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Sepideh Sadaghiani is an Assistant Professor in the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, full-time faculty at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and faculty of the Neuroscience Program.

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Jonathan Wirsich holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Aix-Marseille University and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His research is focused on information integration and fusion of multimodal imaging such as concurrent EEG-fMRI and diffusion MRI to better understand the dynamic and static properties of whole brain networks in healthy and clinical populations (epilepsy, stroke). Jonathan joined the CONNECT Lab in winter 2016.

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Ezra Winter-Nelson is a Psychology student involved in data acquisition in the lab.

Graduate Students

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Richard O. Bidó-Medina received his ‘Doctor of Medicine’ (M.D.) degree from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He joined the Neuroscience Program of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2014, when he obtained the Fulbright Scholarship of the USA Department of State. His research interests are related to understanding the neural correlates of neurological and psychiatric disorders by utilizing neuroimaging techniques in order to improve their diagnosis and treatment.

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Max Egan received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a full-time research coordinator at Shaw/Carmichael lab at Stanford since 2013. Max joins the lab as a Ph.D. student during fall 2016.

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Edwin Guzman is a clinical psychology student involved in clinical assessment, SCID-5 administration, and website management. His clinical assessment and SCID-5 involvement entail clinical outcome analysis and evaluation. Edwin’s website management involves HTML editing to update website content.

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Lija Hoffman is an undergraduate psychology student on the pre-med track. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience, particularly the neural mechanisms of emotional regulation. She is a research assistant working under Max Egan and aids in EEG procedure.

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Sunaina Karanth is an undergraduate majoring in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience. She joined the CONNECT lab fall of 2017 and is currently assisting graduate student Max Egan on an EEG/fMRI project.

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Coleen Long is a clinical psychology student interested in further understanding psychiatric disorders and their various treatments. Her involvement in the lab includes coordinating research logistics for a clinical study, collecting clinical data, and assisting with EEG procedures.

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Brian McFarlin is currently studying psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience. He is interested in studying neurological disorders and their impact on an individual’s daily life. His responsibilities in the lab consist of EEG administration and behavioral data analysis.


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While at UIUC, Jessica Diaz studied psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience. She is interested in psychiatric disorders, and the clinical applications of research on the treatment of these disorders. Jessica was involved in coordinating research logistics for a clinical study, as well as assistance with EEG and fMRI procedures.

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Jorge Maldonado is a student from Carolina, Puerto Rico in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jorge received his B.S. in Biotechnology from Universidad del Este. His interests are to comprehend neurological and psychiatric disorders through the physical and functional brain states that characterize these disorders. He is dedicated to employing non-invasive techniques such as MRI to perform connectivity and morphometric analysis.

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Paul McGrath joined our lab as a visiting student from Germany where he was enrolled in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. In our lab, Paul successfully completed his bachelor thesis investigating oscillatory mechanisms of cognitive control.

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While at UIUC, Laura Pritschet studied Psychology with a particular focus in behavioral neuroscience. She is interested in traumatic brain injury research and the impact damaged areas have on functions of executive control. After leaving our lab, Laura joined the graduate program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.