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 Wehr, Ph.D (email Rachel; LinkIn with Rachel)20140612_110742_resized

Rachel earned her PhD from the graduate program of Brain, Behavior and Cognition through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences as a member of the laboratories of Prof. Chantal Stern and Prof. Schon.  Work from her pre-doctoral F31 NRSA Fellowship focused on how both age and exercise modulate memory, particularly in the context of spatial navigation and memory disambiguation. The goal of her graduate work was to determine the neurobiological mechanisms of hippocampal subfield-related plasticity and the opposing effects of aging and aerobic fitness. Importantly, her project investigated 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.

Rachel’s list of publications can be found here.


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. 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 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.D. (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.

Sheba Antony (email Sheba)

Sheba is a Master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program volunteering 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.

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.


Undergraduate Students:

Alyssa DeLong
Mabel Cheng
Janelle Maxwell


Lab Alumni:

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
Madeline Brendle
Samantha Muyalde
Reagan Katulege
Jan Stasinski, M.A.
Matthew Dunne, B.A.
Nicolle De Siqueira, M.S.
Zachary Croll-Nesbeth