Jingyuan Chen

Principle Investigator
Jingyuan is an Assistant Professor at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Statistics. In her spare time, she likes traveling, calligraphy, and drawing cartoons.
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Jiawen Fan

Research Technician II
Dakota obtained her M.S. in Data Science at NYU Courant and her B.S. in Neuroscience from NYU. Her research interest underlies in deploying machine learning and statistical knowledge to study various brain functions, and deciphering 1. the physiological networks in the aging population and 2. white matter tracts activation under high-field fMRI. During her spare time, Dakota enjoys traveling, surfing, bouldering, photography, and visual arts.
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Shirley Feng

Research Technician II
Shirley is the lab manager and a research assistant in the CANDY lab. She earned her B.S. in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience from UCSD. Her research interests are in functional neuroimaging and its application to better understanding internalizing, alcohol or substance use, and neurodegenerative disorders. Outside of work hours, she likes sketching, reading fantasy novels, and petting other people's cats.
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Sean Coursey

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sean is a research assistant for Jingyuan with his research focusing on developing and validating analysis methods for fPET-FDG. As an undergraduate student at Northeastern University, he is working towards a Bachelor's in Mathematics and Physics with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience. In his free time, Sean helps run Northeastern’s Buddhist Group, Clay Cave (a pottery club), and Ballroom Dance Club.
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Penghui Du

Visiting Undergraduate Research Assistant
Penghui joined the team as an undergraduate research assistant for the 2023 Fall semester. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree at the Southern University of Science and Technology, with a major in Intelligent Medical Engineering. Penghui is particularly interested in computational and cognitive neuroscience, machine learning, and bioimaging techniques such as fMRI and PET. Besides his studies, he also enjoys listening to all kinds of music, long-distance jogging, and cooking.
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Xiao Zhang

Visiting Undergraduate Research Assistant
Xiao is a visiting undergraduate student at CANDY lab. She is currently a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Tsinghua University. Her primary research interest lies in fMRI, and she is currently working on high-resolution white matter-related studies. In her free time, she enjoys reading detective novels, watching anime, and practicing simple yoga and dance routines. However, be careful, she's a terrible painter and singer.
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Emma Yeon

Summer Intern
Emma is a summer intern at the CANDY lab. She is currently a student at Bronxville High School in New York. Emma is particularly interested in computational neuroscience and bioimaging techniques. In her free time, she enjoys playing squash, field hockey, and the piano, making digital artworks, and reading science fiction novels.
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Dr. Jinaffe

Lab mascot
Jinaffe is the founding member of the CANDY lab. He first met Jingyuan at her Ph.D. hooding ceremony and then took the road trip with her all the way from California to Boston (that was also how he got the neck injury…). His research interests are daydreaming and daydreaming.


Zihad Syed (summer student at Northeastern University)
Deborah Wanderley dos Santos (Harvard part-time intern, now a Ph.D. student at Northeastern University)
Priyadharshini Santhanakrishnan (summer student, now a Ph.D. student at the National University of Singapore)
Neo Nyoni (Northeastern part-time intern)
Jennifer Yeo (Northeastern Co-op student, now a master's student at Boston University)
Angel Huang (MIT UROP student, now a software developer at Five Rings LLC)
Xue Zhang (visiting Ph.D. student from Tsinghua University, now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford)