Northeastern University Boston, MA
Masters of Science in Mechatronics, Gordon Fellow September 2016-December 2019 Cumulative GPA: 3.10/4.00 Certificate from the Gordon Institute for Engineering Leadership. Relevant coursework includes Control Systems, Assistive Device Design, Mechatronic Systems, Dynamics and Mechanical Vibration, Mathematical Models for Mechanical Engineers. Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, with Honors September 2009-June 2013 Neuroscience GPA 3.54/4.00. Minor in Philosophy. Elected Sigma Xi, April 2013. Relevant coursework includes Cellular Biology, Multivariable Calculus, Organic Chemistry, Computational Neuroscience, Neuropharmacology, Computation for the Sciences, Medical and Biological Applications of Magnetic Resonance. Extracurricular activities: Neuroscience Club, Theatre Production, Mission Hill After School Program, Armenian Youth Federation. Research Experience
Northeastern University, Movement Neuroscience Laboratory Boston, MA Research Technician September 2017-August 2019
Generated tetrahedral meshes of human head models with finite element modeling. Simulated electric fields in models resulting from transmagnetic stimulation. Independently developed proficiency with SimNIBS and gmsh to implement necessary protocols. Designed manual to spearhead internal training. Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurology Charlestown, MA PI: Nikolaos Makris, M.D., Ph.D May 2014-September 2016 Research Technician II
Probe the neuroanatomy of the middle-longitudinal fascicle using human connectome data: process structural magnetic resonance (MR) and diffusion images of humans; conduct automatic labeling using Freesurfer, optimize tractography outputs and analyze data using visualization software, Freeview. Elucidate the fiber networks surrounding the subthalamic nucleus target for Deep Brain Stimulation: white matter query language (WMQL) applied to two tensor tractography rendered data. Assist in publications. Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurology Charlestown, MA PI: Joan Camprodon, M.D., Ph.D May 2015-May 2016
Research Technician II
Assessed the efficacy of Transmagnetic Stimulation and Electroconvulsive Therapy as a treatment for Anxiety and Depression: explored potential changes in structural, volumetric, and tractographic data. Utilized visualization tools, Slicer, TrackVis and FreeSurfer to elucidate volume and structure using baseline and diffusion imaging data. FSL and WMQL to interact with tractography data rendered with two tensor algorithm. Assisted in grant writing. Wellesley College Neuroscience Program Wellesley, MA Advisor:Nancy H. Kolodny, Ph.D February 2011-May 2014 Student and PostBac Research Assistant
Honors Thesis Title: Exploration of the Neurochemistry, Structural Morphology and Behavior in the GCPII+/ Mouse Model with Magnetic Resonance.
Conducted longitudinal magnetic resonance (MR) study on a genetic model of schizophrenic mice: obtained structural MR and diffusion images, and MR spectroscopic data on neuromarkers within the mouse hippocampus. Implemented a behavioral paradigm designed to test social anhedonia within mice following imaging completion; designed Plexiglas chamber with the help of Wellesley College engineer. Established and tested protocols for stereotactic intracranial injections of virus on postnatal day 0 mice. Assisted in writing a proposal and obtaining approval from the IACUC of Wellesley College for new variables. Work Experience
Private Test Prep Tutor
Prepare and develop middle and high school students for the ISEE, ACT and SAT exams. Neurala (November 2016-October 2017)
Neural Network Data Engineer
Responsible for data preparation for the customization of neural networks. Utilized python to design an automated data pre-processing tool.
Punch’s Alley Pub (September 2010-May 2013)
Managed a student led co-op staff of eleven peers. Served as off-campus events manager; booking performers and musicians, kept inventory and was responsible for ordering and keeping track of beer and wine, maintained professionalism and hosted events serving the student body. Liaison between the administration and the staff. Publications
Seitz J, Kubicki M, Jacobs EG, Cherkerzian S, Weiss BK, Papadimitriou G,Mouradian P, Buka S, Goldstein JM, Makris N (2018)Impact of sex and reproductive status on memory circuitry structure and function in early midlife using structural covariance analysis. Human Brain Mapping. PMID: 30548738 PMCID: PMC6365200. Makris N, Rathi Y, Mouradian P, Bonmassar G, Papadimitriou G, Ing W, Yeterian E, Eskandar E, Wald L, Fan Q, Nummenmaa A, Widge A, Dougherty D (2015) Variability and Anatomical Specificity of the Orbitofrontothalamic Fibers of Passage in the Ventral Capsule/Ventral Striatum (VC/VS): Precision Care for Patient-Specific Tractography-Guided Targeting of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Brain Imaging and Behavior. PMID: 26518214. PMCID: PMC4851930. Seitz J, Sawyer K, Papadimitriou G, Oscar-Berman M, Ng I, Kubicki A, Mouradian P, Ruiz S, Kubicki M, Harris GJ, Makris N (2017) Alcoholism and sexual dimorphism in the middle longitudinal fascicle: a pilot study. Brain Imaging and Behavior. PMID 27448160. PMCID: PMC5253343. Awards and Achievements
Wellesley College Science Center Travel Award (October 2012). This award funded my travel to the 2012 Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans, LA.
Wellesley College Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant (June 2012). This grant provided assistance with living and commuting expenses to conduct work for my senior thesis at Dr. Nancy H. Kolodny’s lab during Wellesley College’s summer research program.
Town of Belmont Scholarship (June 2009). This scholarship funded my course materials during my first year of Wellesley College.
Boston Junior Derby (February 2014-February 2018)
Co-founder, Board Member and Coach
Helped establish the non-profit youth sports organization, Boston Junior Derby, teaching roller derby to self-identified girls between the ages of 7 and 17. Responsible for certification with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, designed affordable rental packages as well as financial aid scholarships for families in need. Serve as one of core coaches for all levels.
Skills and Interests
Proficient with Python, Linux, Matlab, bash scripting, FreeSurfer, FSL, TrackVis, Slicer, WMQL, conducting DTI, MRI and MRS on mice, and Photoshop. Experience with Sketchup. Animal trained with rodents; behavioral testing and stereotactic rodent surgeries. Fluent in Western Armenian. Current roller derby skater and coach for the roller derby league, Boston Roller Derby.