NeuroTechnology Studio Staff

The NeuroTechnology Studio’s dedicated staff work with investigators to optimize the imaging technologies being used in their experiments, ensure the quality of emerging data, and help with data interpretation. They also will maintain the equipment, handle upgrades, contribute to or lead equipment-based grant applications and develop new techniques.

Lai Ding, Ph.D.

Senior Imaging Scientist

Office: 617-264-5946

Cell: 781-901-6116


Lai Ding is the Senior Imaging Scientist at the NeuroTechnology Studio and the first member of its team of scientists.


Previously, Dr. Ding served for ten years as manager of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center’s Enhanced Neuroimaging Core, providing comprehensive optical imaging service and technical expertise to research groups across the Harvard Longwood community with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases.


Dr. Ding received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from University of Science and Technology of China in 1998 and his PhD in Biophysics from Rice University in 2004.  Ding’s doctoral research investigated bacterial membrane structure and its interaction with peptides using various indirect imaging methodologies, including X-ray diffraction and neutron scattering. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Ding managed the Tufts Center for Neuroscience imaging facility for two years before joining the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center. Dr. Ding also has served as instructor for two imaging courses at the Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School between 2010 – 2017.

Xianjun Dong, Ph.D

Director, Genomics and Bioinformatics Hub

Office: 857-307-5423


Xianjun Dong is the director of the newly established Genomics and Bioinformatics Hub, which will provide bioinformatics support to the BWH neuroscience research community. Dr Dong is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at BWH and Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Precision Neurology Program at BWH. Biography

Aaron Brown

Administrative Assistant

Office: 617-525-5330


Aaron Brown is the Administrative Assistant for the Brigham and Women’s (BWH) Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (PIN). Aaron Provides support for all aspects of the PIN mission.


Prior to joining BWH, Aaron spent five years providing technical assistance as an ABO certified Optician Apprentice. During this time, he developed a passion for community outreach, serving as the Social Engagement Lead in his store.


Aaron Graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, via TUFTS University, with a BFA in 2014. As a multidisciplinary artist, he is not bound to any specific medium, but enjoys printmaking and sound design. Outside of BWH, Aaron is currently composing music for DUKE University’s MFA Dance program.

Charles Jennings, Ph.D

Executive Director


Charles Jennings is the Executive Director of the Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, which oversees the NeuroTechnology Studio.  He joined BWH in 2017.  Biography

Other Staff Contacts


The NeuroTechnology Studio also partners with other core facilities and laboratories, including the following:


Single Cell Genomics Core:   Adam Chicoine, Core Manager


FACS AnalyzerRajesh Krishnan, Flow Cytometry Core Manager


Laboratory for Drug Discovery in NeuroscienceKevin Hodgetts, Ph.D., Director


Moffitt Lab, Boston Children’s Hospital:  Paolo Cadinu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow and MERFISH project lead


Genomics and Bioinformatics HubXianjun Dong, Ph.D., Director