Brain Connectivity Research

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Students will analyze large datasets from modern magnetic resonance imaging techniques, contributing to sub-projects including data collection and analysis, applying graph theory models, and development of software tools.

Project description

Modern magnetic resonance imaging techniques like diffusion tensor imaging and functional imaging can provide a wealth of information about the brain in both health and disease. We are collecting large datasets that can quantify brain connectivity, and need help analyzing them. In particular, we are looking for students to help with various sub-projects including: delineating brain regions, collecting and collating data, analyzing connectivity data, applying graph theory methods, and potentially helping develop software tools.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit, Salary/Stipend, Volunteer, Work Study
Who is eligible Students with some background in either computer science or biology (preferably neuroscience), programming/linux familiarity a plus
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Michael Dwyer

Assistant Professor

Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, 100 High St. Buffalo, NY, 14203

Phone: (716) 859-7065


Start the project

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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Medicine and Biomedical Sciences