Harvard Martinos Center Research Opportunity

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About this research opportunity

The Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital is one of the world’s premier research centers devoted to development and application of advanced biomedical imaging technologies.

ASU affiliated faculty members Dr. Robert Barry & Dr. Lilla Zollei will be hosting ASU Online students for spring 2023 semester.  

More information about each research lab can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ARe8hdFgRe8oMvKbIoL4eUu6_4yccNYtPkUsDADrmkQ/edit?usp=sharing

Current projects ideas in Dr. Barry's Lab include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and validating better methods to acquire, process, and analyze spinal cord fMRI data
  • Expanding the functionality of Neptune: our lab’s software platform for processing and evaluating spinal cord fMRI data
  • Exploring novel approaches for simultaneous brain–spinal cord fMRI at 7 Tesla

Current projects ideas include in Dr. Zollei's Lab, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a pipeline to make infantFS cloud-ready with complete documentation
  • Improving pediatric skull-stripping (labeling brain tissue from head MRI) using deep-learning solutions
  • Developing a training tutorial for infantFS
  • Developing automated segmentation solutions for scenarios with very few training data sets

This is a course-based research experience.  Students must be chosen for the opportunity and then sign up for CHM 394: Biomedical Imaging Research and Data Analysis


  • A strong background in coding/programming/computer science/engineering (ideally MATLAB
    python, C/C++, … )
  • Previous experience working with 3D or 4D data
  • Able to work independently, but be available during regular business hours for group and 1:1 meetings
  • Great communication and strong writing skills
  • Basic neuroanatomy and keen interest in brain development
  • Have a natural curiosity for understanding how the CNS works!
  • ASU Online student majoring OR minoring in a degree program offered by The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Dr. Robert Barry & Dr. Lilla Zollei
Course credit?
How to apply

Please complete the following application: https://forms.gle/rN7VAHoPYhYnLsqM9

Contact information

Please contact Dr. Ara Austin (ara.austin@asu.edu) with any questions

Additional program details

Number of students being recruited
15 Weeks
Hours per week