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Nathalia Bianchini Esper, PhD
Neuroimaging Data Analyst, Center for the Developing Brain
Child Mind Institute

Nathalia Bianchini Esper, PhD, is a Neuroimaging Data Analyst at the Child Mind Institute’s  Center for the Developing Brain. Her responsibilities include organizing and processing incoming data from several neuroimaging sites, assuring the quality and completeness of neuroimaging data, managing and improving neuroimaging pipelines, preparing data for open sharing efforts, and assisting with statistical analysis of imaging data and preparation for publication.

Dr. Esper’s research is focused on neuroimaging studies. She has extensive experience working in a research institute, conducting functional and structural MRI studies. During her academic career, Dr. Esper focused on developing novel fMRI processing methods. Dr. Esper completed her doctoral degree in neuroscience at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Her dissertation focused on the structural MRI and functional connectivity in infants with congenital microcephaly associated with Zika virus infection.

Prior to joining the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Esper worked at Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, supporting researchers in the day-to-day operations of fMRI, fNIRS, and TMS projects and maintaining the neuroinformatics infrastructure of the institute. Her work there generated a wide collaboration network, leading Dr. Esper to study microcephaly caused by Zika virus, dyslexia, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, crack cocaine addiction, excessive use of social media, and the brain effects on children in violent environments.


  • BS, Computer Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • PhD, Neuroscience, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil