Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory

A Functional Neuroanatomy Research Lab

Director: Karin Schon, Ph.D.

Anti-Racism Statement



We, the members of the BU Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory, condemn police brutality, white supremacy and the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and all other victims of police brutality and systemic racism. We are also deeply concerned about the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on our black and brown communities. We are committed to raising awareness about racism, racial health inequities, such as the Alzheimer’s disease health disparity, and the negative mental and physical health impact of both interpersonal and systemic racism. We affirm our commitment to eradicating all forms of racism and racial health inequities and are proud to be part of an institution that is committed to antiracist research.

Karin Schon, Ph.D., Director, Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory
Razan Alotaibi, Ph.D. Student, Anatomy and Neurobiology
Reyna Gariepy, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020 STaRS program
Stephanie Gonzalez Gil, Undergraduate Student, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience
Katie Kern, Ph.D. Student, Anatomy and Neurobiology
Shiraz Mumtaz, Research Assistant
Michael Rosario, Ph.D. Student, Graduate Program for Neuroscience


Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice:

Research: In our ongoing research funded by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging, NIH, we are examining the impact of chronic stress due to racial discrimination on the medial temporal hippocampal memory system in older adults. If you would like to participate in our research, please stay tuned as we are moving our research to remote data collection. Email us for more information.


From left to right – top row: Shiraz Mumtaz, Michael Rosario, Stephanie Gonzalez Gil; from left to right – middle row: Razan Alotaibi, Katie Kern, Karin Schon; bottom: Reyna Gariepy

📸 credit: Michael Rosario (6/2020)


Welcome to the website of the Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory. The Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Lab was established in May 2013. The lab’s research mission is to understand brain plasticity mechanisms and human memory function from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Research in the lab focuses on the medial temporal hippocampal memory system and modifiers of brain function and structure, such as exercise, psychosocial stress, and aging. Most recently, research in the lab has focused on the impact of chronic stress related to experiences or racial discrimination on memory function in aging.

Click here for information regarding our current study!


Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine

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