who we are...

P. Ellen Grant MD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Grant is an accomplished Neuro-radiologist and researcher involved in a number of ongoing investigations examining infants with brain injury. She has extensive experience with the new technologies; including non-sedated MRI to be used in this investigation. As Principal Investigator on this study, Dr. Ellen Grant will be responsible for the interpretation of brain MRIs, and spectroscopy results.

Janet Soul MD.


Dr. Soul is the Director of the Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Program and an Associate Professor in Neurology at the Harvard Medical School. She will be responsible for the interpretation of MRI results.

Ivan Frantz MD.


Dr. Frantz is a neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center. He will be responsible for and oversee identifying and recruiting infants into our study.

Jonathan Litt, MD, MPH


Dr. Litt is a neonatologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He will be responsible for identifying and recuriting infants into our study.

Terrie Inder, M.B.CH.B


Dr. Inder is from Brighham and Womens Hospital, Newborn Medicine. she has extensive experience and will over see the recruitment of infants at BWH.

Borjan Gagoski PhD


Dr. Gagoski is an Instructor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School and is the MRI physiscist in the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center. He is responsible for overseeing and designing the MRi sequence protocols used to collect high resolution MRI data.

Nadine Gaab PhD


Dr. Gaab is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and is currently conducting a number of studies on typical and atypical language development. She will oversee the behavioral testing and the natural sleeping paradigm in the MRI scanner.

Sara Smith PhD


Dr. Smith is a researcher with the Gaab Lab in the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience and has spent the past year working on methods for successful, non-sedated MRI scans with infants. She is also co-investigator for a Harvard Graduate School of Education study exploring language development in at-risk preschoolers. She will be responsible for overseeing the MRI sessions.

Marie Drottar MA

Project Coordinator

Marie is a Research Scientist working on the quantitative analysis of magnetic resonance images. She trained at Boston University School of Medicine in Bioimaging and at the University of Massachusetts in Developmental Neuropsychology. Her research interests include mapping the developmental and anatomical connectivity of the brain and how the development of myelination during infancy and childhood relates to cognitive skills. She is responsible for study organization, data collection and data analysis.

Alana Matos

Research Assistant

Alana began working at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Summer of 2013. She is currently pursuing BS in Psychology from Northeastern University and has worked as a preschool teacher assistant at John Winthrop School. She is currently a Research Assistant to Dr. Ellen Grant and has previously worked as an intern at the Gaab Lab. Her research interests include childhood emotional development and psychological disorders in children. She hopes to someday pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is resposible for recuriting and consenting infants and families into our study.

Thea Francel M.Ed

Research Assistant

Thea is a a research assistant in the Grant lab. she has experience in working with infants and mothers, and will be responsible for recruiting and consenting infants and families into the research study.

Rachel Wegner

Research Assistant

Rachel is a research assistant who will assist in the recruiting and consenting of infant and families into our study.

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