Research Assistants

Eric Earl

Summary of Current Research

I am a Research Associate in the DCAN Lab.  I lead the computing team with the goals of developing new software to simplify image processing and analysis as well as supporting the wide variety of our software already in use.  I am also a co-developer of the Framewise Integrated Real-time MRI Monitoring software (FIRMM) at http://nousimaging.com/ and https://www.nitrc.org/projects/firmm.  I completed my BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Portland in 2006 and studied Computer Science, Statistics, and Systems Science at Portland State University from 2009 to 2016.  I developed my love for research in two different OHSU departments (Biomedical Engineering 2006-2009 and the Advanced Imaging Research Center 2009-2012) prior to settling down in the DCAN Lab in April of 2013.


Nadia Busekrus

Summary of Current Research

I am an administrative assistant to Dr. Damien Fair. I work remotely from Portland, OR where I also work part-time on the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research program at Oregon Health & Science University that was founded by Dr. Fair.


Anders Perrone

Summary of Current Research

I joined DCAN Lab in 2016 as a Research Assistant on the computing team. I am a system administrator and provide general IT support to the lab. My main focus is automation of image processing and analysis. I graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics and am now a Masters student in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering program here at OHSU. I am primarily interested in studying how Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence can be used to quantitatively diagnose neuropsychiatric disorders from fMRI images. Outside of work you can find me playing pick-up soccer all over Portland or enjoying live music.


Greg Conan

Summary of Current Research

I graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Science from George Fox University in 2019. I write scripts in Python and other languages to process and analyze neuroimaging data for the DCAN Lab, and have assisted with a variety of projects. I aim to produce clear, user-friendly, and standardized code for neuroimaging research. My academic interests also include bioethics; in August 2019, I published an essay in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Find me on Twitter: @gregoryconan


Thomas Madison

Summary of Current Research

I joined the DCAN Lab in early 2019 as a volunteer with the rodent models team.  In my current work I assist with data acquisition, processing, and general project management for the lab’s rodent studies.  I’m interested in how our lab can integrate rs-fcMRI with other neuroimaging modalities to model brain development in both animals and humans.  I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Portland State University.


Kristina Hufnagle

Summary of Current Research

After graduating from University of Minnesota Rochester with a B.S. in Health Sciences, I served one year with Minnesota Reading Corps. I then joined the DCAN Lab in 2020 as a Research Assistant. I’m currently working on a study that uses fMRI techniques to learn more about pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. My goal is to provide more equitable and accessible resources and clinical interventions to families based on our current research. I am passionate about working with children and young adults of all abilities and inspiring young minds in the process. I’m undecided on which graduate programs I would like to pursue in the future, but I know that I will always be called to work with medically complex kids and their families.


Audrey Houghton

Summary of Current Research

I am a Research Professional at the DCAN Lab. I am managing the neuroimaging data processing and storage for large-scale datasets like HCP-D, ABCD, and UK Biobank. I joined the lab in January 2021. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Physics and a minor in Mathematics.


Paul Reiners

Summary of Current Research

I joined DCAN Lab in 2020 as a Research Professional on the computing team. I have experience in computer programming, machine learning, and deep learning.  I have an M.S. in Applied Mathematics-Theory of Computation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University.  Outside of work I enjoy practicing the piano.