Our Team

Kristina Simonyan, MD, PhD, Dr. med., Director of Laboratory

SimonyanEducation
Clinical Research Fellowship (Neuroimaging, Movement Disorders, Neurolaryngology), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
MD (with high honors), Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia
Otolaryngology Residency, Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, and University of Göttingen, Germany
PhD (Neurobiology), German Primate Center and TiHo University of Hannover, Germany
Dr. med., magna cum laude, University of Göttingen, Germany

Contact
617-573-6025
kristina_simonyan@meei.harvard.edu


Stefan Fuertinger, PhD, Research Scientist

Stefan Fuertinger photoEducation
Mag. rer. nat. (Numerical Mathimatics and Modeling), Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria
PhD (Mathematics), Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria

Contact

stefan.fuertinger@esi-frankfurt.de



Laura de Lima Xavier, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Laura de Lima Xavier photoEducation
MD, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Contact

TBD




Azadeh Hamzehei-Sichani, MA, Research Associate

Azadeh Hamzehei-Sichani photoEducation
MA (General Biology), CUNY Brooklyn College, New York

Contact

TBD




Alexis Worthley, BA, Research Assistant

Education
BA (Psychology and Sociology), University of California, Berkeley 

Contact
TBD

Samantha Guiry, BA, Research Assistant 

Education
BA (Neuroscience), Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 

Contact
TBD 

Fiachra Maquire, Medical Student 

Education
School of Medicine, School of Engineering, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland


Former Members

Postdoctoral Fellows 

Serena Bianchi, PhD (2015–2017)
Giovanni Battistella, PhD (2014–2017)
Ehsan Tadayon, MD (2016)
Gregory Putzel, PhD (2014–2015)
Diana Kirke, MBBS (2014-2015)
Pichet Termsarasab, MD (2014–2015)
Stefan Fuertinger, PhD (2013–2016)
Ritesh A. Ramdhani, MD (2012–2014)
Arash Fazl, MD, PhD (2011–2012)
Manjula Khubchandani, PhD (2010–2012) 

Research Associates 

Christie J. DeLuca, MS (2017)
Aliza Robin, CCC-SLP (2017)
Lucia Mannini, BA (2016–2017)
Hailey Huddleston, BA (2015–2016)
Rebecca Scharf, BS (2015–2016)
Veena Kumar, BA (2011–2015)
Estee Rubien-Thomas, BA (2013–2015)
Melissa Choy, BA (2012–2013, Summer 2014)
Joel C. Zinn, BA (2013–2014)
Heather Alexander, BA (2012–2014)
Samantha Levine, MSW (2013–2014)
Amanda Pechman, BA (2012–2013)
Ian Farewell, MSG, MSW (2012–2013)

Residents 

Chi-ying (Roy) Lin, MD, MPH (2017)
Peter Baxter, MD (2013)

Volunteers 

Hailey Huddleston (2016–2017) 
Jacob Yatvitskiy (2015–2017), Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS), 2017 Scholar
Stephen Leong (2013–2014), Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, 2014 Semifinalist
Peter Velickovic (Summer 2014)
Jordan McHugh (Summer 2010), Intel Science Talent Search, 2011 Semifinalist


Collaborators

Andrew Blitzer, MD, DDS, FACS
New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, New York, NY 

Steven J. Frucht, MD
Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY 

Mark Hallett, MD
Human Motor Control Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda, MD 

Farid Hamzei-Sichani, MD, PhD
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA 

Michael Hutchinson, MS
Department of Neurology, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Sandra B. Martin, MS
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda, MD 

Laurie Ozelius, PhD
Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA 

Richard Reiley, PhD
Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Anna F. Rumbach, PhD 
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia 

Alexander O. Vortmeyer, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN