Matthew Hey

Mentor: Dr. Thomas Mareci
College of Medicine
"The summer before my freshman year of college I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Europe. When I was in London I went to the Science Museum where I first was introduced to the Human Connectome Project and the beauty of a brain represented by Tractography. I was thrilled when Dr. Mareci came to my Science for Life life class that I took my freshman fall semester and showed the work he and his lab group was doing in brain connectomes and Tractography. From that point on I knew that I wanted to get involved in this area of research and I made it my goal to impact this field in whatever way I could."


Applied Physiology and Kinesiology


Disabilities in Society

Research Interests

  • Brain Connectomes
  • Luekoaraiosis
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Academic Awards

  • Full Bright Futures Scholarship 2014
  • Golden Key Honors Society 2015
  • University of Florida President's List 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • Dance Marathon
  • Kanakuk Kamps Campus Representative


  • TOPsoccer
  • Shands
  • Youth Combine

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Wakeboarding
  • Surgery
  • Cryptology

Research Description

Thresholding to Improve the Specificity of High Spatial and Angular Resolution In Vivo Diffusion-Weighted Tractography to Estimate Brain Stem Connectivity
My project aims to segment out and define known regions of the brain stem that have never before been segmented at this low of a resolution in MRI. My project incorporates thresholding to limit the amount of false positives from our data set when we perform Tractography. By accurately defining these regions, I hope to provide an atlas that can be used when these areas need to be drawn as specific regions of interests (ROIs) and incorporated into other studies.