John Flournoy, Research Scientist
What is one project you’re excited about that you are working on in the lab right now?
I'm really excited about a project being lead by Nessa Bryce (a PhD student in the lab) that uses individualized resting state network parcellations to enhance our ability to uncover how stress and psychopathology affect and are affected by the brain. It brings some really cutting-edge, data-driven methods to bear on a very clinically important topic, which, for me, is the sweet spot when doing science.
What is something that you enjoy doing outside of work?
I really love bicycle touring and biking in general. My proudest accomplishment so far has been biking around nearly the entire island of Hawai'i, where my partner and I got to sleep in a Buddhist monastery and a VW bus (two different places), and where we learned how to hitchhike to beaches that were down roads too steep to bike. More relaxed adventures have included a tour of Belgium and another of the Netherlands. It feels very freeing to be able to traverse such large distances under one's own power. This same impulse has also gotten me to start learning to sail.
If you could be anything (outside from your current field) what would it be?
My professional passions have always had two sides, and at some point science dominated my interests. But before that, I did a good deal of photography work, and a bit of documentary film production assistance. I would most definitely try to make a career out of documentary film-making if I had to choose to do something else.