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Flip Phillips, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Past Chair of Neuroscience at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Flip received his Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University and has expertise in 3D visual and haptic shape perception, which he studies using behavioral and computational modeling techniques. He also uses 3D printing technology in his lab to create novel haptic objects for experiment purposes. Before joining Skidmore College, Flip worked as an Animation Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios.

Dr. Harsh Mahajan

Chief Radiologist, Mahajan Imaging, Delhi. Dr. Harsh Mahajan graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 1982, after which he went on to do his Post-Graduation in Radiodiagnosis from PGIMER, Chandigarh. He was then awarded a Rotary Foundation Fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Hospital & Research Institute in Houston, Texas where he developed a keen interest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In 1992, Dr. Mahajan set-up one of India’s first privately run MRIs. Subsequently in the year 1998 he was appointed as the Honorary Radiologist to the President of India and he continues to hold that post till date. He was awarded one of the highest civilian national honours of “Padma Shri” in the 2002 for his contribution to the field of radiology and imaging. He is currently the Chief Radiologist at Mahajan Imaging Pvt. Ltd., the company he founded, which has seven radiology and nuclear medicine centres in and around New Delhi.

Dr. Lotfi Merabet

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Merabet is also a member of the research faculty in the Vision Rehabilitation Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. His research uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to study adaptations to vision loss and blindness. Dr. Merabet received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Montreal, his O.D. from the New England College of Optometry, and also holds masters degrees in Clinical Investigation and Public Health. He continues to lecture and serve as an advisor within the local blind community and also serves on the Board of Directors at the Carroll Center for the Blind and National Braille Press. Dr. Merabet's main research interests include the development of assistive technology and much of this work is done in local collaboration with the Carroll Center and Perkins School for the Blind as well as internationally with the University of Chile and Milan.

Paula Rubio-Fernandez, Ph.D.

Paula Rubio-Fernandez studies how social cognition affects communication. She has studied the modulation of word meanings in context, figurative language interpretation, coordination in referential communication, and Theory of Mind in children and adults. Paula completed her PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge and then carried out a number of postdoctoral research projects at University College London, Princeton University and the University of Oslo, funded by the British Academy, the Marie Curie Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust and the Research Council of Norway. She is currently starting a new project that will study the communicative and socio-cognitive development of the Prakash children once they receive treatment and join a school program.  

Peter Bex, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Bex’s research explores the early detection, diagnosis and monitoring of visual impairment using behavioral and imaging techniques. He received his Ph.D. in Vision Science from Cardiff University in the U.K., which was followed by a postdoctoral research position at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Bex has also held faculty positions at the Institute of Ophthalmology in London and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Ph.D.

Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at M.I.T. Dr. Whitfield-Gabrieli is interested in how analyses of brain imaging data can shed light on the neural mechanisms subserving normal cognition and how disturbances of those mechanisms impair cognition in neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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