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Research

Drug Discovery, Delivery, Development, and Nanomedicine Bouvé researchers and students are exploring the complex world of medication, from concept to development to delivery. At the Bouvé Center for Drug Discovery, more than 60 scientists and students work at the cellular, molecular, genetic and epigenetic level to pioneer new ways to fight cancer, degenerative disease, addiction, and more.
Health Across the Lifespan Bouvé researchers and students are combining clinical expertise with emerging technologies to study and address health challenges across the spectrum of human development. An interdisciplinary approach permits our researchers to innovate and achieve improvements across physical, psychological, and cognitive domains.
Occupational and Environmental Health At Bouvé, researchers and students are using biomonitoring, social epidemiology, product design, and community research to create healthier environments in homes, workplaces, and communities around the world.
Public Health and Health Equity Equal access to healthcare is undoubtedly one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. Interdisciplinary teams of Bouvé faculty, students, and community partners have joined forces to improve racial, socioeconomic, and environmental justice in communities around the world.
Technology and Health In the new age of "precision medicine," Bouvé researchers and students are harnessing the power of big data, mobile applications, virtual reality, robotics, and advanced biosensing to improve health outcomes.
Systems Science and Health To meet the health challenges of the modern world, Bouvé researchers and students study how the complex systems in which we live overlap and affect one another. At Bouvé, teams of interdisciplinary researchers are pioneering big-picture approaches to how politics, culture, and technology interact in the health care realm.

Research from Cells to Society

Research lies at the heart of the Bouvé educational experience. The breadth of Bouvé research is extensive, encompassing study at the cellular level to the global systems that impact health across communities. Its position as the hub of renowned Northeastern engineering, business, law, and science institutions facilitates interdisciplinary research from discovery to implementation. Its extensive strategic partnerships and co-op network with the world’s leading health care systems and research centers in Boston and beyond advancing innovation and ground-breaking outcomes.

Students, as early as their first year, actively participate in the field, labs, and other clinical settings learning front row as discovery happens. Graduate students broaden and deepen their interests and experiences, preparing them for the professional rigors of their respective fields.

Groundbreaking brain stimulation machine promises new health insights

Northeastern received a prestigious major research instrumentation grant to acquire a new brain stimulation machine. Gene Tunik with brain stimulation machine READ MORE

Word Detectives Crack the Case of Child Literacy

A group of children between the ages of 7 and 11 years old are here as part of a month-long literacy camp called Word Detectives where they take reading comprehension classes and play games around Centennial Common. Child enjoying word games READ MORE

Should kids get a COVID-19 vaccination? Ask them.

Adolescents linger as the next frontier in vaccinating the U.S. population. Unlike with the adults, however, hesitancy about the vaccination takes on a different form: It’s not just up to the person whose arm experiences the needle to decide to get the shots. Virus Outbreak Vaccine Kids Illinois READ MORE

English learners in public school classrooms are often left behind. What can help them catch up?

English learners, who now make up one out of every 10 students, are the fastest-growing group in public school classrooms, Li says. But they often are left behind as many grapple with linguistic, cultural and economic hurdles that can derail their education and life-long potential, she says. English Learners NEU illustration READ MORE

Vaccinated? Don't toss the mask just yet.

Although the vaccines being administered offer hope, it’s not yet time to stop and celebrate, says Neil Maniar, associate chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern. “We’re not at the finish line yet.” maskaftervaxillustration-web-final READ MORE

What's happening in your brain when you're spacing out?

“We spend so much of our daily lives engaged in things that are completely unrelated to what’s in front of us,” says Aaron Kucyi, neuroscientist and principal research scientist in the department of psychology at Northeastern. “And we know very little about how it works in the brain.” Wandering Mind illustration READ MORE

How a clinical professor is tackling vaccine hesitancy, one shot at a time

As an immunization-certified pharmacist, Thomas M. Matta began vaccinating the public for COVID-19 as soon as he could. Now he’s taken his involvement a significant step further: the Northeastern professor helped set up a vaccination clinic in Dorchester this month serving at-risk patients. Thomas Matta Northeastern Bouve READ MORE

Vaccinated? It might be safe to see friends, but don't throw out that mask

Of the roughly 18 percent of people in the United States who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, many are wondering: What now? Can I safely see my grandparents? My unvaccinated friends? Should I still wear a mask? And how long does it take to develop full immunity? alison booth neu llustration READ MORE

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the vulnerability of people in nursing homes. But the real danger is loneliness.

But even before the pandemic, residents of long-term care facilities may have faced disproportionate isolation from their surrounding communities. Maryann Sternbach,Adam Sternbach Northeastern University READ MORE

When can we say that the pandemic is over?

For some, the concept evokes images of celebrations in the streets, hugging strangers, and a grand return to pre-pandemic concepts of normal for all. But, as we’re learning some 15 months later, there is not a sudden, clear “end date” to this traumatic pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 3.8 million people worldwide, and counting. pandemic and parties READ MORE

Headed to the Tokyo Olympics — To study athlete injuries

Alexandre Lopes, a clinical professor at Northeastern, will be in Tokyo as part of an international panel that will be gauging injuries during the Olympic Games. Alexandre Lopes, Professor at Northeastern University READ MORE

Meet the Research Administration Team

Susanne Feret

Susanne Feret

Executive Director of Research Administration

617-373-6815

327 Behrakis Health Sciences Center

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Susanne Feret first joined BCORe in February 2020 as Interim Association Director in connection with Huron consulting Group’s effort to evaluate and strengthen research support within the College. She started her permanent role as Executive Director of BCORe in July 2020. She has been instrumental in supporting a dramatic growth in the amount of proposals being submitted and has brought a deep knowledge and understanding of the research priorities for a health sciences college.

Susanne is an energetic, data-oriented, customer-focused and hands-on research administrator and team leader. She has experience in the development, operations, and growth of multi-disciplinary grants, sponsored research initiatives, and clinical trials from inception to implementation and management. Her experience includes working in higher education, academic medical centers, integrated healthcare systems, centralized sponsored programs office, departments, research centers of excellence, pharmaceutical industry, and non-profit association. She is also a Certified Research Administrator with experience working on Federal (e.g., NIH, NSF, DOD, VA, AHRQ, HRSA), State, Industry, Foundation, Corporate, Community, Pilot and Seed Grants.

Tessa Dinnie

PRE-AWARD TEAM

Tessa Dinnie

Grants Administrator

617-373-6892

327 Behrakis Health Sciences Center

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Tessa Dinnie joined BCORe in March 2021 is a Grants Administrator specializing in Pre-Award grant applications at Bouve College of Health Sciences. Prior to joining the Bouve community, Tessa worked as a Research Administrator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center managing pre and post award tasks. She enjoys collaborating with Principal Investigators to solve problems and put together robust applications for external sponsors like National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and foundations. She also enjoys working with Early Stage Investigators to secure funding for novel research ideas. Outside of work Tessa enjoys travelling, cooking, and watching bad reality TV.

Michelle Rose

PRE-AWARD-TEAM

Michelle Rose

Senior Grants Administrator

617-373-6804

327 Behrakis Health Sciences Center

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Michelle Rose joined BCORe in July 2021 as a Senior Grant Administrator specializing in Pre-Award grant submissions. Her previous position with Stony Brook University’s Office of Sponsored Programs encompassed both pre- and post-award grant administration. As a grant administrator Michelle has handled federal prime and subaward applications (incl. NIH, NSF, DOD, NASA, DOJ, DOE), as well as foundational grant proposals. Prior to grant administration, Michelle held a position under the Director of Biomedical Anthropology at Binghamton University, managing several grant submissions and negotiations. She comes to Northeastern with 4 years of professional Grant Administration, and eight years working with and through the grant process. She feels her years working as a graduate research assistant at the departmental level through the grant writing process provides a researcher perspective which has helped her to manage how best to serve the academic community while facilitating grant funded research. Michelle has a BA in Anthropology, MS in Biomedical Anthropology and an MA in Biological Anthropology.

George Balaconis

POST-AWARD TEAM

George Balaconis

Grants Manager

617-373-2047

327 Behrakis Health Sciences Center

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George Balaconis joined BCORe as a Grants Manager and has worked on the post-award side of the BCORe since joining the team full time back in August of 2018. Prior to his arrival he had held part-time positions in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department, School of Pharmacy, Biology department and in Research Finance (NU RES). These positions, which began in late 2012, gave him a full knowledge of the grants management systems at NU and the relationships forged have been invaluable.

A life-long Husky, George has a BS in Business administration from NU, focused in Finance and Accounting. His co-op job led to a long stint at Gordon & Co., a stock brokerage firm specializing in stock and options trading. His position as COO managed the trading, compliance, sales and research departments of the firm. He coaches high school softball on a volunteer basis in the springtime. Loves sports with special fondness for golf and competitive sailing.

Scott Breiding

POST-AWARD TEAM

Scott Breiding

Senior Grants Administrator

617-373-4183

327 Behrakis Health Sciences Center

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Scott Breiding joins BCORe as a Senior Grants Administrator, after having worked for over a decade in research administration. Scott began his career in research administration at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard having jumped head first into the busy period of applications and reporting related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He worked in that capacity for five years, supporting a myriad of scientific projects ranging from viral genomics to mammalian genetic sequencing. In 2013, Scott became a project manager for the Office of Academic Affairs at the Broad Institute. There he led efforts to provide support for the community of faculty, academic trainees, and staff scientists, planning career development programming and shepherding new initiatives. Following that, Scott returned to the Office of Sponsored Research to serve as an internal consultant where he developed a new process for subaward monitoring. He joined BCORe in July 2020 first as a Grants administrator (pre-award) and in March transferred to his current role as a Senior Grants Administrator (post-award and data management)

Scott is no stranger to the Northeastern community, having received a BA in History, a graduate certificate in project management, and Masters of Public Administration all from Northeastern University. He is very excited to now work at the institution where he’s spent his entire educational career. He currently lives in Somerville, MA where he is learning new ways to exercise indoors and writing a sci-fi novel.

Rosemary Roe

POST-AWARD TEAM

Rosemary Roe

Grants Administrator

617-373-6871

327 Behrakis Health Sciences Center

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Rosemary Roe joined BCORe in August 2021 as a Grants Administrator specializing in Post-Award Grants management. She recently served as a Grants Specialist overseeing pre and post award processes at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she managed a blended portfolio of federal and foundation funded projects (NIH/DoD/NASA). Rosemary also worked in the Office of Research Administration as a Sponsored Program Officer during her time at Ohio State. She enjoys assisting Principal Investigators in solving financial issues as well as collaborating with peers in order to successfully manage sponsor funds, while maintaining sponsor compliance. Rosemary earned a BS from Ohio University, and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Columbus State Community College.

Gene Tunik

OTHER RESEARCH SUPPORT

Gene Tunik

Associate Dean, Research and Innovation

617-373-2924

301 Robinson Hall

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Gene Tunik, PhD Rutgers University, is currently Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences and Associate Dean for Research; Motor control, motor learning, neurorehabilitation, brain reorganization, brain imaging, noninvasive brain stimulation.

Health Science Entrepreneur Program

Philippe Sommer - Entrepreneur in Residence, Bouvé College of Health Sciences Northeastern University

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Philippe Sommer acted as a Mentor and Angel investor to startups in the Charlottesville and Boston areas. Previously, he had been Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School, where he oversaw entrepreneurship programs, and managed broader educational efforts around innovation and entrepreneurship, including the Incubator and i.Lab. He was a founding partner of WestMed Venture Funds, publicly registered life-sciences venture-capital funds affiliated with CIBC/Oppenheimer, Inc…

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Laurie Bishop — Health Science Entrepreneurship

Laurie graduated from Northeastern University with a Mechanical Engineering degree and then earned an MBA from Babson College, focusing on Economics and Entrepreneurship. Laurie worked in Engineering, Project Management and Enterprise Sales at Verizon Communications. After leaving Verizon, she had key roles in startups, small businesses, and non-profits. Laurie comes to us from UMass Lowell, where she worked in New Venture Development on both workforce development projects and the NSF funded I-Corps program as a coordinator and a Mentor.

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