University of Hawaii Neuroscience and MRI Research Program

Research Team

Students

Sara Watanabe

Sara is an undergraduate student in the psychology department at UHM. She is conducting an fMRI study as her Senior Honors Project that will compare the brain responses of pet owners and non-pet owners to photographs of companion animal species. She is working with Dr. Thomas Ernst, and Dr. Linda Chang.

Email:sara518 -AT- gmail -DOT- com
Ahnate Lim, M.S.

Ahnate is a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Hawai’i. He specializes in attention, perception, music cognition, as well as general cognition and experimental designs. He is working with Dr. Linda Chang on fMRI image acquisition, image reconstruction, data analysis, and research on the cognitive effects of working memory training.

Email:sara518 -AT- gmail -DOT- com
Naomi Tanizaki, B.A.

Naomi is a graduate student in Biomedical Science Clinical Research specializing in Neuroscience at the University of Hawai'i. She assists with gathering clinical data and coordinating subjects for adult studies under Dr. Linda Chang. Naomi is also investigating biological pathways for depression among HIV seropositive individuals.

Email:
avbhernandez -AT- gmail -DOT- com
Erin Fukaya, B.A.

Erin is a graduate student in the Department of Medicine. She assists in clinical data acquisition, subject evaluation, and subject coordination. She is involved in pediatric clinical studies examining brain development.

Email:efukaya -AT- hawaii -DOT- edu
Kristin Lee, B.A.

Kristin is a graduate student in the Department of Medicine. She assists in clinical data acquisition, subject evaluation, and subject coordination. She is involved in several pediatric and adolescent clinical studies led by Dr. Linda Chang  and Dr. Christine Cloak that examine brain development.

Email: kristinmlee -AT- gmail -DOT- com
Antonette Hernandez, B.A.

Antonette is a graduate student in the Department of Medicine. She assists in data acquisition, subject evaluation and coordination. She works under the direction of Dr. Linda Chang on research that looks at the effects of prenatal drug exposure on neonatal brain development and assists in a genetic study that looks at normal brain development in children and adolescents.

Email:avbhernandez -AT- gmail -DOT- com
Shannon Kogachi, B.Sc.

Shannon is a graduate student in the Department of Medicine. She assists in data acquisition, subject evaluation and coordination.  She is involved in pediatric clinical studies examining brain development.  She also assists with structural image analysis.

Email:skogachi -AT- gmail -DOT- com
Deborrah Castillo, M.D.

Dr. Castillo is a graduate student in the Masters in Clinical Research program. She works with Dr. Linda Chang in gathering clinical data and coordinating subjects for adult studies involving the cognitive effects of working memory training on HIV patients. Dr. Castillo is also interested in research related to chronic pain

Email: skogachi -AT- gmail -DOT- com

Medical Students

  Matthew Louis (MS II)

Matthew Louis is a second year medical student working with Dr. Christine Cloak to study brain and cognitive development in adolescent marijuana users.
  Aaron Hoo, B.A. (MS I)

Aaron Hoo is a first year medical student who has worked closely with the Neuroscience and MR Team for the past 2 years.  He is conducting a research project to study how home environments can influence the brain development of infants with prenatal drug exposure.

Summer Students

Our research program offers opportunities for talented and motivated students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and other local or mainland Universities to participate in the ongoing research projects. Students will gain valuable research experience working with an inter-disciplinary team of investigators (including physicians from many different specialties, physicists, computer scientists, psychologists, etc.). They will gain hands-on experience by participating in subject recruitments, neuropsychiatric evaluations, and data or image processing and analyses.

Here is one comment from a recent student who participated in our research program:

“I had the good fortune to work at the MR Research Lab during my fourth year of medical school at JABSOM. This enriching experience allowed me to build upon my clinical knowledge, develop my general research skills, and learn more advanced research techniques specific to MR research. As a future neurologist, I appreciated the opportunity to observe detailed neurological exams that frequently yielded abnormal findings as well as assist with lumbar punctures. The diversity of the many ongoing research projects in the lab allowed me the freedom to develop my own research experience based on my interests. Through self-learning and interaction with the research physicians and scientists in the lab, I learned about neuropsychogical testing, the human immunodeficiency virus, diffusion tensor imaging techniques, and the statistical analysis of experimental data. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience working with the many talented and dedicated people in the MR Research Lab.” - Victoria (Now a Neurologist in California)

If you are interested in becoming a summer intern or part-time student researcher during the school year, contact Ngoc Vu: (808) 691-8972 or visit our Current Job Opportunities Page.




Summer Students 2013
From left to right: Back- Brenda  Light,  Peter Harris, Mathew Sharma, Youngsu Cho Kwon, Jeff Roth
Front - Eric Lee, Alex Khrestian, Jared Char, Chris Arca



Transitional Medicine Interns
From left to right: Chris Hemond M.D., Michael Cho M.D., Jennifer Feneis M.D.



Summer Students 2012
From left to right: Robert Terry (also listed above), Erica Lee, Sara Wong, Vladamir Bernstein


Summer Students 2011
Summer Students 2011
From left to right: Naomi Tanizaki, Erica Lee, Brenda Light, Jina Chung, Shannon Kogachi

Summer Students 2010
Summer Students 2010
From left to right Back: Matthew Kor, Antonette Hernandez, Alexandra Galati, Matthew Sakumoto, Robert Tamai
Front: Kaitlin Ayer, Sara Watanabe, Kristin Lee

Summer Students 2008
Summer Students 2008

Summer Students 2007
Summer Students 2007







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