Instructor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Neuroscience at MGH
Research Affiliate at MIT
Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
149 Thirteenth Street, Room 2301
Charlestown, MA 02129
I am a cognitive and systems neuroscientist with research interests in language, vision, memory, attention and eye movement control. My research uses neuroimaging and behavioral approaches to examine the neural basis of these fundamental processes, focusing on how they interact and coordinate in natural reading and vision.
I received my B.S. and M.S. in Physics from University of Bucharest in Romania, and my Ph.D. in Neurobiology from University of Pittsburgh, PA with Dr. Daniel Simons. I completed my postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with Drs. Emery Brown, Matti Hamalainen and Gina Kuperberg. I have been an Assistant in Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital and Faculty Instructor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School since 2008.
My research focuses on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of natural reading. Reading is a complex skill that requires coordination between frequent rapid eye movements (saccades) and short fixations in text. Reading relies on brain systems that transform text into information, access language knowledge and make decisions about when and where to shift gaze. The neuroscience of natural reading remains a mystery. What are the neural pathways and mechanisms underlying active cognition and perception? What is the impact of eye-movements and attention on written language and memory processes in natural settings? What are the mechanisms that coordinate perceptual, cognitive and motor processes in natural reading? We currently explore these questions using complementary neuroimaging and behavioral methods, including magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), psychophysics and eye tracking.
2012 MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) Award, Massachusetts General Hospital