ALAN JASANOFF, Ph.D. (PI)
Associate Professor

Alan initiated the laboratory’s research in “molecular fMRI,” ultrahigh resolution neuroimaging, and behavioral neuroscience. He joined the MIT faculty in 2004.
ALI BARANDOV, Ph.D.
Postdoc (BE)

Ali is interested in the design and development of small molecule sensors for intracellular signal transduction events.
BENJAMIN BARTELLE, Ph.D.
Postdoc (BE)

Ben is developing MRI sensor proteins meant to explore the function of the brain in vivo. He has previously developed a suite of MRI reporter proteins for studies of functional and developmental genetics of the mouse.
SARAH BRICAULT
Graduate Student (Biology)

Sarah is investigating neural mechanisms of rewarding and aversive stimulus processing using fMRI approaches in rats
MITUL DESAI, Ph.D.
Postdoc (BE)

Mitul studies how neural circuit dynamics give rise to aspects of brain function related to decision-making. He also works on a novel approach for high-sensitivity molecular imaging of neural signaling events.
SOUPARNO GHOSH
Graduate Student (BE)

Souparno is working on a project that applies protein-engineering principles to develop protein based contrast agents for studying neural activity using fMRI.
AVIAD HAI, Ph.D.
Postdoc (BE)

Aviad is using his knowledge in cell biology, electrophysiology and electrical engineering to develop novel MRI nanosensors for in vivo imaging of neural activity.
VIVIAN HSIEH
Grad Student (ChemE)

Vivian works on developing neurotransmitter-specific contrast agents based on biological molecules and nanoparticles. She applied protein bioengineering methods and bioconjugation chemistry to investigate novel contrast mechanisms and improve sensor properties.
TEHYA JOHNSON
Technical Assistant

Tehya is examining the capabilities of MRI sensors in vivo. She is also working on using fMRI to examine neural networks which mediate responses to affective stimuli, and how intersection and activation of these pathways influences behavior.
NAN LI, Ph.D.
Postdoc (BE)

Nan is working on investigating reward neuronal circuits in vivo by utilizing dopamine dependent molecular fMRI, blood oxygenation level dependent fMRI, optogenetics and electrophysiological approaches.
YURI MATSUMOTO
Graduate Student (BE)

Yuri is interested in improving the properties of existing protein-based MRI contrast agents.  She uses  protein bioengineering approaches to identify molecular variants that generate optimized contrast in model systems.
SATOSHI OKADA, Ph.D.
Postdoc (BE)

Satoshi is interested in rational design of contrast agents based on the collaboration of nanotechnology, molecular biology, and computer science and the application of them to in vivo imaging.
JACOB SIMON
Graduate Student (BE)

Jacob is developing novel nanoscale neurotransmitter sensors with increased sensitivity relative to previous MRI probes. He is also engineering metalloproteins to detect intracellular signal transduction.
ADRIAN SLUSARCZYK
Graduate Student (BE)

Adrian uses protein and genetic engineering to develop a novel platform for molecular imaging of physiological events with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. He is also working on new enzyme sensors for molecular fMRI.
AGATA WIŚNIOWSKA
Graduate Student (HST)

Agata works on improving delivery techniques of contrast agents into the brain. She is developing a novel device for intracranial injection to large brain regions, and investigating techniques for delivery via the bloodstream using focused ultrasound.


UNDERGRADUATES (UROPS)
Marianne Lintz
Ishwar Kohale
Gordon Glober












LAB ALUMNI
Mariya Barch
Yelena Gluz
Elisenda Rodriguez Vargas
Gil Westmeyer
Tatjana Atanasijevic
Alexandra Awai
Matthew Colonnese
Andrew Dennis
Henryk Faas
Ana Fiallos
Victor Lelyveld
Taekwan Lee
Mikhail Shapiro