Metoki, Athanasia (Nasia)
I am broadly interested in the brain and how nature and nurture shape our personality. It boils down first to the understanding of human development and second to longitudinal changes in individuals. I don’t focus on a specific cognitive domain, preferring the integrated view across cognitive functions. With a half technical – half theoretical background, I develop and apply advanced methods for analysis neuroimaging data. I am very much interested in possible application to education, I spend of lot of my time out of work creating and illustrating comics and games to provide tools to talk about cognitive science to the young public.
I am a morphometry maven and one of the lab’s go-to people for surface-based brain studies. I get brains on a common mesh and integrate multi-modal information. Besides the Dosenbach Lab, I also work with neurosurgeons and folks who study baby brains (development). I worked for the Van Essen Lab for over 16 years.
I grew up in Jennings, a suburb sandwiched between Ferguson and St. Louis city. As a teenager, I worked at the same McDonald’s where the Al Jazeera reporter was arrested after Michael Brown’s shooting. I graduated from Rosati-Kain High School in 1980; Washington University (BA Math & Russian) in 1984; and UMSL (MS Information Systems) in 1995.
My life outside work revolves around my teenagers, Max and Izzy. Other interests:
I grew up in the small village of Gültlingen on the edge of Germany’s Black Forest. For college, I moved across the Atlantic and studied biochemistry at Columbia University. Next, I got an MD, PhD (neuroscience) from Washington University in St. Louis. I stayed on for residency/fellowship training in pediatric neurology and am now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology. I spend most of my time in the lab studying human brain network plasticity, but I also see inpatients and outpatients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I love WashU’s open, collaborative and cross-disciplinary neuroimaging community. The greatest joy of all is getting to solve difficult research problems with my amazing lab teammates. My favorite hobbies are my family, MRI scanning and progressivism. My favorite forms of artistic expression are food, beer and Fußball.
I grew up an hour and a half south of St. Louis near Farmington and have lived in Missouri my whole life. I studied cell and molecular biology at Missouri State University and graduated in 2014. I am the clinical research study assistant for the Dosenbach Lab. I work directly with recruiting, screening, scheduling, and enrolling study participants. I also run the MRI scanner, administer cognitive and behavioral assessments and analyze imaging and behavioral data for ongoing research studies. My favorite part of my job is meeting and working with our amazing research participants who let us study their brains. In my free time, I love exploring local restaurants, seeing my favorite bands play live, and rescuing and fostering homeless dogs through Gateway Pet Guardians.
I grew up in Silver Spring, MD outside of Washington D.C. I got my B.S. in Natural and Social Science with a secondary emphasis in Spanish from Juniata College and moved to St. Louis in 2007 to get my doctorate in Occupational Therapy. I have been practicing as a pediatric OT since 2010 through WashU and my private practice, My Little Sunshine Pediatric Therapy LLC. I started in Nico’s lab working with Nico as an OT in 2014. In 2015, I transitioned to mentee as part of the Rehabilitation and Participation Science PhD program. Outside of work/school, I spend my time working to increase diversity and promote inclusion in the allied health professions through the Coalition of OT Advocates for Diversity and painting my home different colors.
I’ve lived in St. Louis most of my life. For college, I attended Washington University. I graduated in 2003 with a double major in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering and immediately afterwards joined the WashU Neuroimaging Laboratories (NIL). I enjoy solving difficult engineering challenges, Cardinals baseball, Star Wars and my three children.
I was born and raised just outside of Cleveland, OH with awesome parents and a brother who is a best friend. My dad sparked my curiosity in science (I own a cool telescope), and for the longest time I wanted to be a meteorologist, spending many evenings geeking out with the weather channel and analyzing daily weather data that was given to me by a meteorologist in Cleveland. My focus shifted from meteorology to psychology/neuroscience. I obtained a BS in Psychology before moving to Pittsburgh to join Dr. Beatriz Luna’s lab, where I got my PhD in Neuroscience, using both fMRI and MEG to study the network and oscillatory contributions to the development of cognitive control. In studying development, I quickly gained an appreciation for variability between individuals. For this reason (among many others), I decided to join the Dosenbach lab and the greater WashU community. I have a wide range of hobbies, from being active with outdoor activities/sports to being a couch potato, coding algorithms to trade stocks and watching Netflix –Bates Motel is my favorite.
I was born and raised in a city in the northern part of Greece. My undergraduate degree was in social work but an internship during my Master of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania sparked my interest in the brain and its functions. This led me to an MSc in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a PhD from Temple University. I joined the Dosenbach lab as a postdoctoral research scholar at 2021 and I am interested in how the brain forms networks, the way they communicate with each other and their differences in healthy and patient populations. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and cats, reading books, playing chess, and improving my French.
I’m a graduate student in the Dosenbach Lab. I grew up in a small town in Iowa called Boone. One of my favorite hobbies is playing video games with my brother and my 12-year-old sister. I also like rock climbing, yoga, snowboarding and sailing. I knew really early in my life that I wanted to practice medicine and study neuroscience. I got a BS in Neurobiology from the University of Iowa and then came to Washington University for an MD/PhD. I joined the Dosenbach lab in 2016 to to help develop individualized neuroimaging methods and study mechanisms of human plasticity.
I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Dosenbach Laboratory. I grew up in Selma, in California’s Central Valley. I studied neurobiology at UC Davis and then moved on to Washington University in St. Louis for a PhD in neuroscience with Dr. Beau Ances. My PhD research was about HIV and cognitive impairments associated with the virus and aging. My current projects include creating surface structures, models, and analyses of neuroplasticity using functional and structural MRI. In my pastime I enjoy collecting frogs, toads, and working on automobiles. I’m also an avid road and mountain cyclist.
I grew up in El Paso, TX. I received my B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Kinesiology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Occupational Therapy here at WUSTL and joined the Dosenbach Lab to study motor and behavior patterns in children with cerebral palsy. I spend a lot of my time outside of school volunteering with the Disabled Athletes Sports Association. Other interests that I enjoy are just about every outdoor activity under the sun, playing volleyball, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and eating amazing food.
I am originally from Plano, Texas and came to St. Louis to work as a research technician in the Dosenbach and Greene Labs. I graduated from Texas A&M University Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering specializing in bioinstrumentation and bioimaging. Starting in 2018, I became a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D Student here at WashU. My current research interests are in applying deep learning and image science techniques to improve neuroimaging methodology. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading books, playing around with electronics, and playing Grand Strategy video games.