Pain and Neuroinflammation Imaging Lab

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Marco Loggia, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, Center for Integrative Pain NeuroImaging (CIPNI)
Faculty, MGH/HST Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

In 2008 I was awarded a Ph.D. in Neurological Sciences by McGill University in Montreal, QC (Canada). During my graduate studies I had the opportunity to work 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, I held the position of Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and worked in the laboratories of Drs. Robert R. Edwards and Ajay D. Wasan at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Drs. Randy L. Gollub and Vitaly Napadow at Massachusetts General Hospital. As of 2013 I am faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

I am a recipient of the 2013 Early Career Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the 2016 IASP Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award for Clinical Science, and the Primary Investigator of several federal and foundation grants, including from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS/NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD).

Curriculum vitae

Publications

Contact

149 Thirteenth Street, Rm 2301
Charlestown, MA 02129

Phone:+1 (617) 643-7267

Email: marco@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

Lab Manager

Ellie Kim, BA

I graduated from Connecticut College in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Music. At Connecticut College, I designed and conducted empirical…Read More

Contact

ekim35@mgh.harvard.edu

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

Mehrbod Mohammadian, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I hold a bachelor’s in “Biomedical engineering”, a master’s in “Biomedical imaging”, and a Ph.D. in “Clinical Neurosciences”. I received my-…Read More

Contact

mmohammadian@mgh.harvard.edu

Ekim Luo, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I received my PhD in Experimental Psychology, School of Biological Sciences, from the University of Cambridge in February, 2024. During my PhD, I used a combination…Read more

Contact

yluo18@mgh.harvard.edu

Yehui Zhu, MSN, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I received my PhD in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2019. My research trajectory is from bedside to bench. Initially in 2010, my research was rooted in… Read More

Contact

yzhu21@mgh.harvard.edu

Silvia Fanton, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I received my PhD degree in June 2023 from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. My PhD position was part of a… Read More

Contact

sfanton@mgh.harvard.edu

Research Assistants, Technicians and Coordinators

Jennifer Murphy, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated as a National Merit Scholar from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2022 with an Honors BS in Biology and a minor in Public Health…Read More

Contact

jmurphy@mgh.harvard.edu

Natalie Swanson, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated with a degree in neuroscience from Pomona College in 2023. At Pomona, I designed and implemented a thesis under Professor Richard Lewis using…Read More

Contact

nswanson2@mgh.harvard.edu

Jack Schnieders, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated from the University of Illinois in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. As an undergraduate, I…Read More

Contact

jschnieders@mgh.harvard.edu

Maggie Wargo, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated from Tufts University in May 2024 with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology and Biology with a minor in Studio Art. As an undergraduate…Read More

Contact

mwargo@mgh.harvard.edu

Megan Heffernan, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2022 with a B.S. in Psychology on a Neuroscience Track and a secondary major in…Read More

Contact

mrheffernan@mgh.harvard.edu

Courtney Chane, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in May of 2022 with a B.S. in Psychology-Neuroscience. While at Penn State, I worked as an…Read More

Contact

cchane@mgh.harvard.edu

Keenan Byrne, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated from Sant Louis University in 2021 with a double B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Spanish. While at SLU, I took a strong interest in…Read More

Contact

kcbyrne@mgh.harvard.edu

Interns

Qihao Xie

I am a current undergraduate junior majoring in psychology and neuroscience at Brandeis University. I am always intrigued by research questions…Read More


Alumni

Grace Grmek, BA (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Angelica Sandström, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Ava Axelrod, BS (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Aarushi Tandon, BS (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Alexa DiPietro (Intern)

Julie Klinke (Master Student)

Ludovica Brusaferri (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Erin J. Morrissey, B.A. (Senior Clinical Research Coordinator)

Erin Hardy (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Luccia Maccioni (Visiting PhD Student)

Daniel Albrecht, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Zeynab Alshelh, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Courtney Bergan, B.S. (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Stefano Bovo, B.S. (Masters Candidate)

Kelly Castro-Blanco, BS (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Julia Bialobrzewski, BA (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Paulina Knight, BA (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Yang Lin, B.S. (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Chelsea Pike, BA (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Katerina Protsenko, B.S. (Research Assistant)

Hagen Puller (Intern)

Atreyi Saha, B.A. (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Joshua Smith, BS (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Ángel Torrado-Carvajal, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Sofia Trogu (Intern)

Akila Weerasekera, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Julia Gombar (Intern)

Hope Housman, BS, MS (Clinical Research Coordinator)