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Biyu He attained her B.S. in biology from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Neurosciences
from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, where she studied the functional significance and spatiotemporal structures of
spontaneous brain activity, as well as the neural basis of the fMRI signal. After doing a short post doc at Mallinkrodt Insitute
of Radiology at Washington University, she joined NIH as an Early Independent Investigator in August 2010.
Her current research interests include investigating the neural basis of consciousness, elucidating the biological nature and functional
properties of scale-free brain activity, and furthering the understanding of the neural basis of the fMRI signal.
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Qi Li did research on neural networks before he received his Ph.D. in condensed matter theory from the University of Oregon in 2008.
His general interest lies on the phase transitions and some dynamical systems which exhit long-range correlations in both space and time domains. Now he is working on the correlation of the signals of brain activity and the behavior.
Megan received her B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of California at Irvine in June 2011. A month later, she began working as a post-baccalaureate IRTA fellow with Biyu. Her research interests include consciousness, memory, and pain. At NIH she studied conscious and unconscious visual processing in the brain. She left to begin her graduate studies in neuroscience at Stanford University in 2013.
Zak received his B.A. in Biology – Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2012. Shorty thereafter, he began working as a post-baccalaureate IRTA fellow with Biyu. His research interests include consciousness, perception, and volition. He is currently studying conscious motor and sensory awareness.
Brian received his B.S. from Cornell University before studying neuroscience under Hakwan Lau at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2013. He is interested in studying the cognitive and neural bases of visual awareness, metacognition, and decision making employing cognitive neuroscience tools such as fMRI and TMS as well as analytical methods such as signal detection theory and information theoretic model selection.
Alex received his B.A. from Purdue University before studying neuroscience under Vania Apkarian at Northwestern University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2012. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Apkarian lab examining brain dynamics in relation to chronic pain. He will join the lab in 2014.
Former Group Members
Dan joined the lab in 2010 as a post-baccalaureate IRTA fellow after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis. He left to study medicine at Vanderbilt University in 2011.