Eric Feczko, PhD
As a young scientist, I aim to develop better tools for diagnosing and treating children with developmental disorders like autism. My aim requires extensive informatics and clinical training, I have studied developmental and aging disorders, functional and structural primate brain organization using MRI; I have also studied visual perception and social behavior using psychophysical tasks and observed behavior. Because of my research over the past decade, I am an expert in MRI, psychophysical, animal behavioral, and social network analysis techniques, and have studied autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Alzheimer’s disease, and the development of rhesus macaques.
From 2001-2007, I studied structural and functional MRI from Nouchine Hadjkahni, Gordon Harris, Christopher Wright, and Bradford Dickerson. In 2005, I received my B.A. in neuroscience from Brandeis University. From 2007-2013. I pursued and obtained my Ph.D. in neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis, where I mastered network analysis, resting state functional MRI, and studied autism spectrum disorders. As a postdoc at Emory University from 2013-2016, I studied rhesus macaque visual and social development with Lisa Parr, Mar Sanchez, and Jocelyne Bachevalier. Since arriving at Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2016, I received a position on the National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellowship, and pivoted towards data science and informatics. In my latest work, I developed an approach to characterize heterogeneity of clinical outcomes.
Robert Hermosillo, PhD
I received my B.S. in Human Physiology and a M.S. in Neurophysiology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and a Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in Canada. I also held a postdoctoral fellowship in Speech and Hearing Sciences, investigating speech motor disorders at the University of Washington in Seattle. I'm currently a recipient of the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity Inclusion in Research Award (OFDIR). Our ability to diagnose psychiatric disorders is limited by our ability to observe behaviors during clinical evaluation, however clinical heterogeneity and the imprecise nature of diagnosis represent fundamentally confounding factors limiting a better understanding of their etiology, prevention, and treatment. My research aim is to be able to discriminate between developmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and potential sub types based on brain function. I use a combination of machine learning algorithms, genetics, and state-of-the-art neuroimagining techniques to look at brain networks and classify neuropsychiatric disorders.
Lucille A. Moore, PhD
I joined the lab in early 2019 as a fellow with ORCCAMIND (Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders) after receiving my PhD in neuroscience at the Vollum Institute at OHSU. During my PhD I used in vitro electrophysiology to elucidate auditory brainstem microcircuits in a mouse model. I have since shifted towards data science and clinical research with the goal of making more immediate impact on both human health and the system of academic research. As such, my research program in the DCAN Lab explores the potential for mindfulness-based intervention adapted for pregnant women to alter developing fetal brain systems via reduced stress in the mother. My role in this project is to (1) develop the processing and analytic pipelines necessary for efficient and novel analysis of infant brain imaging and (2) analyze affected maternal and infant brain systems in tandem.
Outside of lab, I am passionate about creating a more equitable scientific and global community and deconstructing power dynamics created by ownership of information. To this end, I work as an open science advocate to promote open practices in research. I am also dedicated to making science and society more racially equitable. I therefore serve as a data coordinator for the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science to promote recruitment, retention, and support of graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in graduate programs at OHSU.
Binyam Nardos, PhD
In 2013, I received my PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences (Neurosciences) from Washington University in St. Louis, where I was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. While my dissertation research focused on characterizing the brain-basis of word learning in young adults, my current research investigates how socio-emotional contexts influence decision making in the presence of race cues (e.g. black vs. white faces). I am passionate about combining my strong research, teaching, and mentorship background to advance social justice in academia and beyond. I currently co-lead the Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) outreach initiative.
Anita Randolph, Ph.D.
I am a proud first-generation college graduate with a passion for research and service. I graduated in 2011 from the University of Georgia (UGA) with a triple major in Animal Science with an emphasis in Animal Biology (BSA), Microbiology (BS), and Genetics (BS). While at UGA, I conducted research in several fields including evolutionary genetics, avian mycoplasmosis, and the use of human stem cells to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. As a Preparatory Research Experience Postbaccalaureate Program (PREP) Scholar at the University of Alabama – Birmingham, I studied alterations in astrocytic protein and gene expression in the pilocarpine model of epilepsy.
In 2014, I began graduate studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston). My dissertation research focused on characterizing ovine central nervous damage after acute exposure to smoke inhalation with and without third-degree skin burn injury. After the completion of my dissertation in 2018, I was awarded the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity Inclusion in Research Award. Currently, I am researching addiction in collaboration with Dr. Damien Fair and Dr. William Hoffman. I am also the co-director of our Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) outreach program. When I am not conducting research, I am engaged in several outreach projects throughout the greater Portland area and abroad in countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, and South Africa.