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
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
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
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



To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

The specific preparation activities for this project are being finalized by the project mentor. Once they are finalized, this section will be updated. In the meantime, please reach out to the project mentor to confirm what specific preparation activities you should complete for the Project Preparation Digital Badge.