University of Hawaii Neuroscience and MRI Research Program

Research Team

Students

Kyoko Fujimoto

Ms. Fujimoto is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering. She works under the supervision of Dr. Stenger. Her current projects include an anthropomorphic brain phantom and post-processing of MR images.

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Naomi Tanizaki, B.A.

Ms. Tanizaki is a graduate student in Biomedical Science Clinical Research specializing in Neuroscience at the University of Hawai'i.  She assists in clinical data acquisition, subject evaluation, and subject coordination.  She is involved in several HIV studies with 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.

Ms. Fukaya is a graduate student in the Masters in Clinical Research program.  She is involved in pediatric clinical studies examining brain development and a clinical trial of medication-based treatment of methamphetamine use disorder. She is also a graduate research assistant and assists in clinical data acquisition, subject evaluation, and subject coordination.

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

Ms. Lee is a graduate student in the Masters in Clinical Research program. She is involved in several clinical studies led by Dr. Linda Chang and Dr. Vanessa Douet that examine brain development and aging. She is also a graduate research assistant and assists in clinical data acquisition, subject evaluation, and subject coordination.

Email: kristinmlee -AT- gmail -DOT- com
Sejin Nam

Mr. Nam is a PhD graduate student in the Physics program. He is currently studying medical physics under the supervision of Dr. Ernst, and plans to conduct research applying MR spectroscopy within medical physics.

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Medical Students

Shannon Kogachi, B.Sc.

Shannon is a second year medical student. She has been supervised by Dr. Linda Chang on a research project that evaluates brain morphology, impulsivity, and potential gender differences in methamphetamine users.

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

Antonette is a second year medical student. She is supervised by Dr. Linda Chang on a research project that evaluates the possible influences of prenatal drug exposure on neonatal development in infants with different genetic backgrounds.

Email:avbhernandez -AT- gmail -DOT- com
Steffan Soosman, B.S.

Steffan is a fourth year medical student. He is also supervised by Dr. Linda Chang on a research project that evaluates resting brain function using functional MRI in individuals with HIV.

Email:avbhernandez -AT- gmail -DOT- com

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 neuropsychological 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 2015
Danny LaReaux, Nathan Kung, Alyssa Poenis



Summer Students 2014
James Rivers, Jessica Pacheco, Kaitlin Kogachi, Peter Muraki, Alissa
Ling, Matthew Sharma, Buddy (Ian) Yeoh



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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