Research Assistants

Eric Earl (he/him)

Eric Earl

Position: Senior Research Assistant
I am a Senior Research Assistant in DCAN Lab.  I lead the computing team with the goals of developing new software to simplify image processing and analysis as well as supporting the wide variety of software already in use.  I am also a co-developer of the Framewise Integrated Real-time MRI Monitoring software (FIRMM) at and  I completed my BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Portland in 2006 and studied Computer Science, Statistics, and Systems Science at Portland State University from 2009 to 2016.  I developed my love for research in two different OHSU departments (Biomedical Engineering 2006-2009 and the Advanced Imaging Research Center 2009-2012) prior to settling down in the DCAN Lab in April of 2013.

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Julia Grieser-Painter, Ph.D. (she/her)

Julia Grieser-Painter

Position: Research Associate
I joined OHSU and the DCAN lab in 2011 as a project coordinator. Currently, I do data management of behavioral data collected in the DCAN lab, involving children with ADHD and ASD. I completed my Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.)  at the University of Leipzig, Germany and the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, and my Diplom in Psychology (Master’s degree equivalent) at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany.

Greg Conan

Greg Conan

Position: Research Assistant II
I graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Science from George Fox University in 2019. I write scripts in Python and other languages to process and analyze neuroimaging data for the DCAN Lab, and have assisted with a variety of projects. I aim to produce clear, user-friendly, and standardized code for neuroimaging research. My academic interests also include bioethics; in August 2019, I published an essay in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Find me on Twitter: @gregoryconan

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Olivia Doyle (she/her)

Olivia Doyle

Position: Research Assistant II
I am a Research Assistant in DCAN Lab. I work primarily on the Autism study doing data management and performing neuropsychological testing. I also operating MRI scans for multiple studies; working with children with ASD, ADHD, and infants. My research interests include, executive functioning in typical and atypical children, DTI imaging and gender differences in ASD. I got my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Lewis and Clark College and I hope to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. When I am not at work I am usually hanging out with my cat, bouldering or making pasta.

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Thomas Madison (he/him)

Thomas Madison

Position: Research Assistant II
I joined the DCAN Lab in early 2019 as a volunteer with the rodent models team.  In my current work I assist with data acquisition, processing, and general project management for the lab’s rodent studies.  I’m interested in how our lab can integrate rs-fcMRI with other neuroimaging modalities to model brain development in both animals and humans.  I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Portland State University.

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Anders Perrone

Anders Perrone

Position: Research Assistant II
I joined DCAN Lab in 2016 as a Research Assistant on the computing team. I am a system administrator and provide general IT support to the lab. My main focus is automation of image processing and analysis. I graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics and am now a Masters student in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering program here at OHSU. I am primarily interested in studying how Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence can be used to quantitatively diagnose neuropsychiatric disorders from fMRI images. Outside of work you can find me playing pick-up soccer all over Portland or enjoying live music.

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Johnny Uriarte

Johnny Uriarte

Position: Research Assistant I
I first interned at the DCAN lab in 2017 through the BUILD EXITO Program at Portland State University, and I was officially hired on in 2019. As a member of the infant and the computing team I collaborate with many members in the lab. My primary role is to process and quality control neuroimaging scans for ASD, ADHD, and infant studies. I first got interested in neuroscience through my own experiences and self-study on neurodevelopmental disorders and concussions. I will soon finish my B.S. in Biochemistry from Portland State, and after graduation I hope to become a medical researcher and/or a medical doctor while staying in the field of neuroscience. People can find me outside of work playing video games, going to concerts, or taking random trips around the state.

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Nadia Busekrus (she/her)

Nadia Busekrus

Position: Research Assistant I
I am an administrative assistant for the DCAN lab and program assistant for our Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) Initiative and the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research. I graduated with a B.S. in Community Health from George Mason University in 2018. I am interested in the intersection of justice and the social determinants of health for communities’ wellbeing. I have been volunteering with and mentoring youth for more than 10 years.

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