Sara Romanella, PhD

Position: Research Fellow
Categories: Research Fellow

Dr. Romanella is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Precision Neuroscience & Neuromodulation Program (PNN) and at the Network Control Laboratory at the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She holds a Clinical Psychology degree and a PhD in Neuroscience. Her work explores new potential approaches of personalized, network-based Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) techniques as therapeutic treatment in a wide range of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Dr. Romanella combines NIBS with multimodal neuroimaging (e.g. MRI, fMRI, DTI) and electrophysiology (e.g. EEG, ERP) methods to investigate cortical plasticity, connectome rewiring, resilience, cognitive rehabilitation, and healthy brain aging. She has been extensively worked with biophysical modeling as a tool to provide a more efficient and individually-tailored NIBS stimulation and treatment. Her interest also lies in the importance of sleep and sleep manipulation induced by NIBS, as well as placebo effect. Over the last few years, Dr. Romanella’s work included studies on space physiology to identify and develop potential countermeasures to promote brain health and cognitive performance during space exploration (e.g. spaceflights to Mars).