Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging & Developmental Science Center
Stephanie Jones, PhD
Dr. Jones uses her background in dynamical systems theory mathematics and computational neural modeling to study neural dynamics in health and disease. She is trained in MEG/EEG imaging and currently uses computational modeling techniques to bridge the critical gap between the non-invasive imaging observables and the underlying microscopic cellular and network level mechanisms.
Her current projects and interest include:
- Investigating the neural dynamics underlying normal development in children ages 0-6 as well as neural abnormalities in children with encephalopathy of prematurity (EP). In collaboration with Drs. Ellen Grant and Yoshio Okada at CHB, we are studying development with a powerful combination of techniques including mathematical modeling, MR diffusion tensor imaging, MEG imaging,
- Studying the mechanisms and functions of neural rhythms including their role in sensory perception, attentional processes, and healthy aging. We are also investigating the source of disruption in brain rhythms in diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder.
- Investigating plasticity induced by training in perceptual attention. In collaboration with Dr. Cathy Kerr at HMS we are studying neurodynamics underlying Mindfulness Medidation Practice.
- Combing computational modeling and optogenetic techniques, in collaboration with Dr. Chris Moore at Brown University, to study neural dynamics. We are currently delineating the role of specific cell types in controlling neocortical rhythmicity and investigating the impact of these rhythms on sensory perception.