People

Prof. Jason W. Bohland earned his BS degree in Computer Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering (Systems Engineering focus), both from the University of Cincinnati. His Master’s thesis work involved some of the first applications of so-called small world graphs to the domain of neural networks. Jay went on to study in the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University, doing his thesis work with Dr. Frank Guenther. This work focused on functional imaging of planning and production of nonword syllable sequences using fMRI and MEG, in conjunction with computational modeling. After completing his PhD, Jay worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist in Dr. Partha Mitra’s group at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. This work was focused within the Brain Architecture Project, which began as a computational and informatics effort to characterize neural connections, but has evolved into an experimental project to systematically and comprehensively map the projection patterns in the mouse brain. Prof. Bohland continues to collaborate in this endeavor.

In 2009, Jay was hired as faculty at Boston University, in Sargent College as an Assistant professor of Health Sciences, and as a faculty member in the new interdisciplinary Neuroscience program. He also has a secondary appointment in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Currently Prof. Bohland runs the Quantitative Neuroscience Lab, where we apply an integrative approach to study human brain architecture, with special emphasis on systems that support speech and language. Jay also teaches within Sargent College and the undergraduate neuroscience program.

Sargent College Profile | CV | Google Scholar | Pubmed Bibliography


Lab Members

Emma M. Myers joined the Quantitative Neuroscience Lab as a PhD student in Computational Neuroscience, and is now a postdoctoral associate. Her research is focused on gene expression in the brain using high-throughput datasets, and particularly the identification of transcriptomic signatures shared by homologous brain structures in the human and mouse. She also studies the expression profiles of genes implicated in speech and language disorders in the human brain.

Before coming to Boston University, Emma earned her BA in Cognitive Science from Vassar College. She worked as a laboratory technician in Robert Desimone’s lab (first at the NIH, then at MIT) conducting and analyzing experiments in electrophysiology in macaque visual cortex. Having experienced “wet brain” work and developed skills in writing code for analysis, Emma came to BU to pursue research in neuroscience using computational and data analytic approaches. She is interested in using transcriptomic information to clarify disease etiology, and to inform mouse models of human neuropathologies.

Emma Myers CV


Former Graduate Students:

Christopher Markiewicz, (PhD, Cognitive & Neural Systems) – currently Software Developer, Stanford University.
Sara Saperstein, (MA, Cognitive & Neural Systems) – currently Data Scientist at Pixability, Inc.
Raymond Yan (MS, Bioinformatics) – currently Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Undergraduate Students

Grace Michnovicz (UROP program, Summer 2017)

Anant Gupta (Undergrad Research Assistant, 2017 -, UROP program, Summer 2017)

Garen Kroshian (Sargent College Thesis for Distinction, Summer 2015 – )

Jackson Lee (Undergrad Research Assistant, 2015 -)

Jake Uminski (Independent Work for Distinction, Fall 2014 -)

Deana Novin (Undergraduate Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, Fall 2014 -)

Jacqueline You (Undergrad Research Assistant, Summer 2014-Spring 2015)

Dominic Nistal (CELEST Summer Program for Undergraduates, 2013)

Jessica Malloy (UROP program, Summer 2012; Independent Work for Distinction, 2012-2013)

Alexander Vera (CELEST Summer Program for Undergraduates, 2010)

Esther Kim (CELEST Summer Program for Undergraduates, 2010)

Marlee McDonald (UROP program, Spring-Summer 2011)

Noah Kelley (Directed Study, Fall 2011)

Krhystyne Pablo (Directed Study, Spring 2011)

Natasha Desai (Volunteer, Summer 2011)

Lauren Drake (Volunteer, Summer 2011)


Collaborators

Christopher Bartlett (Ohio State University)

Uri Eden (Boston University)

Michael Hawrylycz (Allen Institute for Brain Science)

Partha Mitra (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Swathi Kiran (Boston University)

Mark Kramer (Boston University)

Cara Stepp (Boston University)

Frank Guenther (Boston University)