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Jacob M. Levenstein

DPhil (PhD) Researcher

Jacob joins the Physiological Neuroimaging Group following his role as a Junior Researcher and Laboratory Manager at the Oxford Cognitive Neuropsychological Centre, located within the Department Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. He conducted his Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology (University of Oxford) and previously spent two years as a Research Technician & Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His undergraduate degree was in Cognitive Studies (Endicott College).

For his DPhil (PhD) research, Jacob has been awarded a National Institutes of Health Oxford Cambridge Scholars Fellowship. Part of his DPhil work focuses on quantifying the dynamic aspects of neurochemicals using functional magnetic resonance spectroscopy (fMRS), an in-vivo imaging technique used to measure task-relevant modulation of neurochemicals in the human brain. By acquiring blood-oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) contrast images alongside fMRS measures, he is working toward understanding how these two different physical scales of brain function interact with one another, as well as investigating how brain imaging metrics from these sequences can be used as markers of subject-specific motor learning abilities. In addition to using these methods in the motor system of health participants, Jacob also works with clinical imaging data from those affected by stroke. Specifically, he works on lesion symptom mapping techniques with an aim to characterise how stroke affected brain tissue links to behavioral deficits and or can predict recovery. Jacob conducts this research under the supervision of Dr. Charlotte Stagg (University of Oxford), Dr. Nele Demeyere (University of Oxford) and Dr. Peter Bandettini (National Institutes of Health).

Jacob is a member of Corpus Christi College and works within the Welcome Centre for Integrative NeuroImaging (WIN), Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Human Brain (FMRIB) and the Section on Functional Imaging Methods within the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institutes of Health.

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