Meet The Team

brainlife.io is developed by an open community of scientists and a group of dedicated trainees and
professional software engineers.

Project Members

The following individuals are actively contributing to the brainlife.io project.


Franco Pestilli
Project Director

Franco is Director and Founder of brainlife.io. Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, Franco holds a Ph.D. from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Rome La Sapienza. Before that, he was Postdoctoral Researcher at Columbia University, Research Associate at Stanford University and faculty at Indiana University. Franco's research spans across psychology, computer science and neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and Psychonomics Society and has received a Microsoft Investigator Fellowship and Janet Taylor Spence Award.




Bradley Caron
Graduate Student

Brad is a Ph.D. candidate in Vision Science and Neuroscience at Indiana University. His research focusses on the integration of multiple neuroimaging data modalities using machine learning to understand the effects of sports concussion on the brain and the impact of clinical conditions to human vision. Brad developed multiple Apps for brainlife.io as part of his research projects. He is passionate about science, sports, and civil rights.


Brent McPherson
Graduate Student

Brent is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. His research focusses on methods for big data neuroscience and machine learning. His scientific interests are understanding the human brain and behavior relationships across the lifespan. Brent developed several brainlife.io Apps that allow users to process raw diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, perform advanced brain tractography, and build structural brain networks. Brent loves snakes and enjoys listening to heavy metal music.


Daniel Bullock
Graduate Student

Dan is a Psychology and Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University. After working at University of Cincinnati, Duke University, and North Carolina State University, he joined Franco's laboratory in 2015 focusing on methods for white matter anatomy characterization and automated segmentation. Dan has since contributed multiple Apps to brainlife.io to advance several of his scientific projects. He is passionate about student rights and an open science advocate.


Giulia Bertò
Data and Application Engineer

Giulia is a Data and Application Engineer. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Trento. Her work focuses on the application of Machine Learning methods to Neuroscience data. She is devoted to Open Science and contributes to brainlife.io by developing Apps for neuroimaging data analysis and machine learning. Giulia enjoys the mountains, hiking, traveling, and cooking.


Josh Faskowitz
Graduate Student

Josh is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University. He conducts research at the intersection of neuroimaging and network science. Josh has contributed to brainlife.io Apps to process functional and structural neuroimaging data to build brain networks. Josh enjoys hipster coffee, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, and rooting for Tottenham Hotspur.


Sandra Hanekamp
Research Scientist

Sandra is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Pestilli Laboratory. She holds a B.A. in Neurolinguistics, an M.A. in Clinical Neuropsychology, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Perceptual Neuroscience from the University of Groningen. Before joining the brainlife.io team Sandra worked as Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Sandra is pursuing an academic career and plans to use neuroimaging for understanding the etiology and advance diagnostic of visual and neurological disorders.


Soichi Hayashi
Software Engineer

Soichi is senior software engineer and technical lead of the brainlife.io platform. His passion is to make supercomputers easier to use by researchers and scientists. He graduated with a B.S. in computer science and physics from Henderson State University and worked for Acxiom as a software engineer providing business intelligence and analytics solutions to various fortune 500 companies such as Discover, Citigroup, Dell/EMC. He joined Indiana University in 2008 to work for the Open Science Grid and joined the brainlife.io team in 2017.


Sophia Vinci-Booher
Postdoctoral Fellow

Sophia is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Pestilli Lab. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, a B.A. in French, and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Indiana University. Her research focuses on human learning and brain plasticity throughout the lifespan. Sophia has developed brainlife.io Apps to advance her scientific projects. She enjoys running, yoga, and book clubs.


Stephanie McGavin
Communications and Outreach

Stephanie is the brainlife.io outreach and communications manager. She develops content for brainlife.io newsletters, blogs, video, and engages with the brainlife.io community members. Stephanie has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University. She works for the Indiana Network Science Institute and the Collaborative Archive & Data Research Environment project. Prior to joining brainlife.io, Stephanie worked as an automotive journalist for trade publication Automotive News and as a social media and marketing manager for a Bloomington-area startup. She spends her free time playing roller derby and forcing people to look at pictures of her dog.

Contributors

Many thanks to all brainlife.io collaborators!



Michael Hanke
Group Lead
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Paolo Avesani
Neuroinformatics Lab Director
FBK, University of Trento

Yaroslav O. Halchenko
Research Associate Professor
Dartmouth College



Alumni



David Hunt
Research Assistant

David holds a B.A. in Neuroscience and Mathematics from Indiana University. He has developed brainlife.io Apps that allow processing of functional neuroimaging data with application to vision science. He enjoys coding, learning new things, playing with his dog, and taking naps. He is determined to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.


Josiah Leong
Assistant Professor

Josiah is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arkansas. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and was Postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University. He studies structural and functional connections in the human brain that link emotions to perception and choice. He uses brainlife.io to automate targeted white-matter characterizations in large datasets, and he is building a brainlife.io pipeline to make task-based functional MRI analyses more accessible and reproducible.


Shiloh Cooper
Graduate Student

Shiloh is studying how sensory information is encoded and transformed in neural circuits, and how it is used for decision making. She aims to study connectivity between olfactory brain regions, and how they process odor information.


Cesar Caiafa
Researcher and Assistant Professor

Cesar is an independent researcher at instituto argentino de radioastronomía - IAR (CONICET), ARGENTINA. He is also as adjunct professor at facultad de ingeniería - Universidad de Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA.


Kate Alpert
Software Engineer

Kate is a support and development software engineer. She contributed several brainlife.io Apps related to the Human Connectome Project standard processing pipeline. After working with the brainlife.io team Kate took a position as Software Engineer at Radiologics.


Lindsey Kitchell
Graduate Student

Lindsey is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University. She implemented many of the early brainlife.io Apps as part of her research projects in the Pestilli Laboratory. Lindsey is passionate about Machine-Learning, shape analysis, and 3D-printing technology.


Steven O'Riley
Software Engineer

Steven holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Indiana University. He joined the brainlife.io as a high school student and contributed to the development of brainlife.io platform functionality. Steve refers to himself as a "geek." After working with the brainlife.io team Steve took at position as Software Engineer at PSI Services.