Principal Investigator | Faculty | Post-Doctoral Fellows | Research Associates | Reseach Assistants | Alumni | External Collaborators

Principal Investigator:

Dara S. Manoach, PhD is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a neuropsychologist who received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. She completed a clinical psychology internship at McLean Hospital and a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Behavioral Neurology Unit of Beth Israel Hospital. She is based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for biomedical imaging and in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Bengi Baran, Ph.D. is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She received her PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed the postdoctoral training program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding the cognitive function of sleep in neuropsychiatric disorders. She uses MRI (event-related and resting state fMRI and diffusion weighted imaging), sleep EEG and behavioral testing methods. In her spare time she studies wine and food.
Angela Fang, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Boston University in 2014, and her A.B. in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2007. Her research interests involve the neural correlates of self-focused processing in psychiatric disorders and their relationship to treatment outcome. She is also interested in the use of intranasal oxytocin to modulate cognitive biases in patients with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders.

Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Will Coon, Ph.D. earned his B.Sc. in Psychology and Neuroscience from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 2015. For his doctoral dissertation, he worked in collaboration with the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies and Albany Medical College, using electrocorticography (ECoG) to study how oscillatory dynamics govern the timing of cortical signaling in the brain and to identify areas of eloquent cortex prior to resective brain surgery. Will is interested in sleep-enhanced learning, memory consolidation, and neuronal oscillations, and enjoys devising novel analytic approaches with applications in electrophysiology and statistics. In his present work, he uses concurrent EEG+MEG to investigate how the spatiotemporal organization of coupled oscillations in the sleeping brain subserve "offline" learning and memory consolidation, and how these processes go awry in schizophrenia and autism.
Dimitris S. Mylonas, Ph.D. received his PhD in Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Technical University of Athens in 2014. His research interests include the development and implementation of new analysis methods to neuroimaging data (EEG/MEG and MRI). He joined the Manoach Lab as a postodoctoral research fellow in October 2015. He is currently investigating the role of brain oscillations during wake and sleep in learning and sleep-dependent memory impairment in schizophrenia.

Research Associates:

Lin Zhu, PhD received her B.Sc degree in electrical engineering in China, and her PhD in biomedical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal, Canada in 2016. Her previous research focused on measuring load-induced electrical potentials at the surface of the human knee. Her recent research interest covers sleep deficits in schizophrenia using MEG and EEG simultaneously.

Research Assistants:

Catherine Tocci, BA received her BA in Neuroscience from Smith College in May 2014. Her undergraduate research focused on the development of a mouse model of fatigue. Post-baccalaureate, Catherine spent two years researching movement disorders with an emphasis on Parkinson's disease. She is currently investigating sleep-dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia using MEG as well as speech production in autism spectrum disorder using MRI.
Olivia Larson, BA & Sc received her interdisciplinary BA & Sc degree in Cognitive Science from McGill University in 2017. During her undergrad, she used eye-tracking methods to investigate how mechanisms of visual attention are influenced by high-level social information. She is currently conducting research that uses high-density EEG and MRI to investigate sleep-dependent memory consolidation in individuals with schizophrenia.


F. Isik Karahanoglu, Ph.D. received her BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 2007. She received her MSc and PhD degrees in Communication Systems and Electrical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2009 and 2013, respectively. During her PhD, she mainly focused on developing new methods for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data analysis. Her research interests include signal processing, inverse problems, regularization, mathematical analysis for medical imaging applications, especially for fMRI and EEG. She is currently investigating the spurious motion artifacts in MRI and connectivity measures, especially in children with minimally verbal autism, using fMRI and DWI.
Angela Savlidis, BS received her undergraduate degree from UMass Boston in Health Science, where she won the best scientific presentation award. Angela has extensive research experience working as Research Associate at MGH Cancer Center, Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Specialist at Partners Healthcare and her most recent job was a Project Manager II at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with Breast Oncology team. Currently Angela is working as a Lab Manager, where she is responsible for supporting research lab and the study staff, to ensure the lab runs smoothly.
Gio Panagiotaropoulou, MSc received her degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in November 2015. Her previous research interests include applicaations of neuroimaging techniques in clinical populations, as well as applications of fMRI in the problem of audiovisual saliency. She joined the Manoach Lab in Spring 2016 and she is currently investigating the genetic correlates of sleep and the interplay between genetics, sleep and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.
Erin Kohnke, BS received her BS in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago in December 2015. Her previous research centered on the neuro-cognitive processes underlying late-learned second language acquisition. Her research in the Manoach Lab involved investigating sleep-dependent memory consolidation in individuals with psychosis and their first-degree relatives using high-density EEG and MRI. She is currently working towards a Master's degree in science journalism at Boston University.
Charmaine Demanuele, Ph.D. received her electrical engineering degree at the University of Malta and her Ph.D. in Brain Signal Processing at the University of Southampton, UK. She had postdoctoral training in neuroimaging and psychiatry at the Bernstein Center for Computation Neuroscience Heidelberg-Mannheim, within the Central Institute of Mental Health in Germany. In September 2013 she joined the Manoach Lab. Her work is focused on investigating the role of oscillations in sleep dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia using multimodal imaging (EEG, MEG and MRI).
Rachel Fowler, BA received her BA in Neuroscience from Middlebury College in May, 2014. Her previous research was on negative expectancy bias in individuals with PTSD. She is currently researching the effects of Eszopiclone on sleep architecture and sleep-dependent memory consolidation using MRI and high-density EEG.
Julia Versel is an undergraduate student at Harvard College studying Neurobiology (Mind, Brain, Behavior track). She is writing a thesis in the Manoach Lab, investigating the relations between white matter pathway integrity and sleep spindle deficits in schizophrenia using DTI and high-density EEG.
Nour Azzouz is an undergraduate student at Wellesley College,concentrating in neuroscience. She is currently investigating functional connectivity patterns underlying ADHD symptoms in autism spectrum disorder.
David Correll, BS received his BS in Neurochemistry from Trinity College in May, 2013. His previous research focused on the correlation of prospective memory and medication adherence in schizophrenia. He is currently conducting research on the effect of Eszopiclone on sleep architecture and sleep-dependent memory consolidation using MRI and high-density EEG.
Trang Nguyen, BA received her BA in Neuroscience with a secondary field in Psychology from Harvard in 2011. She has previously worked in Moshe Bar's lab investigating the neural networks underlying the interplay between mood regulation and associative processing in patients with Major Depressive Disorder. Her current research uses a multimodal MRI approach to evaluate whether individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) differ from typically-developing individuals in brain function and structure and whether these differences may be related to certain genes and ASD symptoms.
Yigal Agam, PhD received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering at Ben Gurion University in Israel, and his PhD in neuroscience at Brandeis University. His doctoral dissertation focused on visual memory and representation of serial order in memory, and involved behavioral and EEG experiments. He later performed research in visual object recognition using invasive recordings with epilepsy patients at Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is currently interested in neural mechanisms related to adaptive behavior and error correction in normal subjects and in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Tessa Vuper, BA received her BA in Psychology from Hendrix College in 2012. Her previous research evaluated the effect of identity fusion on punishment and self-protection in college students. She is currently conducting research that uses MRI and high-density EEG to investigate sleep-dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia.
Leonidas Mantonakis, M.D., PhD candidate received his medical degree from the university of Athens Medical School, Greece in 2006 and completed his residency in psychiatry at Eginitio , University Hospital, Athens, in 2012. He developed a special interest in patients with schizophrenia, and as part of his PhD thesis he is starting a research study involving functional neuro- imaging in this patient group. At Dara Manoach’s lab he is getting training in imaging analysis techniques.
Mimi Tanski is currently a pre-med sophomore at Harvard University concentrating in history. She is involved in research using functional connectivity MRI analysis to determine differences between individuals with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing individuals.
Chindhuri S, BA received her BA in Neuroscience from Wellesley College in 2010. She has previously studied the link between adult neurogenesis, mood disorders, and antidepressants. Her current research interests include analysis of cognitive control via neuroimaging in schizophrenia, autism, and OCD, as well as sleep-dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia.
Marlisa Isom, BS received her BS in psychology from SIUE in 2003. Her research interests include neuroimaging and cognitive control in schizophrenia and autism. She plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience with the goal of implementing fMRI, MEG, and DTI to better understand the structural and functional correlates of behavior in these populations.
Ann Shinn, MD, MPH received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and Behavior at Columbia University, Master of Public Health degree from UCLA, and medical degree from UCSF. She completed her psychiatry residency at the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program and subsequently participated as a research fellow in the Harvard-MIT Clinical Investigator Training Program. She studies the neurobiology underlying psychotic symptoms in Dost Öngür's Psychotic Disorders Lab at McLean Hospital. Her current research uses a multimodal MRI approach to investigate vulnerability to auditory hallucinations. She also collaborates with Drs. Manoach and Stickgold on studies of sleep-dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia.
Kara Dyckman, PhD received her BA in Psychology from Bucknell University, and her PhD from the University of Georgia (Cognitive/Experimental Psychology). Her research has focused on the effect of practice on performance and brain activity during saccade tasks. For her dissertation, Kara used both fMRI and EEG to determine where and when changes occur after practicing a saccade task for a week. She is also interested in how the context in which a task is presented affects both behavior and the neural circuitry supporting task performance. In Dr. Manoach's lab, she will investigate how trial history affects brain activity in healthy individuals and schizophrenia patients and will explore the role of sleep in the consolidation of learning.
Adrian KC Lee, ScD received his BE degree in Electrical Engineering at University of New South Wales in Australia, and his doctorate at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program) with a concentration in Signal and System Analysis. His doctoral dissertation focused on understanding how people utilize auditory spatial cues to segregate sounds in cacophonous environments (also known as the "Cocktail Party Problem"). Please visit his website: for his latest research news and interests.
Peichi Tu, MD received his M.D. in Medical School of Yang Ming University, and his M.A. in the philosophy department of Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. His current research interest is using fMRI to investigate the functional connectivity between different brain regions in psychiatric illness, with special focus on the default mode network and its interaction with dorsal attention network.
Kim Emiko Ono, BA will start her graduate training in the fall of 2008 at the University of Miami in the Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Heather Henderson. Her research interests include psychophysiology research in pediatric autism as well as autism intervention and assessment research.
Jeremy Young, BA received his BA in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry from Boston University. He has much experience with fMRI and MEG acquisition and analysis as well as experience administering neuropsychological tests, and working with rodents. His research interests include memory in conjunction with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. Jeremy is currently Lab Manager and Neuroimaging Manager in the lab of Suzanne Corkin at MIT.
Szymon Mikulski, BA is a former research assistant. His work focused on the design and optimization of the lab's MEG analysis stream, and the identification of the neural basis of saccadic preparation. Originally from Poland, Szymon is a graduate of the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific and received his B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from Colby College. He is currently working as a Project Manager for FORGE, in the Maheba refugee settlement in Zambia. Upon return, Szymon hopes to attend medical school.
Frida E. Polli, PhD received her PhD in Psychology from Suffolk University, and completed her dissertation work in my lab at MGH. She then went on to a postdoc at MIT in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Department with John Gabrieli. Deciding that she was interested in pursuing commercial applications of neuroscience, she is now a second year at Harvard Business School.
Katy N. Thakkar, BS is currently in a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University under the supervision of Dr. Sohee Park. Her research interests include the basic cognitive underpinnings of how we understand the actions and emotions of others and the neural correlates of these functions. Specifically, Katy is interested in how deficits in these cognitive functions in schizophrenia might contribute to social impairments in this clinical population.
Matthew S. Cain, BS received his B.S. in brain and cognitive science from MIT and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in the lab of Dr. Art Shimamura. His dissertation work compared cognitive conflict generated by task switching and that generated by distractor filtering using both behavior and fMRI. Matt is currently a post-doc at Duke University in the lab of Dr. Stephen Mitroff studying how factors such as expertise, emotional state, and individual differences affect cognitive control and visual attention.
Kristen Lindgren, M.D., Ph.D. is currently a pediatric neurology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her degrees at Boston University School of Medicine and conducted her doctoral research in the Lab of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience under the direction of Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg. For her thesis she used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate volumetric differences in language-related cortex and the structural integrity of white matter connecting language regions in children with autism and their siblings. She plans on continuing her work in autism through research and by pursuing a fellowship in neurodevelopmental disorders after residency.
So Young Moon, MD, MS is currently a neurologist at Ajou Medical Center, Suwon, Korea and an instructor in Neurology at School of Medicine, Ajou University. So Young is interested in the field of cognitive neuro-ophthalmology. Her research interests include various saccadic impairment and its meaningfulness in neurodegenerative disease.
Meghan Searl, PhD, ABCN is currently a full-time clinical neuropsychologist at Brigham & Women's Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

External Collaborators:

Jason Barton, MD PhD: Neuroophthalmology

Frank Guenther, MS, PhD: Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Dost Ongur, MD PhD

Daniel Press, MD: Parkinson's Disease cognitive deficits

Ann Shinn, MD, MPH: Sleep dependent memory consolidation

Bob Stickgold, PhD: Sleep and cognition

Erin Wamsley, PhD: Psychiatry

In Memoriam:

Jesse Friedman, BA Jesse was an exceptional research assistant in the Manoach Lab for 2 years. Jesse specialized in freesurfer data analysis and quality control on several ongoing projects within the lab and with its collaborators.