Lefort-Besnard Jeremy, PhD


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Statistical learning | neuroimaging | psychiatry | reproducibility

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After studying psychology at the university of Tours (France) and Bucknell (USA), I pursued a PhD in computational neuroscience supervised by Danilo Bzdok (McGill, Canada) and Danielle Basset (UPENN, USA). I received intensive training in machine learning and brain imaging working in collaboration with Gaël Varoquaux (INRIA, Paris, France) and Simon Eickhoff (Düsseldorf, Germany). Being supervised by academics from very different fields (medicine, computer science, and physics) really made clear that I have a deep interest for combination of rigorous methodology and innovating approach to investigate psychopathology. Next, during postdocs at Chi-Chun Lee's BIIC lab in Taiwan and at Inserm Comete laboratory team of Leslie Decker in France, I focused on leveraging statistical learning to predict transition to Alzheimer's disease using MRI. Following the reproducibility crisis, I recently made an important focus-change and joined Inria Empenn to work as postdoc on neuroimaging reproducibility with Camille Maumet and Thomas Nichols.

Academic positions

Since 2023 Postdoctoral researcher · Inria lab, Empenn, Rennes
2021-2022 Postdoctoral researcher · COMETE lab, Caen
2019-2020 Postdoctoral researcher · BIIC lab, NTHU, Taiwan 🇹🇼


2015-2019 Ph.D in computational neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) · RWTH university, Aachen, Germany 🇩🇪
[RWTH library publication] [PDF]
2013-2015 Master "Neurosciences, Cognition and Psychology" (with honors) · University of Tours
+ Psychologist title, supervision by the Master "Child psychology" · University of Tours
2010-2013 Bachelor in Psychology (with honors) · University of Tours
+ 3rd year · Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA 🇺🇸