Shi Gu, Ph.D.  Shi recently his PhD under the mentorship of close collaborator Danielle Bassett.   As part of his work there, he used network control theory to understand brain structural brain networks (link).  Furthermore,  Shi lead collaborative work exploring the evolution of functional brain networks in adolescence (using data from the PNC), which was published in PNAS (link). As part of his ongoing work supported by a collaborative R21 between Drs. Bassett and Satterthwaite, Shi is investigating how network control evolves during adolescence and allows for the development of executive function.  

 

 

 

Antonia Kaczkurkin, Ph.D.  Antonia completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Minnesota, and joined the lab as a post-doctoral fellow in 2015.   Her research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of anxiety and mood disorders. Specific ongoing work includes studying biological markers of anxiety and mood disorders using  psychophysiological measures such as electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), startle blink electromyography (EMG), and skin conductance.   In ongoing work, she integrates multi-modal imaging including task-based fMRI, T1 imaging of brain structure, and arterial spin labeling (ASL) imaging of brain perfusion.  Her first paper from her work in the lab, entitled "Elevated Amygdala Perfusion Mediates Developmental Sex Differences in Trait Anxiety" was recently accepted at Biological Psychiatry.

 

 

Rula Nasser, M.D.  Rula is a second-year neonatology fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  She is leading a project investigating the impact of prematurity on subsequent adolescent brain development and cognitive function.   

 

Anup Sharma, M.D., Ph.D. Anup completed his M.S. in Chemistry studying mRNA/micoRNA gene regulatory pathways as part of the University of Pennsylvania Vagelos Program in the Molecular Life Sciences. He completed his M.D. Ph.D. in the Department of Neuroscience developing single-cell technologies to understand neuronal death mechanisms under advisor Dr. James Eberwine. Currently, as part of collaborative projects with Dan Wolf and Joe Kable, he currently investigating dimensional reward-system deficits across psychiatric disorders. Moving forward, he is interested in integrating live human cell gene expression analysis with functional MRI to understand the relationship between cellular and circuit-level regulatory networks. Additionally, he is interested in developing neuroimaging biomarkers to evaluate non-pharmacological interventions. Anup is funded through the Neuropsychiatry training grant (T32, PI: Raquel E. Gur).