NIH Blueprint: The Human Connectome Project

HCP Colleagues

The success of the Human Connectome Project depends on the dedicated work of our scientific and technical team and administrative staff. We are thankful to have these talented people involved.

See also: Our Investigators, Our Operational Teams, External Advisory Panel.

Administrative Staff

Sandra Curtiss, Ph.D. – WashU
Sandra Curtiss

Sandy is the HCP Project Manager. She plays a key role in the overall HCP endeavor. She oversees and coordinates the activities of staff and faculty in each team, monitors progress towards key deliverables, facilitates communication between teams and ensures optimal resource allocation.

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Susan Danker – WashU
Susan Danker

Susan is the HCP Administrative Coordinator. She provides support for the WashU Principal Investigator and the Project Manager, schedules HCP meetings, and contributes to many other administrative aspects of the project.

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Tami Evans – WashU
 

Tami is the Business Manager in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at WashU and is intensively involved in budgetary and financial aspects of the HCP grant.

Deb Morgan – UMinn
Deb Morgan

Deb provides administrative support for the UMinn Principal Investigator and project team.

Scientific and Technical Team

Tunde Adeyemo – WashU
 

Tunde is a Programmer. He will assist OT1, 3, 6, and 7 with software and hardware needs.

Operational team roles: OT1, OT3, OT6, OT7
Gregor Adriany, Ph.D. – UMinn
Gregor Adriany

Gregor is a Research Associate at UMinn. He is an expert in RF coil design and construction. He is developing the 48 to 68 channel coil design, and performing early implementation, testing and evaluation of prototypes. In years 3 to 5, his responsibilities will transition to maintenance, repair and quality control.

Operational team roles: OT3, OT6
Jesper Andersson, Ph.D. – Oxford
 

Jesper is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford. He is contributing to MR artifact correction and reconstruction, image pre-processing, quality control and nonlinear registration.

Operational team roles: OT1, OT2, OT3
Edward Auerbach, Ph.D. – UMinn
 

Edward is a Research Associate at UMinn. He is involved in hardware and pulse sequence implementation on the Siemens platform, and for the development of the new 3T scanner, 7T operation/repair/and optimization, coil/preamp/TR switch interfaces and operation of highly parallel acquisitions.

Operational team roles: OT1
Thomas Blumensath, Ph.D. – Oxford
 

Thomas is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. He is involved in the HARDI analysis, R-fMRI, T-fMRI, and the cross-modal integration and modeling teams.

Operational team roles: OT2, OT3, OT6
Edward Bryant – WashU
 

Edward is a Research Patient Assistant. He will assist in MR data collection, processing and quality control.

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Greg Burgess – WashU
Greg Burgess

Greg is a Staff Scientist at WashU. He provides valuable expertise in the analyses and optimization of T-fMRI tasks.

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5, OT7
Eileen Cler – WashU
Eileen Cler

Eileen is a Project Manager for Information Systems at WashU. She assists the informatics, usability, and outreach team.

Operational team roles: OT7
Tim Coalson – WashU
 

Tim is a Programmer Analyst at WashU. He is working on algorithm design and implementation for a variety of surface-based analyses needed for connectome visualization and analysis.  This includes improved surface-based registration algorithms that capitalize on information from multiple modalities, including architectonic and connectivity data.

Operational team roles: OT7
Francesco de Pasquale, Ph.D. – UdA
 

Francesco is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chieti, G.D’Annuzio. He is working with the MEG/EEG acquisition and analysis team and the cross-modal integration and modeling team.

Operational team roles: OT4, OT6
Francesco Di Pompeo, Ph.D. – UdA
 

Francesco is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chieti, G.D'Annuzio. He is working with the MEG/EEG acquisition and analysis team.

Operational team roles: OT4
Donna Dierker, M.S. – WashU
Donna Dierker

Donna is a Programmer Analyst at WashU.  She is contributing to the design and implementation of surface-based cortical analyses, helping to oversee quality control processes for cortical segmentation and surface-based registration, and contributing to the outreach effort.

Operational team roles: OT7
Eugene Duff, Ph.D – Oxford

Eugene is a Postdoc at FMRIB, working on resting-state FMRI methodology, and evaluation/optimisation of analysis for accelerated FMRI.

Operational team roles: OT3, OT6
Jennifer Elam, Ph.D. – WashU
Donna Dierker

Jennifer is an Outreach Coordinator at WashU. She is designing and implementing a comprehensive outreach and training program to engage the scientific community as interactive tools are developed to search, analyze, and visualize HCP data.

Operational team roles: OT7
Cindy Feldt – WashU
 

Cindy is the Research Patient Coordinator. She will oversee arrangements for subject visits and the testing process.

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Glenn Foster – WashU
Glenn Foster

Glenn is an Imaging Supervisor at WashU.

Operational team roles: OT3
Matthew Glasser – WashU *
Matthew Glasser

Matt is an MD/PhD student at WashU.  He is contributing to diffusion and resting-state fMRI acquisition protocols, pre-processing, and analysis.  In particular, he is engaged in the optimization of surface-based gradient analyses of diffusion tractography and resting state functional connectivity data and their use in brain parcellation.  

Operational team roles: OT1, OT2, OT3, OT6, OT7
* Supported by an NRSA F30 Fellowship from NIMH
Corinne Guilday – WashU *

Corinne is a Research Patient Assistant. She will assist in MR data collection, processing and quality control. 

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Michael Harms, Ph.D. – WashU
Michael Harms

Mike is a Research Assist Professor at WashU.  He is developing and implementing methods for analyzing test-retest reliability of individual level region of analyses, and assisting with protocol development and operation of the 3T Skyra scanner.

Operational team roles: OT3
John Harwell, M.S. – WashU
John Harwell

John is a Programmer Analyst at WashU. He is playing a lead role in developing the Connectome Workbench, particularly in its capabilities for surface-based analysis and visualization that build upon existing capabilities of Caret software.

Operational team roles: OT7
Moises Hernandez Fernandez, M.S. – Oxford
 

Moises is a Research Assistant at FMRIB, creating GPU versions of some of the most computationally intensive parts of the FSL/HCP analysis tools.

Operational team roles: OT2
Michael Hileman – WashU

Mike is a Programmer Analyst at Washington University, working on the ConnectomeDB and informatics team.

Operational team roles: OT7
Mike Hodge, M.S. – WashU
Mike Hodge

Mike is a Programmer Analyst at Washington University, and is the lead developer of ConnectomeDB. Mike also handles a variety of data management and informatics duties for OT7.

Operational team roles: OT7
Linda Hood – WashU
 

Linda is an MRI Technologist at WashU.

Operational team roles: OT3
Will Horton – WashU
Will Horton

Will is a graphic designer and web developer at WashU. He is managing the HCP website, contributing explanatory graphic materials for public outreach, and aiding in the design aspects of the ConnectomeDB and Connectome Workbench user interface.

Operational team roles: OT7
Matthew House, M.S. – WashU
Matthew House

Matt is a Manager of Application Programming and Development at WashU. He oversees and coordinates IT and informatics efforts for the HCP, including the ConnectomeDB and the Connectome Workbench.

Operational team roles: OT7
Saad Jbabdi, Pd.D. – Oxford
 

Saad is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. He works with the HARDI analysis team and the cross-modal integration and modeling team.

Operational team roles: OT2, OT6
Brooke Kinsaul – WashU *
Brooke Kinsaul

Brooke is a Research Patient Assistant. She will assist in MR data collection, processing and quality control. 

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Lynda Kull – SLU
 

Lynda is a MEG technician at SLU.  Her role on the project is to operate the scanner during acquisitions of MEG data from participants and to assist with data management. 

Operational team roles: OT4
Timothy Laumann – WashU *
Tim Laumann

Tim is an MD/PhD student at WashU. He is contributing to the analyses of data, including cortical parcellation based on combined HARDI and R-fMRI data. He is also engaged in the optimization of cortical parcellation methods and in the refinement of methods to evaluate different parcellations.

Operational team roles: OT3, OT6, OT7
* Supported by an IGERT fellowship
Julie Mannarino – WashU *
Julie Mannarino

Julie is a Research Patient Assistant. She will assist in MR data collection, processing and quality control. 

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Laura Marzetti, Ph.D. –UdA
 

Laura Marzetti is assisting on OT4.

Operational team roles: OT4
Lindsey McIntyre – WashU *
Lindsey McIntyre

Lindsey is a Research Patient Assistant. She will assist in MR data collection, processing and quality control. 

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Mike McKay –WashU

Mike McKay is a Java developer in the NRG Lab at Washington University. He is assisting with the development of the ConnectomeDB UI, and other informatics tasks.

Operational team roles: OT7
George Michalareas, Ph.D. – ESI
 

George is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ernst Strungman Institute. He is working with the MEG/EEG acquisition and analysis team.

Operational team roles: OT4
Fran Miezin, M.S. – WashU
 

Fran is a Research Associate Professor at WashU. He is contributing to the development and piloting of the scripts that will be used to administer the T-fMRI tasks, using PsyScope software.

Operational team roles: OT3
Steen Moeller – UMinn
 

Steen is a Research Associate at UMinn and a mathematician/signal-processing expert who works on parallel imaging implementations at high magnetic fields.  He is engaged in development of the algorithms for parallel imaging, development of the corresponding software for routine use, and evaluation of parallel imaging performance.

Operational team roles: OT1
Leah Newcomer – WashU *

Leah is a Research Patient Assistant. She will assist in MR data collection, processing and quality control. 

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Tracy Nolan, Ph.D.– WashU
Tracy Nolan

Tracy is a Research Assistant at WashU. She is working with the MEG/EEG acquisition and analysis team.

Operational team roles: OT4
Mauro Gianni Perrucci, Ph.D. – UdA
Mauro Gianni Perrucci

Gianni is a  computer scientist at the University of Chieti, G.D’Annuzio. He is facilitating MEG data analysis.

Operational team roles: OT3
Joshua Prince – WashU *

Joshua is a Research Patient Assistant. He will assist in MR data collection, processing and quality control. 

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Erin Reid – WashU
Erin Reid

Erin is a Senior Research Technician at WashU. She serves as an Outreach Coordinator, implementing a vigorous outreach program.

Operational team roles: OT7
Emma Robinson, Ph.D – Oxford
 

Emma is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. She is working with the Cross-modal integration and modeling team.

Operational team roles: OT6
Reza Salimi-Khorshidi, D.Phil – Oxford

Reza is a researcher affiliated with FMRIB, creating the FIX FMRI denoising tool, and other tools relevant to FMRI analysis.

Operational team roles: OT3
Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen, Ph.D. – Donders Institute, Raboud University Nijmegen
 

Jan-Mathijs is a postdoctoral fellow at the Donders Institute at Radboud University Nijmegen. He is assisting in MEG source analysis and code development (Field Trip).

Operational team roles: OT4
Stamatios Sotiropoulos, Ph.D. – Oxford
 

Stam is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is working with the HARDI analysis team.

Operational team roles: OT2
John Strupp, Ph.D. – UMinn
John Strupp

John is a Research Fellow at UMinn. He is involved in development and maintenance of data handling procedures for the MR scanners. His duties include networking for fast data acquisition with multichannel arrays, data transfer and storage infrastructure, and preliminary data processing software and infrastructure for data analysis.

Operational team roles: OT7
Diego Vidaurre, D.Phil – Oxford
Diego Vidaurre

Diego is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, working on development and application of machine learning techniques for understanding functional connectivity and its relation to phenotypic traits.

Operational team roles: OT6
An Joseph Vu, Ph.D. – University of Minnesota
 

Joseph is a scientist at the University of Minnesota. He is working with the MR hardware, pulse sequences, and pre-processing team.

Operational team roles: OT1
Gagan Wig, Ph.D. – WashU
 

Gagan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at WashU. He is assisting the cross-modal integration and modeling team. Gagan is working on using various approaches to node definition in R-fMRI networks (at the interface between parcellation and network description), and comparing methods for descriptions of network properties (e.g. community detection).

Operational team roles: OT6
Junqian Gordon Xu, Ph.D. – UMinn
 

Gordon is a Research Assistant Professor at UMinn. He is working on the pulse sequence development team and in the operation of the 3T Skyra scanner. 

Operational team roles: OT1

HCP Alumni

Kevin Archie, Ph.D. – WashU
Kevin Archie

Kevin is a Programmer Analyst at WashU.  He was implementing and optimizing file distribution services in the ConnectomeDB.

Abbas Babajani-Feremi, Ph.D. – WashU
 

Abbas is a staff scientist at WashU. He was working with the MEG/EEG acquisition and analysis team.

Nicholas Bloom – WashU
 

Nicholas is a Research Technician at WashU. He is developing programs for presenting and analyzing the task-related fMRI paradigms.

Audrey Chang, Ph.D. – Advanced MRI Technologies (AMRIT) and UC Berkeley
 

Audrey is a Senior Scientist at AMRIT. She was involved in the development of simultaneous image refocusing (SIR) imaging techniques, testing in HARDI, and initial evaluation on the 3T and 7T scanners.

Liyong Chen, Ph.D. – Advanced MRI Technologies (AMRIT)
 

Liyong is an Advanced MRI Technologies Scientist at AMRIT. He was involved in the development of pulse sequences.

Owen Footer – WashU
 

Owen is a Research Patient Assistant. He was assisting in MR data collection, processing and quality control.

Ping Gu, M.S. – WashU
Ping Gu

Ping is a Programmer Analyst at WashU.  She was working jointly with John Harwell in developing the Connectome Workbench, online search, and visualization tools.

Tucker Hartley – WashU
 

Tucker is a Research Patient Assistant. He was assisting in MR data collection, processing and quality control.

Operational team roles: OT3, OT5
Daniel Nolan – WashU
 

Dan is a Research Assistant at WashU. He was involved in generating the stimuli necessary for tasks to be presented to subjects as part of the Task-fMRI component of the grant, helping to develop the scripts, and piloting testing both the behavioral and fMRI components of the task fMRI.

Jonathan Power – WashU
Jonathan Power

Jonathan is an MD/PhD student at WashU. He was working on the application of network theory to resting state functional connectivity MRI brain data.