• Principal Investigator

    Mike Greicius, M.D.
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    Dr. Greicius' research involves the use of functional MRI in conjunction with other imaging modalities to detect and characterize neural networks in healthy adults and patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. The main research objective is to develop novel imaging biomarkers that will enhance the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, major depression, and schizophrenia.

  • Instructor

    Valerio Napolioni, Ph.D
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    Valerio received his Ph.D in Genetics in 2011, from the University of Camerino, Italy, working on complex trait genetics, focusing both on human longevity and Autism. His interest in neuropsychiatric traits led him to continue working on Autism genetics, first as post-doc at the Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry, University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, and then as visiting researcher at the Neurogenomics Division, TGen, Phoenix, AZ. In 2013 he became the technical director of the Next-Gen Sequencing Core at University of Perugia, Italy. In 2015 he joined the FIND lab where he is pursuing his strong research interest in the genetics of neuropsychiatric and behavioral human traits.

  • Post Doctoral Fellows

    Michael Belloy, Ph.D
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    Michael is interested in neurology, neuroimaging, genetics, and Alzheimer’s disease. Michael obtained his PhD in 2018 from the University of Antwerp for his work on neural dynamics in rodents, titled “Quasi-Periodic brain activity in mice and its significance in pre-clinical neuroimaging research”. He joined the FIND lab in 2018 as a Postdoc and has since passionately pursued studying the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease to improve understanding of the disease and identify potential novel drug targets. Michael is currently supported by a research fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Association and ultimately aims to become an independent principal investigator in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

    Yann Le Guen, Ph.D
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    Yann obtained his PhD from Neurocomputing lab (UNATI) at Neurospin-CEA, which is part of the newly established University of Paris-Saclay in 2018. The title of his thesis was “An imaging-genetic study of the asymmetries in the temporal lobe structures: association of these human-specific markers of developments with genetics", a work supervised gby Vincent Frouin and Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz. Yann is interested in imaging genetics and using this relatively new approach to understanding the human brain.

  • Lab Manager

    Sarah Eger
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    Sarah graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 with a BA in Neuroscience and in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. As an undergraduate, she worked on multiple research projects involving substance use disorder therapies, self-referential processing, and schizophrenia with co-occurring cannabis use disorder. Her honors thesis research investigated the impact of chronic cannabis use on resting-state functional connectivity in the reward circuit. Sarah joined the FIND lab in 2019 to pursue her interests in genetics and imaging.

  • Research Assistants

    Gabriel Kennedy
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    Gabriel received his B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2019, where he conducted research in the Spatial Cognition Laboratory investigating navigation and spatial memory. Additionally, he has previously volunteered at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation where he dealt with research relating to drug use and behavior. He joined the Mormino and FIND laboratories in June 2019 to further explore his interests in neuroimaging as well as examine the cognitive process and genetic influences that cause and are affected by Alzheimer's Disease and other related neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Stanford Collaborators


    Vinod Menon, PhD :: website ::

    Amit Etkin, MD, PhD :: website ::

    Sean Mackey, MD, PhD :: website ::

  • Lab Alumni

    Yongha Kim
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    Yongha graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a BS in Neuroscience and a secondary major in History of Art and Architecture. At Brown, he was part of Advanced Baby Imaging Lab that studied longitudinal myelin development in infants and toddlers. His honors thesis project investigated the link between language acquisition and myelin development. Yongha joined the FIND Lab in the summer of 2017 and is excited to explore the intersection of imaging and genetics on Alzheimer’s disease.

    He is continuing his education as a medical student at Columbia University!

    Grace Tam
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    Grace graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a BS in Biology. As an undergraduate, she joined the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences under the Stanford Psychiatry department. Grace studied the effects of posture on resting-state brain networks with fMRI. In addition, she worked on a novel NIRS-based neurocognitive intervention in children with ADHD. Grace joined the FIND Lab in 2017 to further explore her interests in neuroimaging and genetic influences in psychiatric disorders.

    Leigh Christopher Ph.D
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    Leigh obtained her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2016. During her PhD, she studied the role of dopaminergic dysfunction in cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease using PET imaging. She then joined the FIND Lab in March 2016 as a post-doctoral fellow. She has obtained a CIHR fellowship award to study the role of common genetic variation in Alzheimer’s disease. Leigh is interested in combining genetic and brain imaging techniques to better understand vulnerability to neurodegenerative disorders.

    Raiyan Khan
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    Raiyan graduated from Stanford University in 2015 with a BS in computer science and a secondary major in biology. She joined the FIND Lab in 2014 as an undergraduate, later becoming a research assistant and lab manager. Raiyan is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms of memory, as well as genetic influences on memory disorders.

    Megan Newsom
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    Megan received a BS in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary in 2014. After moving to California her interest in medicine and technology led her to work with an Ophthalmologist at Stanford developing a small web interface for a telemedicine study. Her interest in bioinformatics led her to join the Find Lab in June of 2015. She is also interested in applying mathematical analysis and optimization to fMRI and looks forward to learning more about the genetics of neurodegenerative disease. Megan is now a medical student at Wake Forest University.

    Sepideh Sadaghiani, Ph.D
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    Sepideh is interested in the brain's intrinsic functional organization and "self-control" over its own neural activity. Her graduate research at NeuroSpin, Paris, and the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, Germany, investigated the impact of intrinsic brain activity on the variability of human behavior. She continued pursuing this passion with a stronger focus on large-scale brain networks underlying cognitive control in the D'Esposito lab at UC Berkeley (2010-2014). Sepideh joined the FIND lab early 2015 were she extended her investigation of these cognitive control networks to the field of genetics. Sepideh is now an assitant professor at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Collin Price
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    Collin grew up in San Diego, CA and moved to Raleigh, NC for high school and college. He graduated in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology with a second major in Psychology. His honors thesis at UNC investigated proteins involved in cell signaling in the model plant A. thaliana. Collin's passion for neuroscience brought him back to California after graduation to join the FIND lab. Collin completed medical school at UCLA and is now a resident there in psychiatry.

  • Anna-Clare Milazzo, Ph.D.
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    Anna received a MS degree in Physics in 2005 and PhD in Chemistry in 2009 from UC San Diego where her graduate work focused on developing a new generation of cameras for transmission electron microscopes. However, a longstanding interest in neuroscience brought her to the FIND lab to learn resting state functional neuroimaging. She has a strong research interest in investigating new ways to use resting-state fMRI to improve the differential diagnosis and measurement of clinical treatment outcomes for psychiatric diseases.

    Andre Altmann, Ph.D.
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    Andre received a diploma (MS degree) in Computer Science in 2005 from the RWTH Aachen, Germany, with a focus on pattern recognition and human language technology ("Siri"-like stuff). He became interested in applying these methods to biological questions and pursued a PhD in Computational Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrucken, Germany. His graduate work focused on computational optimization of anti-HIV treatments using methods from statistical learning. After receiving his PhD in 2010, he continued with a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany, where he worked on next-generation-sequencing (NGS). He has a strong research interest in using genetics and methods from statistical learning to analyze functional imaging data, especially resting-state fMRI, to improve the diagnosis and understanding of psychiatric diseases.

    Bernard Ng, Ph.D.
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    Bernard is a visiting postdoc from INRIA. His research focuses on the development of new computational methods for multimodal connectivity inference and the integration of brain connectivity into activation detection and fMRI classification.

    Jonas Richiardi, Ph.D.
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    Jonas received his MPhil on speech and language processing in 2002, from the University of Cambridge, UK, and his PhD on signal processing and pattern recognition from EPFL, Switzerland, in 2007. After founding an engineering consultancy he came back to academia in 2009, working on signal processing and machine learning for brain imaging, in particular the  modelling of brain graphs. He received a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship from the EU in 2012 and is now a post-doctoral fellow at FINDlab. He is working on improving neuroimaging modelling methods for clinical 
    applications, in particular predictive models of connectivity and the integration of other biological and imaging data.

    Jeske Damoiseaux, Ph.D.
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    Jeske received her MS degree in Psychology at Utrecht University in 2003 and her PhD in Medicine at the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam in 2008, both in the Netherlands. She is mainly interested in functional connectivity between brain regions, and more particular in how functional connectivity is modulated by healthy aging, disease and medication use. In Amsterdam she started using resting state fMRI to study functional connectivity in healthy aging and Alzheimer's disease. She joined the FIND lab in April 2008, where she's continuing her research into functional connectivity using resting state fMRI.

    Rohan Dixit
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    Rohan is interested in the functional and structural connectivity underlying normal and pathological brain states. He also enjoys thinking about the applications of dynamic network modeling and machine learning in the neuroimaging field. Rohan currently resides in India and continues to collaborate with the FIND Lab for ongoing projects.

    Martin Dresler, Ph.D.
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    Martin is a visiting scholar from Germany. After receiving a MA in philosophy and a diploma (MSc) in psychology at the Ruhr University, Bochum, for his PhD he studied sleep-related memory processes in health and disease at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, and the Philipps University, Marburg. As a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and during research visits at the University of Oxford, he studied different methods of memory enhancement. He joined the FIND lab in January 2013 to inquire into the neural correlates of mnemonic training and exceptional memory skills.

    Chris Hemond
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    Chris got a late start to the FIND lab, having already completed 3 years of medical school before beginning full-time in July. And although he's new to the functional connectivity scene, Chris enjoys the misguided notion that he's a veteran of cognitive neuroscience, having studied under mentors Nancy Kanwisher at MIT and Alvaro Pascual-Leone & Edwin Robertson at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Research-wise, Chris is exploring new ways of analyzing gene expression data from functionally-connected areas of the brain. He is also investigating the very interesting infraslow (e.g. very slow) oscillations of the brain using EEG, and may soon delve back into functional imaging to study a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. He concurs that he's all over the map in this regard. He also concurs that northern California's weather is quite agreeable compared to back east, and negotiates with his mother every so often about the prospect of sticking around. Chris is currently completing his medical internship in Hawaii, and soon will return to Stanford to begin his residency in Neurology.

Wyatt Hong
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Wyatt is an undergraduate studying Biology and Symbolic Systems at Stanford. He is interested in the science of memory and the biology of neurodegenerative diseases. His current project seeks to identify novel risk-enhancing genetic factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease by quantifying the epistasis between APOE4 and downstream genes on hippocampal atrophy. He is a captain of the Stanford Men’s Squash Team and a reserve-duty Sergeant of the Republic of Korea Army. Wyatt is now a medical student at the Yale School of Medicine


Aria Jafari
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Aria is a fourth-year medical student at Stanford. During his first two years, Aria completed a research fellowship on cognitive decline in healthy elderly people, and presented his research at the American Academy of Neurology special Cognitive Neurology Discussion Session. He is a graduate of UC San Diego, where he earned a BS in Physiology and Neuroscience. For his honors thesis, Aria developed a novel paradigm to obtain neural recordings from the LGN of an awake behaving rat. He took a break from playing with animals and tinkering with lab equipment to study tropical biology and conduct infectious disease research in a small fishing village in rural Central America. He later returned to work on health disparities facing Nicaraguan refugees. Before medical school, Aria spent a year at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center studying eye movements in dementia patients. Aria enjoys witty comedy, good music, rock climbing, biking, the outdoors and exploring the Bay Area.

Heidi Jiang
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Heidi grew up in the Bay Area and traveled to New England for college. In 2011 she graduated from Brown University with an Sc.B in Cognitive Neuroscience and her honors thesis discussed causal directionality in causal induction. In addition to studying causal reasoning in the Sloman lab, she has also done undergraduate work in cross-cultural cognition at the Cognation lab as well as language acquisition at the Demuth lab. While working in the FIND lab, Heidi provided significant contributions to many projects, and her programming skills led to increases in the productivity and efficieny of everyone in the lab. Heidi left the FIND lab in July, 2013 to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience at Northwestern University.

Maria Molfino
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Maria graduated with a BA in Psychology from McGill University. For her senior thesis, she examined levels of anxious and depressive symptoms among adolescents in rural and urban China. She then wanted to see what research was like in the non-profit sector and how it intersected with domestic policy change. She therefore worked at a research organization that evaluated government sponsored programs, such as Medicare Disease Management programs for chronically-ill populations, and new Health IT initiatives. In the FIND Lab, Maria returned to her roots in psychology to work on a fascinating fMRI project looking at the effects of hypnosis on functional network connectivity, among other neat projects at the FIND Lab. Her long-term research interests include the effects of meditation on brain activity. Outside of work, Maria teaches free yoga and meditation to Stanford students - as part of the student services' Wellness Room program. Maria is now a graduate student at Stanford University, completing a Masters degree in Learning, Design, and Technology.

Katherine Prater
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Katie Prater graduated from Scripps College with a BA in neuroscience in 2006. She spent the next three years at the FIND lab where she was mentored by Mike and others in developing her skills in fMRI acquisition and analysis. During her time in the lab she developed an interest in how network interactions play a role in anxiety disorders and the interaction of emotion and cognition through her collaborations with Mike and Amit. Katie is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan Neuroscience Program where she is working on obtaining a PhD using translational methods to explore anxiety in both rats and humans.

Elena Rykhlevskaia, Ph.D.
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Elena was born in Russia and studied Psychology and Computer Science at Moscow State University. She received her MS in statistics (2004) and PhD in Quantitative Psychology (2006) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While with the FIND Lab, Elena was interested in the changes in structural and functional aspects of brain network connectivity due to brain development and aging. Elena now works for a private company, designing algorithms to model online social networking behavior.

William Shirer
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Will is interested in the neural processes underlying memory and cognition. His research in the lab focuses on utilizing resting state fMRI to detect cognitive states, and changes in cognition due to neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Will recently matriculated at the Stanford University School of Medicine and plans to study neurology/neurosurgery. In another life (one weekend a month), Will is a Captain in the US Army Reserves Medical Service Corps, where he serves as an expert parachutist (Airborne), combatives instructor, combat life saver, and member of the Command Staff for the largest military medical command in the world.
Will was a major driving force behind the successes of the FIND lab, and he can still be caught assisting the lab from time to time while balancing his new medical student responsibilities.

Matthew White, Ph.D.
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Although he originally trained in internal medicine, Matt returned to do his psychiatric training at Stanford in 2005. His main focus of research is in OCD and OCD spectrum disorders, in particular Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling). Since then he has also wandered into functional imaging of other conditions, including depression and hypnosis.


Lab outing to Sunken Diamond (Stanford baseball). May 2017

FIND Lab - Castle Rock On the Trail Climbing

Goat Rock

Lab Outing - August 2014 - Castle Rock State Park

Lab Halloween 2013

Lab Halloween 2013

OHBM 2012

FIND Lab: The Next Generation




Fusiform Gyrus:
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a brain region in the ventral visual stream important for recognizing faces and objects