Harvard University
(2017-Present) PhD candidate in Psychology


Case Western Reserve University
(2011-2015) BS in Biology, BA in Cognitive Science, Minor in Chemistry
Summa cum laude
Semester abroad at University College London Division of Biosciences




Cognitive and Neural Organization Lab, Harvard University
(2017-Present) PhD Student; Advisor: Talia Konkle


Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health
(2015-2017) Postbaccalaureate IRTA; Advisor: Chris Baker


Biomedical Engineering Department, The Cleveland Clinic
(2012-2015) Research Student; Advisor: Ela Plow




Potter-Baker, KA, Janini, DP, Lin, YL, Sankarasubramanian, V, Cunningham, DA, Varnerin, NM,... & Plow, EB (2017). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) Paired with massed practice training to promote adaptive plasticity and motor recovery in chronic incomplete tetraplegia: a pilot study. The journal of spinal cord medicine, 1-15.

Cunningham DA*, Janini D*, Wyant A, Bonnett C, Varnerin N, Sankarasubramanian V, Potter-Baker KA, Roelle S, Wang X, Siemionow V, Yue GH, Plow EB. (2016) Post-exercise depression following submaximal and maximal isometric voluntary contraction. Neuroscience, 326, 95-104. *co-first authorship

Potter-Baker KA, Janini DP, Frost FS, Chabra P, Varnerin N, Cunningham DA, Sankarasubramanian V, Plow EB. (2016). Reliability of TMS metrics in patients with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 54, 980-990

Sankarasubramanian V, Roelle S, Bonnett C, Janini D, Varnerin N, Cunningham DA, Sharma JS, Potter-Baker KA, Wang X, Yue GH, Plow EB. (2015). Reproducibility of transcranial magnetic stimulation metrics in the study of proximal upper limb muscles. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 25, 754-64

Cunningham DA, Varnerin N, Machado A, Bonnett C, Janini D, Roelle S, Potter-Baker K, Sankarasubramanian V, Wang X, Yue G, Plow EB. (2015). Stimulation targeting higher motor areas in stroke rehabilitation: A proof-of-concept, randomized, double-blinded placebo-controlled study of effectiveness and underlying mechanisms. Restorative neurology and neuroscience, 33, 911-26

Cunningham DA, Machado A, Janini D, Varnerin N, Bonnett C, Yue G, Jones S, Lowe M, Beall E, Sakaie K, Plow EB. (2015) Assessment of Inter-Hemispheric Imbalance using Imaging and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation in Patients with Chronic Stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 96, S94-103

Plow EB, Varnerin N, Cunningham DA, Janini D, Bonnett C, Wyant A, Hou J, Siemionow V, Wang XF, Machado AG, Yue GH. (2014) Age-related weakness of a proximal muscle studied with motor cortical mapping: a TMS study. PLoS ONE, 9, e89371


Conference Posters


Janini D, Konkle T (2018). General shape features allow for categorization of written symbols across font variation. Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, Philadelphia, PA.

Janini D, Konkle T (2018). Crossmodal correspondences between pitch, retinal size, and real-world size. International Multisensory Research Forum, Toronto, Canada.

Janini D*, Bankson BB*, Baker CI (2018). Representational dynamics of number processing in symbolic and non-symbolic formats. Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL.
*co-first authorship

Silson EH, Reynolds RC, Janini D, Baker CI, Kravitz DJ (2018). Population receptive fields in high-level visual cortex are tuned for specific categories. Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Silson EH, Reynolds RC, Janini D, Baker CI, Kravitz DJ (2017). Foveal, elliptical and horizontal - Population receptive fields in the visual word form area are tuned optimally for word reading. Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC.

Janini D, Baker CI (2017). Decoding of individual numbers and letters in overlapping regions of ventral
visual cortex. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Vancouver, Canada.

Janini D, Baker CI (2017). Representations of individual numbers and letters in ventral visual cortex.
Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Janini D, Baker CI (2016). Examining the segregation of number, letter, and word form selectivity in
human ventral visual cortex. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.


Fellowships, Awards, and Honors


National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
(2018) Offered award - Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
(2017) Honorable Mention
(2018) Honorable Mention

National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award
(2015-2017) Paid research position for recent college graduates

Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society