Curriculum Vitae

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Highlights:


• Multitalented generalist with an interdisciplinary background
• Significant contributor to several academic publications
• Discovered two novel visual illusions and developed theories for the underlying neurological and cognitive mechanisms responsible for them
• My work has been featured in major international media outlets
• Demonstrated experience developing solutions for complex problems and research questions


COMPUTER SKILLS
Programming Languages
• Python, R, MATLAB, HTML, CSS, SQL, some JavaScript


Programming Concepts
• Efficient algorithm design, efficient memory usage, data types and conversions, object-oriented design, GPU array computing, parallel processing, utilizing n-dimensional arrays, complex data queries, reading and writing data, web and screen scraping, UX design, data visualization, command Line, data visualization


Web Development Concepts
• AWS cloud storage, Google Analytics, Google Ads, Google Search Console, JSON schemas, website builders, RESTful API, remote computing (VPN, FTP, SSH, VNC)


Operating Systems
• Microsoft, Mac, and Linux


Commercial Software Skills
• Adobe CC Suite: Acrobat DC, Audition, Dimension, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier; Microsoft Office Suite


RESEARCH & ANALYSIS SKILLS


General Research Skills
• Academic literature reviews, writing and publishing peer-reviewed articles, statistical literacy, data collection, IRB requests and reviews process, management and payment of participants, task automation via macros, batching and schedulers; working with massive spreadsheets and databases
General Analysis Skills


• scientific programming; quantitative, text, image, and audio data analysis; visualization; digital signal processing, time series analysis, statistics, machine learning, neural nets, and artificial intelligence (novice); supercomputing cluster experience, Monte-Carlo simulations


EDUCATION
• Union College, Schenectady, NY
• September 2011 - June 2015
• Major: Neuroscience
• Minor: Philosophy


PUBLICATIONS


Karlovich MW, Wallisch P. Scintillating Starbursts: Concentric Star Polygons Induce Illusory Ray Patterns. (2021). i-Perception. doi:10.1177/20416695211018720


Wallisch, P., Mackey, W., Karlovich, M., & Heeger, D. J., (2021). The Visible Gorilla: Fast-Moving Objects Override Endogenous Attention. arXiv preprint arXiv:1908.05736.
Preprint above. Revision currently in peer-review


Cihan, E., Devinsky, O., Hesdorffer, D.C., Brandsoy, M., Li, L., Fowler, D.R., Graham, J.K., Karlovich, M.W., Yang, J.E., Keller, A.E. and Donner, E.J. & Friedman, D., (2020). Temporal trends and autopsy findings of SUDEP based on medico-legal investigations in the United States. Neurology, 95(7), e867-e877.
Cihan, E., Hesdorffer, D.C., Brandsoy, M., Li, L., Fowler, D.R., Graham, J.K., Karlovich, M., Donner, E.J., Devinsky, O. & Friedman, D., (2020). Socioeconomic disparities in SUDEP in the US. Neurology 94, no. 24 (2020): e2555-e2566.


Wallisch, P. & Karlovich, M., (2019). Disagreeing about Crocs and socks: Creating profoundly ambiguous color displays. arXiv preprint arXiv:1908.05736
Preprint above. Revision accepted by Frontiers Psychology.


Tolete, P., Knupp, K., Karlovich, M., DeCarlo, E., Bluvstein, J., Conway, E., Friedman, D., Dugan, P. & Devinsky, O., (2018). Lorcaserin therapy for severe epilepsy of childhood onset: A case series. Neurology, 91(18), 837-839.


CURRENT EMPLOYMENT


Lead Software Developer and Designer Recursia, LLC
Website: https://recursia.shop
• Develop product design technology
• Conceive and bring products to market
• Engineer and develop automation software to streamline company operations
• Conduct data analyses


Research Assistant, EEG Lab, The Nonduality Institute
Lake Hill, NY, May 2018 - Present
Supervisor: Zoran Josipovic, Ph.D.
• Conducting neurophysiological experiments on cognition and meditation
• Assists with EEG setup and recording, technical problem solving /troubleshooting, and literature review
• Lead software developer; building custom pipelines and apps for working with EEG and ECoG data


RELEVANT PAST EMPLOYMENT
Note: The following three experiences represent one full-time position with NYU which
entailed coordinating research for three projects between two collaborating labs
Clinical Research Coordinator, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center


Dept. of Neurology, NYU Langone, NYC, NY
Jun. 2017 - May 2018
Supervisor: Orrin Devinsky, M.D.

michaelwkarlovich@gmail.com
• Performed data entry and assisted in managing clinical trials involving cannabinol (CBD) and other novel interventions for epilepsy
• Co-author of an article published in Neurology®; responsible for data analysis, producing figures, reporting results, and drafting and editing of the manuscript


Clinical Research Coordinator, Cognition and Epilepsy Lab,
Dept. of Neurology U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, NYC, NY
Oct. 2017 - May 2018
Supervisor: Beth Leeman-Markowski, M.D.
• Investigated cognitive decline and neurodegeneration in patients with epilepsy using EEG, eye-tracking, and cognitive data
• Performed subject recruitment, subject payment, data collection, data entry, data analysis, and technical problem-solving
Clinical Research Coordinator, SUDC Registry


Dept. of Neurology, NYU Langone, NYC, NY
Jun. 2017 - Sep. 2017
Supervisor: Orrin Devinsky, M.D.
• Performed data entry, organization, and analysis of the largest known database of death records and autopsy reports of Sudden Unexplained Death In Children (SUDC) for the “Sudden Unexplained Death In Children Registry and Research Collaborative”


NOTEWORTHY COLLABORATIONS & INTERNSHIPS


Researcher and Artist, Recursia® LLC, NYC, NY
Mar. 2019 - May 2021
Collaborated with NYU neuroscience professor Pascal Wallisch, Ph.D.
• Discovered and investigated the principles of “Scintillating Starbursts,” a novel class of visual illusion
• First-author of a peer-reviewed article published in the journal, i-Perception
• My article is currently in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric, the leader in measuring the quality and quantity of online attention of academic publications
• Finalist in the 2020 International Illusion of the Year contest hosted by the Neural Correlate Society


Researcher and Artist, Recursia® LLC, NYC, NY
June 2019 - Aug. 2019
Collaborated with NYU neuroscience professor Pascal Wallisch, Ph.D.
• Researched the cognitive influences of perceptual disagreements among people
• Co-creator of the first purposely-created ambiguous color illusions; co-responsible for stimulus creation, experiment design, programming analyses, and drafting and editing of the manuscript (in peer-review; preprint available)
• Featured in popular media outlets – see last page of CV for media features


Collaborating Researcher & Data Analyst, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Dept. of Neurology, NYU Langone, NYC, NY, Dec. 2018 - Mar. 2019
Collaborated with Esma Cihan, M.D.
• Programmed analyses, custom simulations, and reported results for epidemiological data involving Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)
• Contributed to two published articles, one of which was chosen as the featured research for the cover of the June 2020 volume of the Neurology® – the most widely read and highly cited peer-reviewed neurology journal


Research Intern, Fox Lab, Center for Neural Science, NYU
NYC, NY: June 2015 - Mar. 2019
Supervisor: Pascal Wallisch Ph.D.
• Extended the work of my senior undergraduate thesis on the principles of capturing visual attention
• Responsible for subject payment and outreach; data collection and preprocessing; assisted with experiment design, data analysis, and the drafting and editing of the manuscript (in peer-review; preprint available)


Research Intern, Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab
Dept. of Neurology, NYU Langone, NYC, NY
May 2016 - Jun. 2017
Supervisor: Lucia Melloni, Ph.D.
• Investigated neural correlates of visual consciousness via behavioral data and intracranial brain recordings of patients exhibiting the rare condition, “blindsight”
• Managed and expanded custom neural data analysis pipeline


PRESENTATIONS


The Roots of Disagreement - Think & Drink, “Subject” Bar
188 Folk St. NYC, NY: Nov. 5th, 2019


Lorcaserin Therapy for Severe Epilepsy of Childhood Onset: A Case Series
NYU Langone Health Neurology Symposium, Tisch Hospital, NYC, NY May 2018


Mindfulness: Relationship Between Self-Report And Endogenous and Exogenous Resource Regulation
Steinmetz Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY: May 2015


SELECT MEDIA FEATURES
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