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Sara Saperstein

  • Graduate Student
  • Boston University
  • 1PublicationsNumber of items in Sara's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 24Followers

Research interests

NeuroimagingNeurodevelopmental disordersAttentionADHDSpeech and language systemsNeuroinformaticsTheoretical NeuroscienceQuantitiative NeuroscienceComputational NeuroscienceComplex brain networks


Sara Saperstein is a fifth-year student in Computational Neuroscience at Boston University. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she studied the neural encoding of taste perception and wrote a thesis on synaptic neurophysiology. After working as a research assistant at Oregon Health and Science University in biomedical engineering, she came to Boston University to study computational neuroscience in the department of Cognitive and Neural Systems. She is now a member of the Quantitative Neuroscience Laboratory headed by Professor Jason Bohland. Sara, Professor Bohland, and collaborators at Siemens Corporation previously used machine learning and graph theoretic tools to use resting-state fMRI as a basis for diagnosing ADHD in children. Currently, Sara is exploring the role of the default mode network and other resting-state networks in attentional processes and set switching between rest and auditory and/or visual attention tasks with her advisor Professor Bohland in collaboration with Professor Robert Sekuler at Brandeis University.

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  • Network, anatomical, and non-imaging measures for the prediction of ADHD diagnosis in individual subjects.

    • Bohland J
    • Saperstein S
    • Pereira F
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Graduate Student

Boston University

September 2009 - Present

Research Assistant 2

OHSU - Oregon Health Science University

June 2005 - August 2009(4 years)

Education history

Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience -- in progress

Boston University

September 2009 - June 2014(5 years)

B.A. in Biology

Reed College

August 2000 - May 2005(5 years)