Research Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Woo Young Ahn

    Woo Young Ahn, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    My research incorporates computational modeling and neuroimaging methods to investigate the psychological and neural mechanisms of mood/anxiety and addiction disorders, also known as computational psychiatry. ...

  • Crystal Boudreaux

    Crystal Boudreaux, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Crystal Boudreaux's research interests include innate and adaptive immune responses to viral infection and molecular virology. In the McDonald Lab, she uses her molecular ...

  • Justin  Brooks

    Justin Brooks

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Dongil Chung

    Dongil Chung, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Chung's research focus is social and neuroeconomic studies that include understanding social influence on risk preference using functional MRI. He is part of Dr. ...

  • Anders Eklund

    Anders Eklund, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Anders Eklund’s research focus is on medical image processing and the development of algorithms for real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging. He takes advantage of powerful ...

  • Quentin Fischer

    Quentin Fischer, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    The adult brain is capable of considerable functional reorganization often manifest as long term modification of synaptic strength (strengthening as long term potentiation or LTP, ...

  • Christopher Franck

    Christopher Franck, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Director, Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA), Virginia Tech

    My research interests lie in the fields of statistics and biostatistics. In collaborative research the role of the statistician begins as soon as a research ...

  • Jessica Gilbert

    Jessica Gilbert

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Sebastian Hetu

    Sebastian Hetu, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Sebastian Hetu is a postdoctoral associate in the Montague laboratory.

  • Iskander Ismailov

    Iskander Ismailov, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

  • Wataru Ito

    Wataru Ito, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    Dr. Wataru Ito is a research assistant professor in the Morozov laboratory.

  • Hodja Kalikulov

    Hodja Kalikulov, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Synaptic plasticity is widely considered to be a cellular mechanism underlying learning and memory. Intracellular calcium signaling plays a key role in the regulation of ...

  • M. Amin Kayali

    M. Amin Kayali, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    I am a member of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Computational Psychiatry Unit. My research focuses on studying the structure and the dynamics of functional ...

  • Ken Kishida

    Ken Kishida, PhD

    Research Scientist

    Humans make choices in everything we do. These choices result from biological mechanisms in the brain. My research uses integrative neuroscience approaches to investigate function ...

  • Mikhail Koffarnus

    Mikhail Koffarnus, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    My research focuses on understanding drug abuse and developing drug abuse treatments from behavioral economic and pharmacological perspectives. Decision-making processes are often disrupted in drug ...

  • Leslie LaConte

    Leslie LaConte, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor of Basic Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Dr. Leslie LaConte's research interests lie in the field of structural biology. Working with Dr. Konark Mukherjee, she is currently investigating proteins found in the ...

  • Wynn Legon

    Wynn Legon, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Jian Li

    Jian Li, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    Jian Li is a research assistant professor in the Montague laboratory.

  • Terry Lohrenz

    Terry Lohrenz, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Terry Lohrenz is a member of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Computational Psychiatry Unit. He was trained as a mathematician and spent time in the ...

  • Paul McDonald

    Paul McDonald, PhD

    Research Scientist

    Paul McDonald is a research scientist in Kenneth Oestreich’s laboratory.

  • Charles Mueller

    Charles Mueller, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Charles Mueller’s research interests focus on advanced neuroimaging acquisition techniques, data analysis approaches, and the development of new stimulus concepts for an improved task performance ...

  • Amanda Jo Quisenberry

    Amanda Jo Quisenberry, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Sarika Srivastava

    Sarika Srivastava, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    Mitochondria are dynamic organelles central to energy production, metabolism, signaling and apoptosis. Proper mitochondrial function is critical for the maintenance of cellular energy and metabolic ...

  • Jianmin Su

    Jianmin Su, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    I am working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Fox exploring the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive synapse formation—synaptic targeting, synaptic differentiation and maturation. ...

  • Milagros Tenga

    Milagros Tenga, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    My research focuses on the identification of molecular mechanisms that protect the neuromuscular junction, the synapse formed between motor neurons and muscle fibers, from aging ...

  • Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan

    Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    My primary research interest is the structural basis of cardiac conduction. Specifically, I am investigating the precise ultrastructural organization of ion channels and gap junctions ...

  • Michael Wesley

    Michael Wesley, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Wesley's research focuses on the neurofunctional correlates of complex decision-making and affective processing in drug abusing populations in the laboratories of Dr. Warren Bickel ...

  • A. George Wilson

    A. George Wilson, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    My research focuses on understanding whether the motivating effects of a future opportunity to ingest nicotine, through puffs on a cigarette, are different in cigarette ...

  • Jianping Wu

    Jianping Wu, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

  • Sihui (Sophia) Zhang

    Sihui (Sophia) Zhang

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Shu  Zhang

    Shu Zhang, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Zhang is a postdoctoral associate in Dr. McDonald's lab. Her research program is focusing on understanding rotavirus genome reassortment restriction by using a reverse ...

  • Lusha Zhu

    Lusha Zhu, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate