MCSS 2021

First Ever




On behalf of the Women in Science (WiS) and the Martinos Center Summer Internship (MCSI), we would like to thank you all for participating in the first annual Martinos Center Summer Symposium which took place August 13th, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The symposium hosted two keynote talks, lightning talks, MCSI intern poster presentations and a poster presentation session for all trainees at the Center.

With this symposium, WiS aims to showcase the center’s diverse, cutting-edge research. We encouraged researchers who identify as underrepresented in STEM to apply and share their work. We also hope that through this event we fostered a sense of community during this COVID-19 era.



10:00am – 11:35am: Plenary Session 

Moderator: Dr Edmarie Guzman-Velez & Dr Caroline Magnain

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am: Pr. Bruce Rosen, Martinos Center keynote speaker (Replay)
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am: Dr. Susie Huang, Women in Science keynote speaker (Replay)


  • 11:05 am – 11:35 am: 3 lightning talks presented by WiS members
    • Erendira Garcia Pallares, research technician in the Laboratories for Computational Neuroimaging, “Ex vivo imaging and analysis of the human brain”
    • Katharina Hoebel, graduate student in the Quantitative Translational Imaging in Medicine Lab, “Give me (un)certainty – Segmentation uncertainty in medical image analysis”
    • Dr. Mary Catanese, postdoctoral fellow in the Hooker Research Group, “Investigating neuroepigenetic signatures in Multiple sclerosis using [11C]Martinostat”



11:45am – 1:15pm: Poster Session
11:45am – 12:15pm: High school poster session (zoom link)


12:15pm – 1:15pm: Other Martinos Trainees poster session (zoom link)

Here is the list of the posters that are only available on the PDF that we send you if you register to the event.



1:45pm – 2:00pm: Poster winners announcement & closing remarks 

Moderator: Dr Divya Varadarajan & Dr Cecilia Hinojosa

You can find the presentation here: ConcludingRemarks

Here is the list of the winners:

  • High School award: Chigozirim (ChiChi) Ifebi, “Using Deep Learning to Detect Pneumonia in Chest Radiographs for COVID-19.”
  • RA/RT/CRC/Undergrad Award: Mary A Hamel, “Fine motor weaknesses in children with PANDAS”
  • Post-doc/Grad/Med Award: Lucia I. Navarro de Lara, “The “RF-EEG Cap”: a technological solution for high sensitivity whole-head concurrent TMS/EEG/fMRI experiments at 3T”