Lab Members


Biyu He

Biyu Jade He

Biyu received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining NYU, she led her own independent research group in the intramural research program of the NIH/NINDS, with an intramural equivalent of the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. Her laboratory uses a combination of invasive and non-invasive multimodal human brain imaging, brain stimulation, and computational approaches to investigate the neural mechanisms of perceptual processing in the human brain. She has also made original contributions to understanding the organization, mechanisms and functional roles of spontaneous brain activity and aperiodic brain activity. She has received a Society for Neuroscience Trubatch Career Development Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award among other awards.

Curriculum Vitae

Lab Members

Post-doctoral Fellows


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.



Lua Koenig

Lua obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2014. She then joined Dr Tony Ro’s lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York to pursue her PhD. There she focused on the neural mechanisms of conscious perception, and in particular touch perception. She investigated the neural underpinnings of unconscious touch, and several tactile illusions including sound-touch synesthesia. She is interested in how conscious perception arises through the interaction of sensory information with internal brain states, and how this interaction explains individual differences in perception. To this end, she uses psychophysics, neuroimaging methods (fMRI and EEG) and non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS).


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.


Emily Thomas

Emily completed her B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Lincoln, UK in 2015. She then obtained her M.Sc. in Brain and Cognition at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, where she conducted a research project in spatial cognition, examining assumptions of embodied cognition. Following this, she joined Prof Clare Press' lab at Birkbeck, University of London to undertake her PhD, examining the influences of prediction on visual and tactile perception and sensory processing in action contexts. Emily joined Dr. Biyu He's lab in June 2021 to work on projects examining the neural correlates of conscious perception across sensory modalities, and how prior knowledge influences perception and conscious awareness. To conduct this research she uses a combination of psychophysics and neuroimaging methods.



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.




Ayaka Hachisuka

Ayaka received her B.S. in neuroscience from UCLA, where she spent a few years in the lab of Dr. Mayank Mehta's lab studying spatial navigation. She then worked in the lab of Dr. Sotiris Masmanidis studying reward-guided learning and movement. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD at NYU in the lab of Dr. Biyu He. She is interested in neural mechanisms of conscious visual perception.




Undergraduate Students  

Dillan Spector

Dillan is an undergraduate student at New York University who will be obtaining his B.S. in Neuroscience. During his junior year of college, he joined Dr. Biyu He’s lab at NYU Langone as a lab assistant working under Dr. Thomas Baumgarten. Currently, Dillan has continued to explore conscious perception in a joint behavioral study and has been working with Dr. Shira Baror and Dr. Yuan-hao Wu on their respective projects. Through these endeavors, he hopes to better understand different lab techniques and further explore perception.



Post-doctoral Fellows

Brian Maniscalco

Brian Maniscalco (2013 - 2017)
Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, Columbia University, 2013 

Now: Research scientist, UC-Irvine

Richard Hardstone (2016-2021)
Ph.D. in neuroscience, VU University Amsterdam, 2016 

Now: Research Fellow, MGH

Thomas Baumgarten (2017 - 2020)
Ph.D. in Psychology, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, 2016

Now: Post-doctoral fellow, Heinrich Heine University

Ella Podvalny

Ella Podvalny (2016 - 2021)
Ph.D. in neuroscience, Weizmann institute of Science, 2016 

Now: Research fellow, Rutgers University


Graduate Students

Carlos Gonzalez-Garcia

Carlos Gonzalez-Garcia (2015-2016)
Fulbright Scholar, visiting from University of Granada, Spain.
Now: Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación fellow, University of Granada.



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: Resident, Anesthesiology, UCSF.

Amy Lin

Amy Lin (2014 - 2015)
B.A. in Neuroscience, Colorado College, 2012.
Now: Consultant at Acsel Health

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: Neurologist, Nashville.

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