Julian “Bene” Ramirez, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. His research focuses on using fMRI to characterize dynamic signatures of the functional connectome across states in Non-Human Primates (NHPs). He also expands the NHP pipelines and approaches in early brain development data and aims to understand the anatomical and functional changes in the brain over time. The goal of his work is to utilize the NHP model to delineate the functional configurations of the brain to help translate these insights to the human population.
Dr. Ramirez has a background in rodent, NHP and human neuroimaging research. His dissertation work at the Oregon Health & Science University focused on investigating aspects of the maternal environment during pregnancy, such as inflammation and diet, and how these related to structural and functional brain development in a macaque model. While getting his doctorate, he was highly involved in establishing the NHP image-processing pipeline in the Dr. Damien Fair lab. Before joining the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Ramirez also conducted collaborative work with Dr. Ting Xu and Dr. Michael Milham to better understand the inter-individual variation in functional areal organizations of the cortex. This background has helped Dr. Ramirez contribute to the cutting-edge translational developmental research that goes on at the Center for the Developing Brain.
- PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University.
- BA, Biological Psychology, Bates College.