Lab Members


Photo: courtesy of David Keough, BUMCKarin Schon, Ph.D. (email Prof. Schon)

Dr. Schon is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Boston University School of Medicine where she is the director of the Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory. She also holds appointments with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Center for Memory and Brain, and the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs for Neuroscience. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 and did her postdoctoral research with Prof. Chantal Stern at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Center for Memory and Brain. Her research focuses on brain plasticity, cognitive neuroscience of memory and aging and uses functional and structural MRI, exercise physiology, and behavioral methods, as well as biomarker assays.


Graduate Students:

Kathryn Kern, B.S. (email Katie)

Katie is a 5th-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at BUSM. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University and is interested in examining the neurobiological mechanisms behind exercise as a means for the prevention of chronic disease. In the Schon laboratory, the project on which she is currently working combines cognitive neuroscience and exercise physiology techniques to examine the effects of endurance exercise on the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus, two regions of the brain that are essential for memory and navigation. Katie also plays an active role in teaching gross anatomy and cognitive neuroscience to medical, dental, and graduate students affiliated with Boston University.

Michael Rosario, B.S. (email Michael)

Michael Rosario_websiteMichael is a 3rd-year graduate student in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Michael graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of the Virgin Islands and was in the STaRS program at BU for the summer of 2016.  He is interested in cognitive neuroscience and health psychology research. At ABRCMS 2016, Michael won best poster in the neuroscience category for the research he did during summer 2016 in our lab! He also completed his senior thesis in the lab. In his free time he enjoys hiking and exploring new places.

Razan Alotaibi, M.B.B.S. (email Razan)

Razan is a 2nd-year graduate student in the Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Razan also did her master’s thesis in the lab.


Research Assistants:

Shiraz Mumtaz, M.S. (email Shiraz)

Shiraz earned his Masters degree in the M.S. in Medical Sciences (MAMS) program doing thesis research in the lab. He recently joined the lab as a research assistant and is involved in several projects.


Undergraduate Students:

Stephanie Gonzalez-Gil

Stephanie is a senior at Boston University pursuing a B.A. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology. She has been an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Schon laboratory since January 2019 and has participated on two on-going Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) projects examining the effects of endurance exercise on the brain. On campus, she is president of the BU Mind and Brain Societyserves as Dean’s Host for the College of Arts and Sciences, works as a CAS Academic Ambassador, and is the co-captain of the Sabor Latino Dance Team. She is interested in exploring the ways that neuroscience can help us advance our technology, medicine, understanding of certain philosophical questions, and our way of life.

Reyna Gariepy


Lab Alumni:

Rachel Nauer Wehr, Ph.D (email Rachel; LinkIn with Rachel)
Andrew Whiteman, B.A.
Corey Kronman, M.S.
Natalie Cherry B.A.
Victoria Gomez B.A.
Benjamin Coleman B.A.
Alexander Delgado B.A.
José Romo Corrales B.A.
Natalia Lopez B.S.
Michelle Sibol
Diana Abbas
Andrea Heard, B.A.
Andrew Goss, B.S., M.S.
Andres Velez Lopez, B.S., M.S.
Yongho Christopher Jo, B.S., M.S.
Sarah Savoy
Olivia Lanman, B.A.
Natalia Torres, B.A., M.S.
Madeline Brendle
Samantha Muyalde
Reagan Katulege
Jan Stasinski, M.A.
Matthew Dunne, B.A.
Nicolle De Siqueira, M.S.
Zachary Croll-Nesbeth
Marina Richie, B.A., M.A.
Sheba Antony
Amara Ayoub, M.S.
Karim Hussain Ismat, M.S.