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Group Hike (August 2013)

Principal Investigator


Professor Jacob Hooker

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2007) University of California Berkeley, CA (Francis Lab); Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2007-2009) Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina


Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire

Krista Fariel 

B.S. in Healthcare Communications (2003); Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Boston

Hometown:  Herkimer, New York







Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Ph.D. in Medical Physics (2011) University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Research Interest: PET/MRI imaging physics, neurovascular coupling and metabolism, brain neurochemistry, and kinetic modeling.

Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan




Harvard Research Fellows   

Dr. Changning Wang

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2011) Case Western Reserve University, OH (Wang Lab)

Research Interests: Development of non-invasive imaging tools for in-vivo epigenetic imaging

Hometown: Siping, Jilin, China



Dr. Frederick 'Al' Schroeder Co-mentor: Stephen J. Haggarty (CHGR/HMS)  

Ph.D. in Neuroscience (2008) University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Akbarian Lab); Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2008-2012) Center for Human Genetic Research, Harvard/MGH (Petryshen Lab)

Research Interests: Epigenetics and mechanisms underlying depression and mood disorders

Hometown: Midland, MI


Dr. Nicole Zurcher

Ph.D. in Neuroscience (2012) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Research Interests: Neuroinflammation in autism spectrum disorders

Hometown: Fribourg, Switzerland




Dr. Genevieve Van de Bittner

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2012), University of California Berkeley (Chang lab)

Research Interests: PET probes for imaging synapes in the human brain.

Hometown: Moraga, CA



Dr. Michael Placzek Co-Mentor: Prof. Scott Lukas (McLean)

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2013), Northeastern University (Graham Jones Lab)

Research Interests: Drug abuse and neuroimaging using PET/MR

Hometown: Chicopee, MA





Dr. Wenjun Zhao

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2014) Michigan State University, MI (Wulff Lab)

Research interest: Development of radiotracers that allow for imaging the dynamics of neurotransmitter function.

Hometown: Taiyuan, Shanxi, China




Dr. Tonya Gilbert

Ph.D. 2014 Program in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology Dept. of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Mentor: Sean D. Taverna, Ph.D.

Hometown- Lockport, New York





Graduate Students       

 Emily Ricq (co-advised with Steve Haggarty)

B.S. in Chemistry (2009) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Current Project: Developing probes to study chromatin modification in psychiatric disease and neurogenesis.

Hometown: Mesa, AZ




Martin Strebl (co-advised with Tobias Ritter)

B.Sc. in Chemistry (2012) Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet, Munich, Germany
[M.A. Chemistry and Chemical Biology (2014), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA]
Current Project: Development of in-vivo imaging tools for HDAC imaging
Hometown: Aiglkofen, Bavaria, Germany 


Research and Technical Staff

Grae Arabasz

B.S. in Radiological Sciences, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (2009).

Hometown: Dartmouth, MA




Shirley Hsu, CNMT, ARRT (N, CT) 

B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley, CA; Nuclear Medicine Technologist Program, University of California San Diego (2008) 

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan




Judit Sore

B.S. in Microbiology, University of Health Sciences of Budapest;
MBA in International Business, Mercy College; Dobbs Ferry, NY.

PET Radiotracer Production Manager

Hometown: Verpelet, Hungary







Misha Riley

B.S. in Biology. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC

Hometown: Boston, MA





Kari Phan
B.S. In Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
Hometown: Malden, MA







Regan Butterfield

B.S. in Exercise Physiology, Utah State University (2001)

Nuclear Medicine Technologist Program, University of Utah (2002)
Hometown:  Riverton, Utah






Garima Gautam

B.A in Neuroscience w/ Minor in Psychology - Boston University

Hometown: New Delhi, India. 






Anisha Bhanot

B.A. in Neuroscience, Hamilton College

Hometown: Portsmouth, NH







Pre-Graduate Research Students

Janina Ehses, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich (completing her Master's degree with us in 2014)


We're always looking for talented and enthusiastic undergraduates.  Contact us if you are interested in joining the lab!


Honorary Members - (associated through collaboration or mutual interests)

Marco Loggia (Assistant Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Neuroscience, MGH Department of Radiology) 

Dan Albretch (Postdoctoral Fellow with Marco Loggia)

Christin Sander (Postdoctoral Fellow with Bruce Rosen)

KunEek Kil (Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Anna-Liisa Brownell, Martinos Center)

Connie Neumann (Graduate Student with Tobias Ritter, Harvard Chemistry) 

Martin Strebl (Graduate Student with Tobias Ritter, Harvard Chemistry)  

Helen Evans (Postdoctoral Fellow with Tobias Ritter, Harvard Chemistry)

Hong Geun Lee (Postdoctoral Fellow with Steve Buchwald, MIT Chemistry)

Phillip Milner (Graduate Student with Steve Buchwald, MIT Chemistry)

Wei Liu (Postdoctoral Fellow with John Groves, Princeton Chemistry)

Xiongyi Huang (Graduate Student with John Groves, Princeton Chemistry) 

Past Members - (Position in HookerLab, Current Position)

Nathan Schauer (Research Technician, Graduate Student at Harvard Medical School)

Marjorie Villien (Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Engineer at CERMEP in Lyon, France)

Himashine Diyabalanage (Postdoctoral Fellow, )

Ramesh Neelamegam (Postdoctoral Fellow, Scienist at Avid Radiopharmaceuticals)

Ehimen Aisaborhale (Research Technician, Pharmacy Student)

Hong Ren (Postdoctoral Fellow, Scientist at Merck)

Eunsung Lee (Honorary Member (Postdoc), Assistant Professor in South Korea)

Chris Moseley (Research Technician, Medical Student at Florida Atlantic University

Steve Carlin (Research Technician, Chemistry Graduate student at UW Seattle)

Yajie Wang (Postdoctoral Fellow, )

Mike Granda (Research Staff, Medical Student at Eastern Virginia Medical School)

Ian Hill (Summer Student, Undergrad at North Carolina State University)

Adam Kamlet, PhD (Honorary Member, Grad Student with Tobias Ritter, Senior Scientist at Pfizer)

Karolin Wagener (German Exchange Student, )

Ling Ma (Postdoctoral Fellow, )

Chris Sheridan (Summer Student, )

Helena Hong (Summer Student, Undergraduate at University of California Berkeley)

Anna Cha (Summer Student, Undergraduate at Swarthmore College)

Thomas McGrath (Research Staff, )

Colin Wilson (Research Staff, Research Staff at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)

Jaclyn Smith (Undergraduate Summer Student, Undergrad at NC State)

William Taylor (Undergraduate Summer Student, Undergrad at Jackson State)

Stephanie Lie (Undergraduate Summer Student, Undergrad at Boston University)

Stephanie Threatt (Undergraduate Summer Student, Undergrad at Harvard)

Jack Kent (Undergraduate Summer Student, Undergraduate at Tufts University)

Lindsay Rogers (Undergraduate Summer Student, Undergraduate at Yale University)

Andrew Wilson (Undergraduate Summer Student, Undergraduate at William & Mary University)

Osasere Evbuomwam (Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, )