural neuroscience, and has recently taken up her first postdoctoral position in the Systems Neuroscience Group lead by Professor Michael Breakspear.

Her previous work investigated the overlapping sensorimotor processes underlying interpersonal interactions, within healthy adult cohorts. By using Bayesian models to explain behavioural and neural datasets Megan described mechanisms for the context-dependent modulation of automatic imitation responses, a feature of how humans prepare responses during interactions with others. Now Megan is applying her experience in functional neuroimaging, behavioural paradigms and computational approaches to new projects focusing on clinical populations. In particular, modelling dynamic brain networks and cognitive-emotional processes in order to understand, differentiate and improve diagnoses for psychiatric illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Contact: megan.ej.campbell@gmail.com; @MegaEJ_Campbell


Linden Parkes
- Treasurer

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Psychophysiology, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia; PhD Neuroscience, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

Dr. Linden Parkes is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Complex Systems Group in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on the link between individual differences in psychopathology and the brain, with a particular focus on the role of dimensional psychopathology phenotypes that cut across traditional diagnostic categories. Working with longitudinal data, he applies a combination of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), machine learning, bi-factor modeling, and network control theory to examine whether neuroimaging predicts the emergence of psychopathology throughout childhood and adolescence.

Contact: lindenparkes@gmail.com; @LindenParkes


Elvisha Dhamala

- Social Coordinator

BSc Neuroscience (McGill University, Montréal, Canada)
PhD Candidate (Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, USA)

Elvisha Dhamala is a Neuroscience PhD candidate at Weill Cornell Medicine in the lab of Dr. Amy Kuceyeski. Elvisha uses machine learning applied to neuroimaging biomarkers to understand the neurobiological substrates underlying behavioural and clinical phenotypes in health and disease. She is particularly interested in uncovering sex differences in the brain and implementing sex-dependent models to study different diseases in order to reduce sex bias in medicine. 

Apart from research, Elvisha is passionate about educational outreach and community involvement. She is part of the Skype a Scientist initiative and a mentor for the Multicultural Academic Council Mentoring Program at Cornell University. She is also an instructor for the Cornell Prison Education Program, and is designing and implementing an inclusive curriculum that enables incarcerated students from diverse backgrounds to successfully learn concepts in neuroscience. 

In her free time, Elvisha loves to travel, hike, kayak, cook, and read. She’s also a strong believer in the power of napping.

Contact: eld2024@med.cornell.edu


Kevin Sitek
- Social Media and Communications Manager

BA, Linguistics, Cognitive Science (UC Berkeley); PhD, Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (Harvard University)

Kevin Sitek is a postdoctoral associate in the Neuroscience department at Baylor College of Medicine. He studies human subcortical sensory processing using functional, anatomical, and diffusion-weighted MRI. Currently, he's working with collaborators at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany to investigate multisensory processing in the superior colliculus with ultra-high field fMRI. During his PhD, Kevin worked at MIT with Dr. Satra Ghosh on mapping the human subcortical auditory system.

Contact: sitek@bcm.edu; @krsitek

Jennifer Ferris
- Career Development and Mentoring Manager

BA (w. hons) Psychology - University of British Columbia; M.S.c in Neuroscience – University of British Columbia

Jennifer Ferris is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Jenn uses structural neuroimaging techniques to research stroke and cerebral small vessel disease. Jenn is especially interested in how comorbid cardiovascular and metabolic diseases impact the brain. Outside of the lab Jenn enjoys spending time in the beautiful B.C. mountains- she is an avid trail runner.

Contact: jennifer.ferris@alumni.ubc


Amelie Haugg

- Gender and Diversity Committee and OHBM Communications Committee Liaison

BSc, Cognitive Science (University of Tübingen, Germany); MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience (Maastricht University, The Netherlands); PhD student, Neuroscience (University of Zurich, Switzerland).

Amelie Haugg is a PhD student at the Psychiatric University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. She is interested in the use of fMRI for diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Currently, she develops a novel real-time fMRI neurofeedback paradigm for downregulating nicotine craving in smokers. For her master’s thesis, she investigated functional connectivity in disorders of consciousness patients during a research stay in London, Ontario, Canada. Amelie has also worked on various research projects at the University of Tübingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Maastricht University, and the University of Vienna.

Contact: amelie.haugg@bli.uzh.ch@amhaugg

Carolina Makowski
- Blog Editor

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, where she linked structural neuroimaging markers to measures of poor functional outcome in first episode of psychosis patients. Her work proposed the hippocampus as a central component of negative symptoms in psychosis, and was awarded best PhD thesis in Neuroscience at McGill. Dr. Makowski is currently working as 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 and Fonds de Recherche du Quebec - Santé. She is using data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study (abcdstudy.org) to build an imaging genetics framework to understand psychiatric risk. If you asked her when she was a child, she would have told you that she aspired to be an editor - she is delighted to have this opportunity to be the first Blog Editor for the OHBM student postdoc sig and merge her passion for brain imaging research with writing and communication platforms. When not typing away on a laptop, you can find her running along the Pacific coastline, dancing, and practicing yoga.

Contact: cmakowski@health.ucsd.edu; @carolinamak15

Past OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG Executive Group

Mengxia Gao - Chair
Kaori "Lily" Ito - Secretary
Heidi Emmanuel Foo - Treasurer
Navot Naor - Social Coordinator
Amelie Haugg - Social Media and Communications Manager

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

Michele Veldsman - Chair
Alexander Barnett - Secretary
Lia Maria Hocke - Treasurer
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

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