Robert Hermosillo, PhD

Summary of Current Research

I received my B.S. in Human Physiology and a M.S. in Neurophysiology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and a Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in Canada. I also held a postdoctoral fellowship in Speech and Hearing Sciences, investigating speech motor disorders at the University of Washington in Seattle. I’m currently a recipient of the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity Inclusion in Research Award (OFDIR).  Our ability to diagnose psychiatric disorders is limited by our ability to observe behaviors during clinical evaluation, however clinical heterogeneity and the imprecise nature of diagnosis represent fundamentally confounding factors limiting a better understanding of their etiology, prevention, and treatment. My research aim is to be able to discriminate between developmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and potential sub types based on brain function.  I use a combination of machine learning algorithms, genetics, and state-of-the-art neuroimagining techniques to look at brain networks and classify neuropsychiatric disorders.

Lucille A. Moore, PhD

Summary of Current Research

I joined the lab in early 2019 as a fellow with ORCCAMIND (Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders) after receiving my PhD in neuroscience at the Vollum Institute at OHSU. During my PhD I used in vitro electrophysiology to elucidate auditory brainstem microcircuits in a mouse model. I have since shifted towards data science and clinical research with the goal of making more immediate impact on both human health and the system of academic research. As such, my research program in the DCAN Lab explores the potential for mindfulness-based intervention adapted for pregnant women to alter developing fetal brain systems via reduced stress in the mother. My role in this project is to (1) develop the processing and analytic pipelines necessary for efficient and novel analysis of infant brain imaging and (2) analyze affected maternal and infant brain systems in tandem.

Outside of lab, I am passionate about creating a more equitable scientific and global community and deconstructing power dynamics created by ownership of information. To this end, I work as an open science advocate to promote open practices in research. I am also dedicated to making science and society more racially equitable. I therefore serve as a data coordinator for the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science to promote recruitment, retention, and support of graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in graduate programs at OHSU.