Lab Members


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.

Curriculum Vitae

Lab Members

Post-doctoral Fellows

Richard Hardstone

Richard Hardstone

Richard received his MEng. 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.


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.


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.



Yuan-hao Wu

Yuan-hao attained his B.Sc. in Psychology at University Graz and Cognitive Neuroscience at Freie Universität Berlin. He completed his Ph.D. training in Felix Blankenburg’s group at Freie Universität Berlin in 2019, studying working memory and decision-making in the somatosensory domain. Yuan-hao joined Dr. He’s lab in March 2020. His current research focuses on two main topics: 1) interplay between prior information and sensory inputs that gives rise to the visual perception; 2) neural mechanisms underlying visual perception, imagination, and hallucination. To tackle these questions, he uses a combination of methods, including neuroimaging (fMRI, M/EEG), psychophysics, and computational modeling.


Graduate Students


Jonathan D. Shor

Jonathan received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, and subsequently spent over a decade in the private sector. After rising to the position of COO of a mid-sized consumer goods company, he decided the trick had been won and it was time to pursue his passion: computational neuroscience. He earned his M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2018, including a project in Rafael Yuste’s lab where he developed a computational method to detect temporal ensembles in spike train data. Jonathan is currently pursuing his PhD at NYU, and has recently joined the lab of Dr. Biyu He and plans to investigate how the underlying neural mechanisms differ between conscious and unconscious perception.


Brandon Chen

Brandon received his B.A. in psychology from Bard College. He then spent two years at the NIH as a post-bac IRTA fellow in the lab of Afonso Silva investigating neurovascular coupling using two-photon imaging. After, he spent two years in the lab of Alipasha Vaziri developing methods to enable large-scale neuronal recordings. Currently, he is interested in understanding how internal representations influence perception.



Visiting Fellow

Shira Baror

Shira completed her B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Studies at the Open University in Israel, and her M.A in Cognitive Psychology at Bar Ilan University. For her PhD studies she joined prof. Moshe Bar’s lab at The Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, where she studied the influence of various cognitive factors on perceptual and mental associative processes. Upon completing her PhD, Shira joined Dr. Biyu He’s lab at NYU. Her research focuses on exploring how expectations, context and predictions influence perceptual processing, and she aims to uncover the underlying mechanisms of ongoing spontaneous perception.




Post-doctoral Fellows

Brian Maniscalco

Brian Maniscalco (2013 - 2017)
Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, Columbia University, 2013
Now: Research scientist, UC-Riverside

Alex Baria

Alex Baria (2014 - 2015)
Ph.D in Neuroscience, Northwestern University, 2012
Now: Data scientist

Qi Li

Qi Li (2011 - 2014)
Ph.D. in condensed matter theory, University of Oregon, 2008

Graduate Students

Carlos Gonzalez-Garcia

Carlos Gonzalez-Garcia (2015-2016)
Fulbright Scholar, visiting from University of Granada, Spain.
Now: Post-doc, Ghent University, Belgium.



Lab Managers

Max Levinson

Max Levinson (2017 - 2019)
B.S. in Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2017.
Now: PhD Program in Neuroscience at McGill University.



Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellows

Matthew Flounders

Matthew Flounders (2015 - 2017)
B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 2015.
Now: Medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ray Chang

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

Amy Lin

Amy Lin (2014 - 2015)
B.A. in Neuroscience, Colorado College, 2012.
Now: Ph.D Program in Neuroscience at UCLA.

Zak Hill

Zachary Hill (2012 - 2014)
B.A. in Biology – Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012.
Next: Medical student at the University of Washington.
Now: Resident, Otolaryngology, Washington University in St. Louis.

Megan Wang

Megan Wang (2011 - 2013)
B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of California at Irvine, 2011.
Next: Ph.D program in Neuroscience at Stanford University.
Now: Post-doc at Princeton University.

Dan Arteaga

Dan Arteaga (2010 - 2011)
B.A. in Biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis, 2010.
Next: Medical student at Vanderbilt University.
Now: Physician, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Undergraduate Students

Michael Zhu, B.S. in Neuroscience, NYU; Now:Masters Program in Data Science at UC Berkeley


Leana King, B.S. Neuroscience and Psychology, NYU; Now: PhD Program in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley