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Navona Calarco

I am a PhD student in Medical Biophysics, in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. I am advised by Dr. Kâmil Uludağ in the BRAIN-TO (Brain Research in Advanced Imaging and Neuromodeling – Toronto) Lab, based in the Krembil Brain Institute at Toronto Western Hospital. My research combines multiple imaging approaches, including 7-Tesla MRI, to illuminate the structure and function of the human claustrum.   

I completed an MSc in Medical Science, also at the University of Toronto, in 2021. My research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health applied advanced imaging and statistical approaches to investigate neural markers of psychiatric illness. With Dr. Aristotle Voineskos (Translational Imaging-Genetics Lab), I explored associations between white matter and cognition in schizophrenia, and with Dr. Yuliya Nikolova (Neurobiology of Depression & Aging Lab) I examined neuromelanin in late-life depression.

I enjoy teaching, especially statistics and coding, as a Teaching Assistant and Course Instructor at the University of Toronto, and as a volunteer with a number of community organizations.

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