Career Week


The Martinos Center is hosting its first ever career week! There will be workshops, lectures, panels, and round table discussions on a number of topics with the goal of offering career support to the Center's faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and graduate students as well as its collaborators and peers. All are welcome - feel free to bring a friend. 
**Resources from this week's events can be found here.**

Organized by: Allison Stevens (Faculty Development), Giorgia Grisot (Graduate Student Representative), Aina Frau-Pascual (Postdoc Representative), Emma Boyd (Women in Science Seminar Series), & Stacey Ladieu (Meeting & Event Planner) with special thanks to Bruce Rosen & Bill Shaw for their support.

If you have any questions about the event, topics you would like to see discussed during the event, or suggestions for future topics please send an email to

We ask that you take a moment to indicate which events you are likely to attend so that we may be sure we have enough chairs and supplies. You can do so here

Location:  All events take place in Conference Room A (Building 149).
Athinoula A. Martinos center for Biomedical Imaging
149 13th Street Charlestown #2301, Boston, MA 02129


Time Monday, April 9th Tuesday, April 10th Wednesday, April 11th Thursday, April 12th Friday, April13th
noon Climbing the Job Ladder at MGH as an RA/CRC  Getting into Grad School: Insights from the Inside Insights on the Job Application & Interview Process Barriers to Women in Science

The Life of an Academic (Panel)


Science & Snacks Networking Mixer


Career Tips for Postdocs

  Writing Group  

Careers beyond Academia (Panel)

  Improving Communication for a Successful Career    

Reception / Networking Mixer 



Event Descriptions:

Monday, April 9th

Climbing the Job Ladder at MGH as an RA/CRC:   Conference Room A  12pm-1pm
Come chat with Allison Stevens to learn about the growth opportunities within the Research Assistant and Clinical Research Coordinator job ladders as well as other opportunities outside of those titles at the Martinos Center and MGH. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Careers Beyond Academia, a speaker panel:   Conference Room A   3:30pm-5:30pm
Our exceptional panelists will talk about their experience in the "outside" world (a.k.a. not academia). What career opportunities are there for scientists at the center? What does it take to succeed in industry? How did they do it? Come to the panel and find out!


  • Lisa Chuah, Director of MR Collaborations at Siemens Medical Solutions
  • John Kirsch, Chief Clinical MR physicist at MGH
  • Tom Miller, Founder and Managing Partner at venture capital firm, GreyBird Ventures
  • Greg Sorensen, board member at IMRIS, Siemens Healthineeers AG, Invicro, LLC, DFB Healthcare Acquisitions Corp
  • Koene Van Dijk, Manager MR Imaging at Pfizer
  • Daniel Wehner, Shareholder & Associate at Wolf Greenfield, Intellectual Property Law 

Careers Beyond Academia Reception / Networking Mixer:  Conference Room A   5:30pm-7pm
Join us for wine and cheese, the chance to speak with our panelists, network, and to meet others in various positions outside of academia.


Tuesday, April 10th

Getting into Graduate School:   Insights from the Inside:  Conference Room A  12pm-1pm
Hear from an administrator involved in the graduate admissions process as well as graduate students who will share their experience with the application & interview process. Feel free to bring your lunch!


  • Laurie Ward, Graduate Administrator, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology (HST) program
  • Melissa Haskell, graduate student, Harvard University Biophysics program
  • Allison Moreau, graduate student, Washington University Clinical Psychology Program
  • Ken Chang, graduate student, HST MEMP
  • Adrià Recasens, graduate student, CSAIL MIT

Career Tips for Postdocs:  Conference Room A  3pm-4pm
Dr. Marcia Goldberg, Director of the new Post Doctoral Division of the Office for Research Career Development at MGH, will share a few pointers on advancing your career and then take questions from the audience. Coffee will be provided.


Wednesday, April 11th

Insights from Human Resources on the Job Application & Interview Process:   Conference Room A  12pm-1pm
Diana Borg, MGH HR Recruiter, will share insights on how the job application process works & tips on improving resumes and interview skills. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Improving Communication for a Successful Career:   Conference Room A   3:30pm-5:30pm
Kelly Davis, MGH HR Professional Development, will help you discover how to make your communication style work for you and those around you.


Thursday, April 12th

Barriers to Women in Science:   Conference Room A  12pm-12:30pm
Dr. Phyllis Carr is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Internal Medicine specialist at MGH Women’s Health Associates. She will discuss and provide materials on barriers to advancement for women, pathways to leadership, compensation equity, mentoring/coaching and sponsorship, career flexibility and work-life balance. This event is being co-hosted by the Women in Science Seminar series. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Writing Group: Thursday, April 12th  Conference Room A   3pm-4pm
Writing a paper, grant, thesis, or novel but having trouble getting started? Or just can't seem to find the time and quiet to make progress? Bring your laptop or notebook with you and we'll get you started writing. Once we have you in the writing mindset, you're welcome to stay and work on your writing for as long as you'd like.  Coffee will be there for you when you arrive! Handouts with additional tips will be provided.


Friday, April 13th

The Life of an Academic, a speaker panel:  Conference Room A   12pm-2pm
In this panel, we will talk about life in Academia: the tenure track, teaching vs research, funding grants, collaborations, life-work balance, mentoring, etc. Panelists from the Martinos Center and other institutions will discuss these topics and will answer questions from the audience. Feel free to bring your lunch!


  • Randy Gollub (MGH/HMS)
  • Marco Loggia (MGH/HMS)
  • Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli (MIT)
  • Rhoda Au (BU)
  • Larry Wald (MGH/HST)
  • Bruce Rosen (MGH/HST)

Martinos Center Science & Snacks Networking Mixer:  Conference Room A    2pm-3:30pm
Join us after the final event of career week for a special Science & Snacks. Chat with panelists and other Martinos faculty to learn more about the life of an academic. 


Speaker bios:

Rhoda Au is Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public. Since 1990, she has conducted research related to cognitive aging and dementia at the Framingham Heart Study, and has recently included integrating digital technology into the cognitive assessment process to identify digital biomarkers as surrogate indices
to more expensive and invasive fluid and imaging biomarkers and using “big data” analytics to identify novel AD pathways and treatments. She is also building multi-sector ecosystems to generate solutions that move the focus on precision medicine to one centered more broadly on precision health.

Diana Borg has been in Human Resources at Mass General for over 6 years recruiting for a variety of positions within multiple departments including Imaging. She is also a certified trainer for Behavioral Interviewing at the hospital's Leadership Academy. Prior to MGH, Diana worked at a staffing agency for several years hiring temporary and permanent employees for a wide range of companies and industries including healthcare throughout the Boston area.

Phylis Carr is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Internal Medicine specialist at MGH Women’s Health Associates. She obtained her MD from Harvard Medical School and has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Carr is well known for her support of women’s health issues, and has authored numerous publications on gender disparities in academic medicine. 

Lisa Chuah From Singapore to Australia, back to Singapore, to Germany and now the USA, Lisa’s career has been a mixture of academia, clinical practice and industry. Lisa has postgraduate degrees in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Western Australia and was a practicing Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. Since joining Siemens Healthcare in 2010, Lisa has taken on several roles as diverse as Collaboration Scientist to Global Marketing for Neuro, Ortho and Pediatric MRI. Since January this year, she is now part of the Siemens Healthcare MR Collaboration team as the Zone Director for the Northeast, to help drive the well-established and fruitful collaboration partnerships fostered by Siemens over the last two decades.

Kelly Davis is a Program Manager on the Partners HealthCare Organization Development and Learning Services team.  She oversees the Professional Development Series, which is a free-to-all-employees series of workshops that helps both individual contributors and managers gain critical skills to help with their career success.  When she isn't working, Kelly enjoys cooking, watching movies, and riding her horse.

Marcia Goldberg is Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School, Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health, an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and an attending physician in Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Post Doctoral Division, Director of Research Program Development in the Department of Medicine, Director of Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Co-Director of the Mass General-Broad Institute Initiative for Antibiotic Resistance Research. She directs an active research program that focuses on the underlying mechanisms of infectious diseases and the development of rapid diagnostics for infectious diseases. 

Randy L. Gollub is Professor of Psychiatry at MGH where she serves as the Associate Director of Translational Research in the Neuroimaging Research Program. Her research focuses on the interface between the technological advancement of neuroimaging acquisition and analysis methods and their application to basic and clinical neuroscience.  Her lab uses functional neuroimaging methods to investigate pain perception and the modulation of pain perception by placebo and acupuncture in people with and without chronic pain disorders.  She and her colleagues have demonstrated that there are multiple mechanisms by which the human brain can modulate pain perception. Dr. Gollub’s research program in the domain of neuroimaging informatics focuses on the calibration and validation of neuroimaging data vital to the development of viable biomarkers as well as on technical and logistical efforts to aggregate large datasets for research. She is the site PI for a publically available multi-site clinical imaging investigation of schizophrenia and co-developer of the Medical Imaging Informatics Bench to Bedside workbench that enables access to clinical image data for secondary research use.  Most recently she has applied this infrastructure to support the integration of medical images collected during routine clinical care into large-scale clinical informatics research enterprises for the study of MRI metrics of healthy brain development and detection of neonatal brain damage. Dr. Gollub has a long-standing commitment to biomedical education. A member of the affiliate faculty of the Harvard Massachusetts Institute of Technology division of Health Sciences Technology (HST), she serves as Co-Training Director of the HST Neuroimaging Training Program and was the originating Course Director for HST.583 fMRI Data Acquisition and Analysis. Dr. Gollub received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Northwestern, an M.D. and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology as an MSTP scholar at Duke University Medical School and completed her Psychiatry residency and a research fellowship in single unit electrophysiology at Yale. 

John Kirsch holds a Ph.D. in Radiological Physics from MIT. After doing a Post-doctoral fellowship in the Physics Research Lab at MGH in PET, he joined Siemens Healthcare in 1985 as an Applications Scientist in the newly created MR Division. With a role to educate radiologists in understanding and interpreting the new emerging technology of MRI, he also helped develop the imaging applications for the product line, including multi-slice multi-angle imaging, motion and flow compensation, and spectral and spatial saturation techniques.  At the beginning of the collaborative partnership between the MGH Martinos Center and Siemens in 2000, he came to Boston to provide the general physics support for the introduction of whole body 3T imaging and played a significant role in the successful implementation of fMRI.  After working at Siemens for over 30 years as a Principal Scientist involved in system performance, image quality, and quality improvement in MRI, he accepted the position of Chief Clinical MR Physicist at Massachusetts General Hospital at the beginning of 2017.

Marco Loggia received a Laurea in Experimental Psychology from Universita’ Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan (Italy), with a thesis on the plasticity of brain sensorimotor maps in human hand allograft, evaluated using fMRI. He was awarded a Ph.D. In Neurological Sciences by McGill University in Montreal, QC (Canada). He worked at the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain (formerly McGill Centre for Research on Pain), under the mentorship of its first director, Prof. M. Catherine Bushnell, a pioneer in the field of human pain imaging. Between 2008 and 2013, Marco held the position of Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Since 2013, he has been faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a recipient of the 2013 Early Career Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the 2016 IASP Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award for Clinical Science. His laboratory’s main research questions focus on the brain mechanisms of pain in humans.

Allison Moreau is a 1st year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis, working with Dr. Ryan Bogdan. She received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Wheaton College (MA) in 2013. In 2014, she began working with Dr. Bruce Fischl at the Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging in the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. There she was responsible for managing several imaging projects on various clinical populations, including traumatic brain injury, focal cortical dysplasia and the effects of HIV on nervous system development. At the BRAIN Lab at Wash U, Allison is interested in furthering her research training in neuroimaging, using the methodology to study the neural mechanisms of psychiatric disorders.

Tom Miller: After earning a graduate degree from the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, Tom joined Siemens where he ran the global MRI business. He has also served as the CEO of the global medical operations of Carl Zeiss, the CEO of Analogic Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of LightLab Imaging, a start-up he helped to establish and sell. Tom re-joined Siemens in 2002 serving as a member of the Global Operating Board and Division CEO of Siemens Healthcare with 26,000 employees in over 130 countries. In 2013, Tom started GreyBird Ventures, an investment firm focused on technologies for precision medicine diagnosis. Tom is a speaker on healthcare technology at conferences around the world and serves as director or chairman on the boards of five medical technology companies.

Adrià Recasens is a fourth year PhD student in computer vision at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) of the Massachusetts Institue of Technology advised by Professor Antonio Torralba. His research interests range on various topics in computer vision and machine learning. Among other things, he is working on gaze estimation, predicting where is people looking in images. Before starting his PhD, Adrià completed a double degree in Mathematics and Telecommunications at the Centre de Formació Interdisciplinària Superior of the Politechnical University of Catalunya, BarcelonaTech. While finishing his double degree, he collaborated with the Mobile Experience Laboratory at MIT and the LARCA group at UPC BarcelonaTech.

Bruce Rosen is Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Science and Technology at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He is Director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rosen is a world-leading expert in functional neuroimaging. Over the past thirty years he has pioneered the development and application of many novel physiological and functional nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to measure hemodynamic and metabolic changes associated with brain activation and cerebrovascular insult as well as complementary tools to measure microvascular and microstructural morphology. These and other techniques he has developed are used by research centers and hospitals throughout the world to study and evaluate patients with stroke, brain tumors, dementia, and neurologic and psychological disorders. Most recently, Dr. Rosen's work has focused on the integration of fMRI data with information from other modalities, including positron emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and noninvasive optical imaging. By using fMRI tools to evaluate the linkage between neuronal and physiological (metabolic and hemodynamic) events during periods of increased neuronal activity, his studies will allow researchers to better interpret fMRI signal changes and develop new ways to probe brain function. Dr. Rosen leads the activities of several large interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research programs including the NIH Blueprint-funded Human Connectome Project, the NIBIB Regional Resource Center, the Center for Functional Neuroimaging Technologies (CFNT), and the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) Collaborative Tools Support Network. He is Principal Investigator/Program Director for two neuroimaging training programs, is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the field of functional MRI, and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles as well as over 50 book chapters, editorials and reviews. 

Gregory Sorensen serves on the supervisory board of Siemens Healthineers AG and on other public and private boards of directors. Dr. Sorensen is a board-certified neuroradiologist, and from 2011 to 2015 he served as President and CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America, the world’s largest provider of hospital infrastructure including active businesses in diagnostic imaging, in-vitro diagnostics, and healthcare IT. He has guided the organization during one of healthcare’s most turbulent periods of transformation and delivered many years of strong business success as well as national thought leadership. Prior to his service at Siemens, he was a full professor at Harvard Medical School with additional appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oxford University, and an accomplished physician-scientist, based at Massachusetts General Hospital. His scientific career focused on developing new imaging methods to understand cancer of the brain, stroke, and migraine. He is also active in national and global policy making, including serving as a member of the Scientific Council of the National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, as past Chairman of the Board of the Medical Imaging Technology Alliance, and on the Executive Committee of National Electrical Manufacturers Association. He currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Research!America.

Koene Van Dijk holds a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the VU University Amsterdam and has completed post-doctoral research fellowships at Maastricht University and Harvard University/Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Koene has lead efforts in MRI protocol optimization, quality control, and analysis of multimodal imaging data. He has made substantial contributions to the imaging and cognitive neuroscience field by characterizing the effects of acquisition procedures and analysis methods on functional connectivity MRI outcome metrics, as well as by increasing our understanding of how real-world confounds such as patient head motion impact MRI measures of functional brain connectivity. He is an expert in multi-modal neuroimaging in Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, and various other neurologic and psychiatric diseases. Koene is currently Manager MR Imaging at Pfizer Inc in Cambridge MA USA where he supports study teams across Pfizer's World Wide R&D enterprise by advising on selection of appropriate imaging biomarkers and interpretation of MR-based study endpoints for drug development purposes.

Larry Wald is the director of the Martinos Center MGH NMR core, and professor of Radiology in Harvard Medical School, also affiliated to HST, MIT. He works on technique development for high field imaging of the Brain. Development of 7 Tesla scanner and coils for imaging human brain function, highly parallel phased array coil development for 3T and 7T, Parallel transmit methods for B1+ mitigation in the head at 7T, and highly accelerated echo volume imaging.

Laurie Ward is the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Graduate Administrator. She has a Master’s in Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine in Psychology. She has been with HST for ten of her twenty-five years at MIT and manages HST PhD admissions and graduate funding. Although born in Maine, she migrated to Boston after college to marry her college sweetheart. She and Keith are raising an active teenage son who has begun his own college search and application process.

Dan Wehner earned a graduate degree from the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology program and a J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School. He joined the Wolf Greenfield patent law firm back in 2007 as a technology specialist and he is now a Shareholder at the firm. He counsels clients in the areas of patent prosecution and portfolio development, patent litigation support, and post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent Office. Dr. Wehner’s practice focuses primarily on assisting healthcare and medical device companies with IP strategy within technical areas including healthcare IT, microfluidics, medical imaging, robotics, diagnostics, artificial intelligence, software-controlled devices and MEMS.

Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli received her B.A. in Biophysics, Ph.D./ABD in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Psychology/Neuroscience at the University of California Berkeley. She has worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, EEG Systems Laboratory, Stanford University in the Psychiatry and Psychology Departments and she is currently a Principal Research Scientist at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. The primary mission of her research is to understand the brain basis of psychiatric disorders and to promote translation of this knowledge into clinical practice. Towards this end, she employs multimodal neuroimaging techniques to investigate the pathophysiology of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Her ultimate mission is to discover biomarkers for improved diagnosis, early detection (potentiating early intervention and possibly prevention), prediction of therapeutic response (targeted towards precision medicine) as well as developing novel therapeutic techniques (e.g., real-time fMRI feedback) with the hope of improving (or augmenting) currently available treatments. The secondary mission of her research is to develop neuroimaging analysis tools to share with clinicians and the neuroimaging community at large.


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