Bright headshotMolly Bright, D.Phil. (Biography and CV)

Principal Investigator



Postdoctoral Fellows


Rachael Stickland

PhD, Cardiff University, 2019



Mark Hoggarth

DPT, Northwestern University



PhD Students


Kimberly Hemmerling

Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University



Neha Reddy

Medical Scientist Training Program

Feinberg School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University


Kristina Zvolanek

Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

Advanced fMRI in children with unilateral brain injury


Kevin Schmidt

Brain, Behavior and Cognition, Psychology, Northwestern University

Member of Reber Lab, collaboration on Cognitive consequences of hypoxia


Jasmine Vu

Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

Member of Rad Lab, collaboration on fMRI after Deep Brain Stimulation


Stefano Moia

Visiting PhD student, La Caixa Fellow, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language

Multi-echo fMRI of neurovascular physiology


Undergraduate Students


Catherine Chen

BME ’21, Northwestern University



Jingxuan Gong

BME ’23, Northwestern University

Summer Undergraduate Research Grant, 2020


Harsh Khilwani

BME ’21, Northwestern University



Max Wang

BME ’22, Northwestern University

Summer Undergraduate Research Grant, 2020


Interested in joining our lab for BME 399 or 499 credit? Get in touch!




Doctor of Physical Therapy Students

Class of 2022

  • Alison Adaniya
  • Benjamin Carter
  • Kendall Fosse
  • William Lindstrom
  • Christopher Shaw




Dr. Cesar Caballero-Gaudes

Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language



Prof. Paul Reber

Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Memory

Psychology, Northwestern University


Prof. Milap Sandhu

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University


Prof. Jules Dewald

Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Northwestern University



Prof. Laleh Rad

Biomedical Engineering and Radiology, Northwestern University




Past Members



  • Ranga Deshpande, PhD (2019)



  • Yasser Falah, MBChB, MRCP, PhD – PhD, University of Nottingham, 2019
    • Developing clinical applications of ultra-high-field perfusion imaging
  • Elena Kleban, PhD – PhD, University of Nottingham, 2017
    • Quantifying venous oxygenation using Frequency Difference Mapping at 7T


Doctoral Rotation

  • Natalie Koh, PhD student, Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience program, WQ19
    • Evaluation of an automated pseudo-event detection approach to model HRF variability



  • Apoorva Ayyagari, MS Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2020
    • Understanding noise in spinal cord BOLD fMRI data with a breath-hold paradigm to investigate feasibility of studying vascular reactivity
  • Vineet Sharma, MS Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2019



  • Ana Cornell – BME ’22 Northwestern University, 2019
    • McCormick Summer Undergraduate Research Award
    • Real-time feedback of hand-grip strength for fMRI studies in spinal cord injury
  • Aaron Shoemaker – BME ’19, Northwestern University, 2018
    • Design and development of the ANVILgrip – an MRI compatible hand-grip device
  • Navdeep Jabble – BMed Sci ’16, University of Nottingham, 2015-2016
    • Relating fatigue and cortical perfusion in Multiple Sclerosis