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 in 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:

Rachel Nauer, M.A. (email Rachel; LinkIn with Rachel)20140612_110742_resized

Rachel is a 5th-year Ph.D. Candidate in the laboratories of Prof. Chantal Stern and Prof. Schon.  She is in the graduate program of Brain, Behavior and Cognition through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.  Work from her pre-doctoral F31 NRSA Fellowship focuses on how both age and exercise modulate memory, particularly in the context of spatial navigation and memory disambiguation. The goal of her work is to determine the neurobiological mechanisms of hippocampal subfield-related plasticity and the opposing effects of aging and aerobic fitness. Importantly, her project investigates the role of fitness across early, middle, and late adulthood, in hopes of providing evidence for targeted implementation of aerobic exercise interventions at crucial points throughout the adult lifespan.


Kathryn Kern, B.S. (email Katie)Version 2

Katie is a 3rd-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. The project that she is working on in the Schon laboratory 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 successful allocentric navigation. Katie also plays an active role in teaching in the Gross Anatomy lab for medical and dental students at BU.


Razan Alotaibi (email Razan)

Razan is a 2nd-year Master’s student at the Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology doing thesis research in the lab.

Nicolle De Siqueira (email Nicolle)

Nicolle is a 2nd-year Master’s student in the M.S. in Medical Sciences (MAMS) program doing thesis research in the lab.


Rotating Graduate Students:

Michael Rosario, B.S. (email Michael)

Michael Rosario_websiteMichael 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. Michael is currently a rotating graduate student in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. In his free time he enjoys hiking and exploring new places.

Matthew Dunne, B.A. (email Matt)       20140612_111136_resized

Matt is a rotating student through the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Matt was a research assistant and lab manager for the BPN lab from September 2013-August 2017. He is interested in cognitive neuroscience research and is involved in all aspects of the exercise intervention and fitness studies.  He has a B.A. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and played varsity soccer while in college.


Research Assistants:

Marina Richie, M.A. (email Marina)

Marina graduated in May 2017 with a Master’s degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences from BU. She is currently a part-time research assistant in the lab working on a project examining whether a bio-electrical stimulation therapy can improve motor and non-motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Jan Stasinski, M.A. (email Jan)

Jan is a research assistant in the Motor Development Lab at BU’s Sargent College, Occupational Therapy, directed by Prof. Simone Gill, Ph.D., working on a collaborative neuroimaging project related to obesity, cognition, and gait.


Undergraduate Students:

Natalia Torres (email Natalia)

Natalia is a rising senior studying Biology who joined the lab in the summer of 2017.

Tommi Tsao (email Tommi)

Tommi is a rising senior studying Biomedical Engineering. He joined the lab this summer as a UROP summer student to work on a collaborative neuroimaging project with the Motor Development Lab at Sargent College, Occupational Therapy.


Visiting Undergraduate Students:

Reagan Katulege

Reagan was a summer intern through the STaRS program during summer 2017 at BUMC. He is a rising senior double-majoring in Biochemistry and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He plans to continue his summer research in the lab during his senior year.


Lab Alumni:

Andrew Whiteman, B.A. (email Andrew)
Corey Kronman, M.S. (email Corey)
Natalie Cherry B.A. (email Natalie)
Victoria Gomez B.A. (email Victoria)
Benjamin Coleman B.A. (email Ben)
Alexander Delgado B.A. (email Alex)
José Romo Corrales B.A. (email José)
Natalia Lopez B.S. (email Natalia)
Michelle Sibol (email Michelle)
Diana Abbas (email Diana)
Andrea Heard, B.A. (email Andrea)
Andrew Goss, B.S., M.S. (email Andrew)
Andres Velez Lopez, B.S., M.S. (email Andres)
Yongho Christopher Jo, B.S., M.S. (email Chris)
Sarah Savoy (email Sarah)
Olivia Lanman, B.A. (email Olivia)
Madeline Brendle (email Madeline)
Samantha Muyalde (email Samantha)