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Working with our talented team

During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to work with our talented team of scientists, physicians, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical research coordinators. It is our hope that you will be as excited as we are to make a difference. We are confident that this experience will be informative, educational, and enriching to your academic profile. You will be exposed to the most cutting-edge imaging technology in fetal diagnosis.

Kiara Crawford

In this research study we plan to leverage our large fetal normative database to compare in-utero fetal and ex-utero preterm cerebellar growth trajectories. These findings will inform specific targets, interventions and timing of future neuroprotective strategies, advance clinical practices, and improve neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Amarie, an infant born prematurely, is enrolled in a Children’s research study that seeks to understand how preterm birth affects the cerebellum, a brain region responsible for motor coordination and that also may play a role in attention and language.

Kiara Crawford and her mother, Michelle Dallas, explain why they decided to enroll Amarie in a research study at Children’s National. This research study seeks to understand how preterm birth affects the cerebellum, a brain region responsible for motor coordination and that also may play a role in attention and language.

Aishwarrya Jayapal

Hello everyone! My name is Aishwarrya Jayapal, a former intern at the Developing Brain Institute. I've been researching and volunteering at this lab for a total of 1.5 years and I can honestly say that this experience not only has shaped my professional life, but it has given me the maturity, work ethic, and sense of perseverance that I'm proud of today. Watch this video to learn more about my unique experiences and how you can also utilize the incredible resources at this lab to learn and grow!



Agnieszka Kosiorek

Agnieszka Kosiorek is final-year medical student at Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, originally from Warsaw, Poland, currently on radiology rotation at Cantonal Hospital Aarau in Switzerland. Living as an international medical student in five different countries gave her a better understanding of different cultures and increased her awareness of need for medical advances, especially those with an aim of moving focus from damage control to early diagnosis, enabling to anticipate and control the outcome.


Her medical background and passion for diagnostic imaging granted her a unique opportunity to research in the Developing Brain Institute at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., USA., directed by Catherine Limperopoulos, PhD and to start her dissertation on “Pre- and postoperative Brain MRI Findings and Their Relationship to Neurodevelopment in Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease”, with Can Yerebakan, MD and Roland Axt-Fliedner, MD, PhD as her mentors. After obtaining the National Medical License, she hopes to pursue her passion by commencing a radiology residency program.