Principal Investigator:

My research is primarily focused on the study of brain networks involved in conscious and nonconscious information processing. To understand these networks I use a single-scan dynamic molecular imaging technique, which we recently developed to detect, map and measure dopamine released in the human brain during cognitive, emotional and behavioral processing. The technique uses positron emission tomography (PET) and provides a unique opportunity to study neurochemical changes associated with the brain processing. In addition to this technique, I use functional MRI to localize brain areas involved in processing of various aspects of human conscious and nonconscious experiences. Further, I exploit the ability of dynamic molecular imaging to detect acute changes in the brain neurotransmission to study neuropathology of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions.
E-mail:
rbrb@buffalo.edu

 

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Co- Investigators:

My research focuses on understanding how brain regions involved in top-down control processes (such as attention) influence sensory regions, specifically for complex visual perception. To investigate these relationships, I have used neuroimaging techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event-related potentials (ERP). Using fMRI, I have also examined the functional connectivity between brain regions to develop further insight into the network underlying top-down modulation of sensory processes. Integration of multiple techniques, each with different strengths and weaknesses, is critical to develop a more complete understanding of human brain function. My future work will aim to incorporate such strategies, along with PET imaging, to understand how breakdown of these processes are involved in human neuropsychiatric disorders.
E-mail:
askye37@gmail.com

Chris Blais, PHD Postdoctoral Researcher

It is difficult to imagine what life would be like without the ability to regulate behavior. The majority of research investigating cognitive control--the self-regulation of ones goals and actions--is concentrated on effortful control, often through the use of explicit rules and strategies. This important body of research often ignores the fact that many facets of cognitive control operate below the level of awareness. My research focuses on understanding these mechanisms of implicit of cognitive control. The implications of this work are important for understanding cognitive and emotional self-regulation, and have implications for intervention programs designed to treat the various failures of self-regulation, such as the spectrum of obsessive-compulsive disorders. Thus, my work speaks to important issues in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, affective science, clinical psychology, and social psychology.
E-mail:
chris.blais@gmail.com

My research interests are developing methods for the analysis of medical images. My research focuses on creating parametric maps from post-reconstructed PET, SPECT, MRI, CT, and source localization EEG images. My current work focuses on improving parameter estimation using dynamic image noise reduction, segmentation algorithms, and the development of large image databases and specialized image search algorithms.
E-mail:
dswack@buffalo.edu

I am a tenured professor in psychiatry, pediatrics and psychology here at UB. My research interests have been in the area of social and affective neuroscience. Specifically I have studied the impact of family relational process on child emotions and physical well being. With my research partner, Bruce Miller M.D. (also professor in P, P and P here at UB) we have examined autonomic dysregulation as a mediator of the effect of depression on child asthma. We are interested in extending our study of pathways and mechanisms underlying the effect of stress and emotions and physical well-being and illness to brain function I want to become more knowledgeable about brain function and neuroimaging methodology in order to collaborate intelligently with colleagues using these techniques. I like biking, working out and meditating.
E-mail:
bwood@buffalo.edu

Sampada Sinha, MD Research Assistant

Mina Ayad, MD Research Assistant

I am a general physician from India. I like the complexities of human brain and the disorders associated with it. I want to be a part of research project which deals with mental disorders and its effect on cognitive process and behaviour such as substance abuse disorder(including alcohol) or Schizophrenia. My hobbies include sports such as badminton, swimming and playing online chess, apart from that I love to read(fiction, non-fiction and autobiography) and spending time with my family and friends. I would love to be a part of project which helps me to understand and unravel the human mind.

E-mail:
drsampadasinha@buffalo.edu

I am a graduate from Alexandria school of medicine. I am quite interested in psychiatry especially personality disorders ,depression and drug abuse.Because of my medical background, I always feel the need to focus on neurobiology and its impact on the psychopathology of the above mentioned psychiatric disorders. Furthermore, I believe that many psychiatric problems can influence any part of the human body as in psychosomatic disorders. This is why I think that psychiatry and internal medicine (Neurology in particular ) go hand in hand with each other. In my spare time I like playing tennis, drawing, reading history books, listening to music, and role playing.

E-mail:
mina_salama@hotmail.com

Research Assistants:

Text Box: Shanelle Rauch
Research Assistant
I'm primarily interested in the patterns in Physiology of what is being studied. By studying, for example, the lateral geniculate nucleus, and how unconscious processes in the eye affects it has helped us learn about general principles of how the brain works. I would like to help bring more of that to the table, in any place where I am needed. Outside of academia, I volunteer as an EMT-B and interior firefighter at Getzville Fire Dept. (by North Campus) and also working out whenever time permits.
E-mail: shanelle@buffalo.edu

Rowena Chin

Text Box: Rowena Chin
Research Assistant
Cognitive control is a central aspect of higher-level executive functioning. I am interested in examining the neural basis underlying the interaction between control mechanisms and associated cognitive domains (such as selective attention, response inhibition, and aspects of memory). In addition, I am also interested in studying how these processes are implicated in neurobehavioral disorders like ADHD and in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease.
E-mail: rowenahu@buffalo.edu

Amanda Haskell

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Research Assistant
I am interested in all aspects of consciousness, especially investigating parts of the brain or neural networks that might act as the foundation to what we call conscious thought. Moral decision making also fascinates me, as I wonder how people actually make these kinds of judgments and how much they depend on individual characteristics of the brain.
E-mail: amhaskel@buffalo.edu

Kristina Hua

Text Box: Kristina Hua
Research Assistant
How the brain works, why people behave the way they do.
E-mail: kahua@buffalo.edu

David Klun

Text Box: David Klun
Research Assistant
As an upcoming Senior Undergrad at UB, psychology obviously has always been an interest. Neurology has been recently fascinating to me as I have worked extensively, both in my professional and personal life, with people suffering from various levels of Alzheimer's Disease and dementia, as well as how moods are affected by different aspects of neurological functions and disfunctions. In my spare time, I enjoy writing plays and musicals as well as helping my local Youth Theatre group.
E-mail: davidklu@buffalo.edu

Price Obot

Text Box: Price Obot
Research Assistant
My interests are in medicine and research; I intend to pursue both simultaneously. In general my neuroscientific interests are in how stress affects the body and brain. Specifically, I am curious of the ways in which stress (stressors, perceived stress) influences the reward pathways of the brain.
E-mail: priceobo@buffalo.edu

Kevin Grazioplene

Text Box: Kevin Grazioplene
Research Assistant
I'm an undergrad junior pursuing a Psychology B.S. degree. I'm interested in advancement of distributed cognition, specifically the Worldwide Web and how it makes possible new forms of human collaboration and cognition. During my free time I enjoy surfing the Web on either my iPhone or MacBook.
E-mail: kevingra@buffalo.edu

Nicole Egan

Text Box: Nicole Egan
Research Assistant
I am interested in many different areas of psychology, but lately I have been more interested in the role of memory with PTSD. Many patients with PTSD report a short term memory loss, and I would like to know more about why.
E-mail: nicoleeg@buffalo.edu

Christian Matthews

Text Box: Christian Matthews
Research Assistant
I am a sophomore Medicinal Chemistry student. My interests lie in the medical qualities of drug function. I have always been astonished at the healing powers of pharmaceuticals and would like to learn more about the physiological influences and interactions of various substances in the human body. I enjoy boating as well as playing sports, especially hockey.
E-mail: crmatthe@buffalo.edu

Alam Shafiul

Text Box: Alam Shafiul
Research Assistant
Throughout my entire life, the concepts of brain and mind were part and parcel of my thoughts. Eventually, through my academic journey when I started to study about psychology and its related fields, I became more obsessive and aggressive to explore more about mind and brain. As a result, today all of my enthusiasm and dedication are about the cognitive and behavioral processes of mind and brain. Since the last few years, I have been deeply interested with cognitive functions of the brain and mind and have been exploring deeply the most fundamental philosophical issue of mind and body- how are the mind and body related? Or how does mind affect body and vice versa? As an idealistic person, I believe this is ultimately our consciousness or mind that influences significantly on our body or brain. So, through my future study, I want to explore and prove if this is mind that is the ultimate fuel of our behavior or it is simply the water of the brain that becomes the wine of consciousness. 
E-mail: adharashafiul@gmail.com

Neha Sharma

Text Box: Neha Sharma
Research Assistant
I am interested in understanding the brain's involvement in the development of severe psychological disorders such as Schizophrenia. I would like to study how certain cognitive dysfunctions that develop due to structural abnormalities in the brain are related to the presenting symptoms used to diagnose the disorders. In my free time, I enjoy tutoring my favorite subject, Chemistry, and reading novels by my favorite author, Joyce Carol Oates! 
E-mail: nehashar@buffalo.edu

Rathin Radhakrishnan Nair

Text Box: Rathin Radhakrishnan Nair
Research Assistant
I am final year Computer Science Masters student (beginning my PhD next semester). My interests is in the field of Machine Learning and its related applications. 
E-mail: rathinra@buffalo.edu

David Rajcoomar

Text Box: David Rajcoomar
Research Assistant
I am primarily interested in human behavior and the processes responsible for those behaviors. PTSD in military personnel is something that has always grabbed my attention, so my goal is to gain as much knowledge on the disorder that I possibly can. More specifically, I would like to know how it is developed and whether or not it can be reversed. With this information we may be able to help those with PTSD return to living the normal lifestyle they were once accustomed to. 
E-mail: hdr@buffalo.edu

Jacob Kimball

Text Box: Jacob Kimball
Research Assistant
I am currently an undergrad majoring psychology at UB. As of right now my research interests are very flexible as I am interested in many aspects of cognition such as perception, memory, imagination, etc. and how they relate to neural processes. I often find myself considering questions like, What neural processes occur differently when someone perceives a stimulus compared to when they remember that stimulus or imagine it? I am excited for the opportunity to gain a better perspective in these areas and others by increasing my understanding of them in respects to the neurological factors that play a role in their occurrence and the implications that can be made with this knowledge.
E-mail: jnkimbal@buffalo.edu

Chris Becker

Text Box: Chris Becker
Research Assistant
I am a sophomore biochemistry major at University at Buffalo. My interests lie in how the brain functions. More specifically I am interested in brain function under various conditions, whether those conditions be a disease or disorder, the result of medication, or due to external stress. 
E-mail: cgbecker@buffalo.edu

Adriana MedinaText Box: Adriana Medina
Lab Manager
I am an undergraduate senior working towards two bachelors degrees in Psychology and Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience. I enjoy studying the cognitive and behavioral neuroscience involved in mental illness. The unusual behavioral and cognitive symptoms associated with schizophrenia in particular have always intrigued me. I would love to work on a project that would allow me to study the neurological mechanisms contributing to altered brain function in schizophrenics. I am also interested the neurological functions involved in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction, and stress. In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, camping, fishing, painting, and reading.
E-mail: adrianam@buffalo.edu

 

Shanelle Rauch