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.

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Graduate Students

Emma Myers is a PhD student in Computational Neuroscience at Boston University. Emma is conducting comparative analyses of brain-wide patterns of gene expression in the human and mouse.

Chris Markiewicz is a PhD student in the Cognitive and Neural Systems program at BU. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Tulsa.Chris came to CNS for the systems-level approach in modelling biological systems and designing biologically inspired algorithms and technology. He is interested in the association between network structure and function at multiple levels of resolution, with potential applications in distributed problem solving algorithms. Chris is currently using multivariate pattern analysis to understand cortical representations of speech sounds.

Former Graduate Students:

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

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)