Lab Members

PI

Biyu He

Biyu Jade He

Biyu attained her B.S. in biology from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. She received her Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied the functional significance and spatiotemporal organization of spontaneous brain activity, as well as the neural basis of the fMRI signal. She was an Early Independent Investigator at the National Institutes of Health before joining NYU. Her laboratory investigates three main research topics: 1) large-scale brain dynamics underlying conscious vs. unconscious processing; 2) interaction between spontaneous and evoked brain activity and nonlinear brain dynamics; 3) functional and generative mechanisms of scale-free brain activity.

Email: Biyu.He@nyumc.org
Curriculum Vitae

Lab Members

Post-doctoral Fellows

Brian Maniscalco

Brian Maniscalco

Brian received his B.S. in computer science from Cornell University before studying experimental psychology and neuroscience under Hakwan Lau at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2013. He is interested in studying the cognitive and neural bases of visual awareness, metacognition, and decision making by employing cognitive neuroscience tools such as EEG, MEG, fMRI and TMS, as well as analytical methods such as signal detection theory and information theoretic model selection. His interests also include meditation, cognitive training, and real-time neurofeedback.
Curriculum Vitae

Richard Hardstone

Richard Hardstone

Richard received his M.Eng. in Computing from Imperial College, London in 2006. In 2010 he started his Ph.D training in the group of Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen at VU Amsterdam, where he developed computational models of critical-state dynamics. He is currently interested in developing neurophysiological biomarkers that give insight into mass-neuronal organization and applying these biomarkers to understand conscious perception of stimuli, resting-state cognition, and disorders of excitation/inhibition balance.

Email: Richard.Hardstone@nyumc.org

Ella Podvalny

Ella Podvalny

Ella received her B.Sc in computational neuroscience from the Bar Ilan University. For her PhD studies she joined Rafi Malach’s group at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where she studied temporal and spectral dynamics of neuronal population signals in the human visual cortex. She is now interested in basic neurophysiological questions of how neurons interact within networks in order to create the complex profile of neuronal population signals. She is also interested in how the ongoing population signals are affected by external stimulation (through sensory modalities or a direct cortical stimulation) and give rise to higher-level cognitive behavior.

Curriculum Vitae

Thomas Baumgarten

Thomas J. Baumgarten

Thomas received his Diploma in Psychology from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf in 2011. Subsequently, he joined the group of Alfons Schnitzler at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf in order to start his Ph.D. training under the supervision of Joachim Lange. He finished his Ph.D. focusing on the neural correlates of conscious perception of somatosensory stimuli in 2016. Currently, he is interested in the neural underpinnings of conscious perception in the visual and somatosensory domain. To this end, he employs various neuroscientific tools while focusing on electrophysiological measures. He is further interested how stimuli which do not reach perceptual awareness influence the perception and neuronal encoding of other, consciously perceived stimuli.

 

Ph.D. Students

Jenn Lee

Jenn Lee

Jenn received her B.Sc in neuroscience from McGill University where she studied multimodal sensory processing in C. elegans as well as the neural correlates of sexual concordance in humans. During her Ph.D study at NYU, she is currently learning about how we extract statistical information from our surroundings to produce useful predictions about our complex environments.

 

Research Associate/Lab Manager

Max Levinson

Max Levinson

Max received his B.S. in biological sciences from Cornell University in 2017 where he studied top-down modulation of odor similarity in rodents. He is interested in the neural mechanisms underlying perceptual awareness. He is currently using fMRI to investigate conscious perception of visual stimuli.

Email: max.levinson@nyumc.org

 

 

Undergraduate Students

Michael Zhu

Michael Zhu

Michael is a third year undergraduate student at New York University. He is studying for a B.S. in Neuroscience. He is mainly interested in topics in cognitive neuroscience, such as executive functions and the interactions between the prefrontal cortex and the rest of the brain.

Leana King

Leana is a fourth year undergraduate student at New York University. She is studying for a B.S. in Neuroscience as well as minors in psychology and chemistry. Her areas of interest within neuroscience include neurobiology of psychiatric disorders as well as multimodal imaging.

 

Alumni

Post-doctoral Fellows

Alex Baria

Alex Baria
Ph.D in Neuroscience, Northwestern University, 2012

Qi Li

Qi Li
Ph.D. in condensed matter theory, University of Oregon, 2008.

Graduate Students

Carlos Gonzalez-Garcia

Carlos Gonzalez-Garcia
As a 2015 Fulbright Scholar, Carlos joined the lab during his Ph.D study at the University of Granada, Spain. He received his Ph.D in March 2017.

 

 

Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellows

Ray Chang

Matthew Flounders
B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 2015.
Now: ACHS, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, started in 2017.
 

Ray Chang

Ray Chang
B.S. in Psychology-Neuroscience, Yale University, 2014.
Now: Medical student at Cornell University, started in 2015.
 

Amy Lin

Amy Lin
B.A in Neuroscience, Colorado College,2012.
Now: Graduate student in the Ph.D Program for Neuroscience at UCLA, started in 2015.

Zak Hill

Zachary Hill
B.A. in Biology – Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012.
Now: Medical student at the University of Washington, started in 2014.

Megan Wang

Megan Wang
B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of California at Irvine, 2011.
Now: Graduate student in the Ph.D program in Neuroscience at Stanford University, started in 2013.
 

Dan Arteaga

Dan Arteaga
Washington University in St. Louis, 2010.
Next: Medical student at Vanderbilt University, started in 2011.
Now: Neurology resident, University of Virginia