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Amar Dhand, MD DPhil

Brigham and Women's Hospital

75 Francis St

Boston, MA 02115

socialnetneuro@gmail.com

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Fun fact:

Amar uses a memory palace technique to remember grocery lists and patients.

Amar Dhand

Principal Investigator

 

Dr. Amar Dhand is a neurologist and network scientist. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his DPhil from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. His graduate work with Professor Geoffrey Walford focused on peer learning among heroin users in New Delhi. He completed a medical internship, neurology residency and fellowship at UCSF. He is currently Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School with a joint appointment at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

 

Dr. Dhand is passionate about the impact of social networks on human disease. He combines expertise in clinical neurology and social sciences for this pursuit. His goal is to understand patients as individuals embedded in rich social webs, and to transform this understanding into interventions to improve lives.

Ian Corbin

Research Scientist

Ian Marcus Corbin is a scholar, writer, and entrepreneur from the North Shore of Boston. He has studied politics, religion and philosophy at Gordon College, Oxford University, Yale University and Boston College, with an eye to the ways that deep human values affect the formation and evaluation of human communities. He has taught at a number of colleges in the Boston area, published widely in venues such as the Wall Street Journal, The Spectator and Weekly Standard, and founded and run a contemporary art gallery. He is deeply concerned about the atrophy of community in modern America, and delighted to be working against it as part of the Human Network Initiative.

Fun fact:

Ian spent his adolescence playing guitar in a ska-punk band.

Amber Nieves

Research Assistant

Amber graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a minor in Computer Science from Bridgewater State University. She is passionate about combining science and helping others. What inspired her was learning about how crucial physics is when it comes to improving medicine and treatments. Amber is excited to apply her skills and creativity to help advance Dr. Dhand’s lab with their goals of improving the lives of stroke patients by investigating the impact of social networks.

Fun fact:

Amber was a competitive figure skater for 10 years.

Liam McCafferty

Research Assistant

Liam recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Wheaton College, MA. During his undergraduate career he studied under Dr. Jennifer Lanni, leveraging RNA-sequencing to map mutant Zebrafish genome’s onto gene-ontology networks. He is a believer in the positive power of science and its ability to make people’s lives healthier and happier. Liam is excited to be a member of the Dhand Lab and to be utilizing the power of social networks to help improve the lives and health outcomes of stroke victims and their families.

Fun fact:

Liam spends his free time playing the cello, doing improv comedy, and playing DnD with his friends. 

Karen Li

Research Assistant

Karen is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an undergrad, Karen traveled to Haiti three times for volunteer work, which inspired her to think about how healthcare can be improved logistically in under-resourced communities. This led her to complete her thesis in investigating patient supply chains in competing hospital networks under the advisory of Dr. Anna Nagurney. She is very excited to be working with the Dhand Lab and strengthening the intersection between operations science and stroke interventions.

Check out news about her project and paper!

Fun fact:

Karen ran her first (and hopefully not her last) half marathon in Chicago.

Lab Alumni

Rachel Greben

Research Trainee

Rachel is a medical student in her second year of studies at the University of Toronto. During her first year of medical school, Rachel became interested in gaining a better understanding of the social and environmental factors that contribute to a person’s health. She hopes to learn how these issues can be better addressed on both a systems level and with each patient in front of her. She is also interested in the areas of quality improvement and high value care, and is currently a Choosing Wisely STARS representative at her medical school. Rachel is very excited to have the opportunity to work in the Dhand Lab and to learn how network science can be applied to study these issues.

2019 Update:

University of Toronto Medical Student

Abby Halm

Research Assistant 

Abby completed her undergraduate degree in mathematical economic analysis at Rice University, where she also competed on the NCAA D1 Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. While working as a research intern for Dr. Blumenthal-Barby in the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Abby became fascinated with the role of behavioral economics in medical decision making, and, more generally, with research focused on the intersection of the social sciences and medicine. Abby is thrilled to investigate the relationships between stroke patients’ social networks and their recovery as a member of Dr. Dhand’s team.

2019 Update:

UVA Medical Student

Nuzulul Kurniansyah

Research Trainee

Nuzulul will be graduating in September 2018 with a Masters of Science in Bioinformatics from Boston University. Nuzulul graduated from a 2 year accelerated high school program in Jakarta, Indonesia before completing his undergraduate degree at Binus University in Jakarta. In 2014, he moved to Boston to begin a Masters in Computer Science. During an algorithm in bioinformatics class, he realized his passion for the subject and made the decision to switch to study bioinformatics.

2019 Update:

Analyst at

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Angela Kim

Research Coordinator

An aspiring physician, Angela is interested in the intersection of biological, psychological and social aspects of patient care. She is excited to contribute to a better understanding of how patients' network can affect their recovery as part of Social Networks team.

Angela studied neurobiology at Harvard and investigated error-driven learning behavior of mice and genetic factors responsible for C. elegans' neuronal development. She is excited to bring her previous experience and work with the members of Dr. Dhand's team.

2018 Update:

SUNY Downstate Medical Student

Simone Renault

Research Coordinator

Simone Renault is a staunch advocate for global health equity and is committed to pursuits that allow her to better understand and contribute to evidence-based practice for disease prevention and treatment, especially in low-resource settings. Simone graduated with degrees in neurobiology and international studies from the University of Iowa and is therefore thrilled to be part of an innovative lab studying health and health care as part of a biosocial system.

2017 Update:

UCLA Medical Student

Ozichi Osuoha

Research Assistant

Ozichi is a sophomore studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Harvard College with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. An aspiring medical student, Ozichi is looking to gain exposure to clinical research through patient interactions and quantitative analysis of the social aspects that affect health. She believes that social awareness is an essential component to educating a well-rounded health care professional. Ozichi is also looking forward to learning more about the events that precede and follow a stroke and how these events affect not only the patient, but the patient's family, friends, and future relationships.

2017 Update:

Harvard Undergraduate

Michael Tsiaklides

Research Coordinator

 

Michael Tsiaklides has experience conducting research in the social sciences. He is a dedicated lab assistant and also known as the data czar. He is critical for the research project's daily functioning and is now becoming involved in writing up some of the first findings from the research.

2017 Update:

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lindsay Obermeyer

Artist

 

Lindsay Obermeyer is a local textile artist who is also a stroke survivor. She has always included teaching as part of her art practice. Inspired by the visual social networks that have come out of the lab, she has created beautiful crocheted networks.

2017 Update:

Entrepreneur and Textile Artist

John Wang

Research Assistant

 

John is a December graduate from Washington University in St. Louis who is joining the lab during his semester before medical school. He studied neuroscience and anthropology as an undergrad and is excited about doing research that intersects both of his majors nicely. As an avid user of his iPhone, he is happy to be getting involved with the development of the mobile networks pilot project. 

2017 Update:

NYU Medical Student

Selena Lee

Intern

 

Selena Lee is a high school junior attending John Burroughs School.  She is interested in biomedical sciences and is intrigued by the impact of social interaction on outcomes following disease.  She is very excited to be working with Dr. Dhand and his group to study the social networks of stroke patients—how they evolve after stroke and influence recovery.

2018 Update:

Yale Undergraduate

Ali Dalton

Research Assistant

 

Ali Dalton is a biology and computer science major at Dartmouth College.  Her research interests have been primarily on data science and computational biology projects with an emphasis on clustering algorithms and network analysis. She is passionate about utilizing technology and computational methods in health related research, making her particularly excited to be a part of this team.​  As a St. Louis native, she is also excited to be back home, rooting for the Cardinals!

2017 Update:

Software Engineer at Perchwell

Beniva Ganther

Intern

 

Beniva Ganther is a biochemistry and anthropology double major at Washington University in St. Louis. She is strongly interested in doing research that utilizes more than just one area of study.  She hopes to be able to apply her backgrounds in hard science and social science in the medical field, so that in the future there’s a more effective and efficient way of finding patterns in research and in diagnosing and helping patients. Beniva is also incredibly excited to see the potential of social network research in applied to patients all over the world!

2017 Update:

WUSTL Undergraduate