Trainee Spotlight

Every two weeks we'll feature one of our lab members, focusing on a snapshot of their lives outside of lab. For more info on their work within the lab, check out the People tab above!

This Week's Spotlight

Lindsay Hanford, Research Associate


What is one project you’re excited about that you are working on in the lab right now?

With all the great projects going on in the lab, how can one choose!? Currently, my focus is on the STAR study – the Study of Adolescents in Realtime. What excites me about this project is the ability to track individuals so closely, and to watch development and the impact of stressful life events unfold in real time. None of this would be possible without building good rapport with our participants, and ensuring good quality data collection. I owe my gratitude to the incredible STAR team! 

What brought you to work here?

I am an anatomist at heart. Throughout my research career, I have used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to better understand brain structure and function. I get really excited seeing biological, physiological, or psychological change that can be associated with change in brain structure or function. I am here to better understand and define these relationships. In addition, the STAR study is giving me an opportunity to help set standards and teach imaging methods and analytical techniques to the next generation of neuroimagers!

What is something that you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love the great outdoors! I took up hiking last year, I would highly recommend the white mountains (~2.5 hours from Boston).

If you could be anything (outside from your current field) what would it be?

Professional traveler? I love exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing culture!

Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what?

Want someone to talk to? I’m a good listener. Everyone has a story and I would love to hear yours!