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.


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.




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.


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.


Dan Levitas
Graduate Student

Dan is a Ph.D candidate at Indiana University. He is interested in using functional MRI methodologies to examine how visual salience can impact perception and decision making. Additionally, he is interested in open science and developing tools to increase transparency and reproducibility in the neuroimaging field.

Collaborators

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

Lei Wang
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Radiology, Northwestern University

Contributors

Many thanks to all brainlife.io Contributors!



Josh Faskowitz
Graduate Student


Serge Koudoro
Developer


Sophia Vinci-Booher
Postdoctoral Fellow


Javier Guaje Guerra
Researcher




Alumni



David Hunt
Research Assistant

David developed brainlife.io Apps that allowed processing of functional neuroimaging data with application to vision science.


Josiah Leong
Postdoctoral Researcher

Josiah used brainlife.io to automate targeted white-matter characterizations in large datasets and processed on the ABCD dataset. After working on the brainlife.io team, Josiah became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arkansas.


Ricardo Stuck
Undergraduate Student

Ricardo joined the Pestilli Lab as an undergraduate student in 2018 with a focus on athlete TBI brain data. He focused on incorporating brainlife.io into the clinical setting and advancing the field of neuroscience by serving the military population, their families, and the nation. After working with brainlife.io, Ricardo went on to pursue medical school.


Stephanie Hernandez McGavin
Communications and Outreach

Stephanie developed content for brainlife.io newsletters, social media, and promotional materials, and engaged with the brainlife.io community members. After brainlife.io, she began working as a proposal coordinator at PND Engineers Inc.


Shiloh Cooper
Undergraduate Student

Shiloh used brainlife.io to study how sensory information is encoded and transformed in neural circuits, and how it is used for decision making. After working with the brainlife.io team, Shiloh became a Graduate Student in the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.


Cesar Caiafa
Researcher and Assistant Professor

After working with the brainlife.io team, Cesar became an Independent Researcher at CONICET and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.


Aman Arya
Software Engineer

Aman was the recipient of the 2017 Jetstream REU scholarship and worked with the Jetstream cloud platform and Amazon AWS to extend service to brailife.io. After working with the brainlife.io team, Aman took a position as Software Engineer at Amazon.


Jasleen Jolly
Researcher

Jasleen contributed to the concepts of Apps on brainlife.io relating to the visual system. After working with the brainlife.io team, Jasleen became a senior clinical research fellow specializing in eye disease at the University of Oxford.


Kate Alpert
Software Engineer

Kate contributed several brainlife.io Apps related to the Human Connectome Project standard processing pipeline. After working with the brainlife.io team, she took a position as Software Engineer at Radiologics.


Lindsey Kitchell
Graduate Student

Lindsey implemented many of the early brainlife.io Apps as part of her research projects in the Pestilli Lab. After working with the brainlife.io team, Lindsey became a Neuroscientist in the Neuro-AI and Connectomics section of the Intelligent Systems Center at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.


Steven O'Riley
Software Engineer

Steven joined brainlife.io as a high school student and contributed to the development of the brainlife.io platform functionality. After working with the brainlife.io team, Steve took at position as Software Engineer at PSI Services.