LCNeuro prides itself on being a highly interdisciplinary laboratory that fosters independence and innovation, with a strong commitment towards mentoring future principal investigators. Data collection occurs both at Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY), as well as the Martinos Center for Biomedical Research (Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA) and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA). We are always looking for the most qualified applicants, based either in Stony Brook or Boston/Cambridge, at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Successful candidates will have a rigorous background in a given field (typically in either neurobiology, medicine, physics, mathematics, engineering, or computer science), with a strong interest and willingness to 'think outside the box' in pursuing collaborations across fields.
A partial list of current research opportunities includes:
Multi-scale computational modeling of oxytocin, using both human neuroimaging/neuroeconomic and rat electrophysiology data.
Pattern-recognition/rule-generation from ambiguous information.
Dopamine-modulated fear-generalization in clinical anxiety.
Brain response to nicotine-withdrawal-induced cravings.
Instrumentation development of dynamic phantom for MRI.
Instrumentation development of NIRS-based glucometer.
From the beginning, researchers are encouraged to think independently in identifying novel directions, including obtaining pilot resources through crowdfunding, in order to pursue higher-risk higher-impact science.
Prospective graduate students often ask which courses will best prepare them for work in our laboratory. Below is a list of recommended courses available at Stony Brook University: