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Reid Offringa
Navneet Kaur

I received my B.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity College in 2012. I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School for two years with Drs. Camprodon, Dougherty, and Deckersbach conducting neuropsychiatric and neuromodulation research. My work focused on assessing the neural circuitry in various psychiatric populations using tools and techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), deep brain stimulation (DBS), and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to understand the mechanisms of actions of disease. I am currently studying the physiology and brain activity associated with fear extinction in a PTSD twin cohort and hope to apply neuromodulation techniques in my research on PTSD.

Mike Van Elzakker
Mike VanElzakker

I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Colorado Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, working in a stress neuroendocrinology lab. Here at Tufts, I am integrating molecular biology techniques into the lab's neuroimaging mission by characterizing glucocorticoid receptor proteins in individuals with PTSD. This may lead us to better understand the underlying reasons for functional brain changes seen in this disorder. I am also interested in characterizing basic attentional function in PTSD, which may have implications for cognitive interventions.