News from the Lab

We’re glad you’re interested in learning more about the Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity (NBC) Laboratory at Florida International University (FIU)! Our team likes to keep busy. Members from the lab participate in outreach events throughout the community, present research at scientific conferences and meetings, and much more. Here, you can learn about these activities, read about recent news and scroll through photos. Would you like to know more? Feel free to contact us with questions about the stories found here!


Congratulations to Jessica Bartley!
12 Mar 2018

Good news! Jessica Bartley, a sixth year Ph.D. student in the Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity Laboratory, has been selected by the Chair of the FIU Physics Department to receive a recognition award for “Outstanding Academic Achievement”! This award showcases and celebrates the academic and service accomplishments of College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE) students. Congratulations Jessica!

Read more about FIU’s recognition of outstanding CASE students

Jessica Bartley Receives Fellowship
28 Feb 2018

Jessica Bartley, a sixth year graduate student in the Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity lab, has been awarded FIU’s Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) for $16,600. This scholarship will cover Jessica’s final two semesters of dissertation research and writing for her work investigating the neural correlates of physics learning and physics problem solving, a longitudinal project that documents how reasoning-related brain networks develop across classroom instruction. Jessica is one of two students in the Physics Department to receive this year’s competitive DYF! Congratulations Jessica!

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Funding for new research center.
11 Oct 2017

Exciting news! A team of FIU scientists has been awarded a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD/NIH) to build Florida’s first Health Disparities Research Center at a Minority Institution (RCMI). The focus of the FIU-RCMI is on reducing substance abuse problems and HIV/sexually transmitted infections among teenagers and young adults through community research partnerships in South Florida and across the country. FIU-RCMI is directed by Dr. Eric Wagner, involves 34 faculty members from various disciplines across the university, and is composed of multiple cores and a larger scale research project. This 5-year research project examines risk and protective factors that lead to electronic cigarette use among teenagers and the impact of electronic cigarette use on the developing brain. Drs. Trucco and Sutherland are the principal investigators of this research project. Congratulations to all!

Read more about the FIU-RCMI

Congratulations to Ranjita Poudel!
30 Sep 2017

Ranjita Poudel, a third year graduate student, was recently published in Psychiatry Research for her correspondence entitled “Gender differences in stress hormone response regulates effects of mindfulness in stress related disorder.” It is available online here!

Congratulations to Ranjita Poudel!
29 Aug 2017

Ranjita Poudel, a second year graduate student in the Neuroinformatics and Brain connectivity lab, has been awarded the Edward and Rita Girden Cognitive Neuroscience Scholarship for $1470. This scholarship will supplement Ranjita’s travel to the 2017 Human Brain Mapping conference this June 25-29 in Vancouver, Canada. She will be presenting a poster entitled “Behavioral decoding of functionally related brain areas consistently linked to drug cue reactivity”.

Congratulations to Jessica Bartley!
21 Apr 2017

Jessica Bartley, a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity lab, has won 2nd place in the Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium (Education Division) for her work on the neural correlates of physics learning! Her featured poster, Understanding the Neural Substrates of Physics Problem Solving: Brain Mechanisms and Behavior Correlates, presented findings from her fMRI investigation on the neural basis of physics classroom learning and problem solving skill development.

This honor follows a 1st place award (Education Division) for Jessica’s presentation at Florida International University’s annual Graduate Student Scholarly Forum, a University-wide celebration of 100+ graduate student research projects. Jessica’s outstanding Scholarly Forum performance afforded her, as one of only 11 FIU graduate students, the opportunity to represent FIU at the statewide competition. Awards at this Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium are in recognition of research excellence for top graduate research projects across the state of Florida. Jessica was one of three FIU students to receive awards at this event.

Congratulations to the winners!

New paper in JAMA Psychiatry
12 Apr 2017

Good news! Dr. Matthew Sutherland’s recent paper, entitled “Neural signatures of cognitive flexibility and reward sensitivity following nicotinic receptor stimulation in dependent smokers,” is available at the journal JAMA Psychiatry here!

Congratulations, Dr. Sutherland!

Congratulations to Emily Boeving, Jessica Flannery, and Taylor Salo!
03 Mar 2017

Good news, everyone! Three of our graduate students (Emily Boeving, Jessica Flannery, and Taylor Salo) have been awarded Merit Awards from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping to present their work in oral sessions at the annual meeting to be held in Vancouver, Canada this June. Congratulations, Emily, Jessica, and Taylor!

Learn more about the annual Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference

NBC Lab hosts BrainHack Global Miami at FIU!
03 Mar 2017

NBC Lab recently hosted a satellite conference for Brainhack Global, a unique multi-site conference that convenes researchers from across the globe and a myriad of disciplines to work together on innovative projects related to neuroscience. Graduate students Jessica Bartley, Katie Bottenhorn, Jessica Flannery, Ranjita Poudel, and Taylor Salo presented their research!

Congratulations to Jessica Flannery!
21 May 2016

Jessica Flannery, a graduate researcher in the Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity lab, has been selected to receive an Abstract Travel Award for the 2016 OHBM Annual Meeting in the amount of $1,000. The funding for these special awards was provided by the National Science Foundation and only the top rated abstracts were selected. This travel award will supplement Jessica’s travel to the 2016 Human Brain Mapping conference this June in Geneva, Switzerland, at which Jessica will present a poster on entitled, “Habenula activity following positive and negative feedback among abstinent cigarette smokers.” Congratulations, Jessica!

Learn more about the annual Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference