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Investigators



Andrea Bozoki

MD, State University of New York, 1993
Associate Professor of Neurology
517-882-2482
andrea.bozoki@ht.msu.edu
Research Interests:
Structural and functional changes with brain imaging of memory deficits that occur during the transition from normal aging to Alzheimer's disease. Clinical trials of novel pharmacologic compounds for the treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Non-pharmacologic strategies for improvement of cognition in aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Imaging genomics/proteomics of dementia.
On-going Imaging Projects:
Multi-modal MRI and PET imaging of individuals with cognitive impairment and early dementia. FLAIR and volumetric MRI changes during treatment of AD patients with a novel anti-amyloid compound (Janssen AI/Pfizer study). Evaluation of flutametamol PET imaging for predicting conversion of MCI to AD (GE study). Correlation of amyloid binding by flutatematamol PET with pathologic verification of amyloid load (GE study).



Jan Brascamp

Ph.D., Neurobiology, 2008
Assistant Professor of Psychology
brascamp@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Visual perception, attention, awareness, perceptual ambiguity
On-going Imaging Projects:
BOLD responses in visual cortex and in fronto-parietal attention networks during endogenous changes in the perception of ambiguous input. BOLD correlates of repetition priming in visual search.



Fan Cao
Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2009
Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
517-353-6622
fcao@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Neuroimaging and language development and disorders, second language learning, bilingualism, and educational neuroscience.
On-going Imaging Projects:
(1) Neurological evidence of L1 influences L2 acquisition, and (2) Brain changes following different interventions in children with developmental dyslexia.



Soo-Eun Chang

Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Science, 2005
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (MSU) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (University of Michigan)
517-432-1264
schang7@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Neural bases of speech perception and production, neurophysiological bases of developmental stuttering
On-going Imaging Projects:
Functional (fMRI) and structural connectivity (DTI probabilistic tractography) of auditory- motor regions for speech production in normally fluent and stuttering speakers



James H. Dulebohn

Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1995
Professor of Human Resource Management
517-432-3984
dulebohn@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Neural processes involved in decision-making, fairness evaluation, and discrimination.
On-going Imaging Projects:
Biological bases of obesity discrimination. Using fMRI to understand the automatic processes involved in negative weight-related attitudes and weight-based discrimination.



Kimberly Fenn

Ph.D., Psychology, 2006
Associate Professor of Psychology
517-432-6258
kfenn@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Acquisition and consolidation of memory and skill learning, attention in learning and auditory perception, complex syntactical rule learning.
On-going Imaging Projects:
Forgetting, retention, synaptic pruning



Jodene Fine

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, 2006
Associate Professor of Counseling
517-353-9604
finej@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Neuroimaging and dyslexia, latent factor analysis of intelligence tests, and gender differences in developmental disorders.
On-going Imaging Projects:
ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.



Jie Huang

Ph.D., Physics, 1994
Professor of Radiology
517-884-3246
jie@rad.msu.edu
Research Interests:
Visual masking, visual stress, migraine, and their prevention with precision spectral filters; language processing.
On-going Imaging Projects:
Improving white-matter fiber tracking.



John Johnson

Ph.D., Psychology, 1957
Professor of Radiology
517-449-0614
johnij4@yahoo.com
Research Interests:
Brain evolution, functional neuroanatomy of mammalian brains
On-going Imaging Projects:
Correlation of neuroanatomy as viewed in stained sections with that seen in magnetic resonance images



Taosheng Liu

Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, 2001
Associate Professor of Psychology
517-432-6694
tsliu@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Perception and attention, visual psychophysics, attentional control, object recognition, functional neuroimaging.



J. Devin McAuley

PhD, Indiana University, Cognitive Science and Computer Science, 1995.
Professor of Psychology
Director, MSU Cognitive Science Program
517-363-9069
dmcauley@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Auditory perception, attention, and cognition, timing and rhythm, relationship between music and language processing, mathematical modeling, and neuroimaging.
On-going Imaging Projects:
Neural mechanisms of timing and temporal processing, congenital amusia.



Suresh Mukherji

M.D. (Georgetown University, 1987), F.A.C.R.
Professor & Chairman of Radiology
W.F. Patenge Endowed Chair
517-884-3234
mukherji@rad.msu.edu
Research Interests:
Molecular Imaging of Head & Neck Cancer
On-going Imaging Projects:
Head & Cancer treatment response monitoring using biologic imaging.



Matthew B. Pontifex

Ph.D., Kinesiology, 2011
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
517-432-5105
pontifex@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Behavioral and Neuroimaging investigations of the relation between physical health and cognitive control during maturation.
On-going Imaging Projects:
Neural mechanisms underlying the effects of physical activity on cognition in children



Chunqi Qian

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, 2007
Assistant Professor of Radiology
517-884-3292
qianchu1@msu.edu
Research Interests:
MR imaging detection technology, Radio frequency engineering, vascular plaque imaging, molecular imaging.
On-going Imaging Projects:
(1) Development of wireless MR detector, (2) Vascular plaque imaging, (3) Molecular imaging of atherosclerosis.



Susan Ravizza

Ph.D., Psychology, 2000
Associate Professor of Psychology
517-432-3366
ravizzas@msu.edu
Research Interests:
fMRI, behavioral, and neuropsychological studies of cognitive control, working memory, and motor coordination.
On-going Imaging Projects:
The role of the left temporal parietal region in stimulus-driven attention and verbal working memory, and control processes in task switching.



Ralf Schmaelzle

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany, 2009
Assistant Professor of Communication Theory
517-353-6629
schmaelz@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Mass communication about health/risk; Real-world neuroimaging; Brain network dynamics
On-going Imaging Projects:
Recent work involves measuring neural responses to health and media messages and asking how similarly these are processed across the brains of audience members.



Jill Slade

Ph.D, Exercise Physiology, 2003
Associate Professor of Radiology
517-884-3351
sladeji@radiology.msu.edu
Research Interests:
Muscle function, muscle metabolism, peripheral vascular health, lifestyle effects on health and aging
On-going Imaging Projects:
Investigation of statins on skeletal muscle function and integrity, effect of Type I diabetes on bone marrow adiposity, effect of diet and exercise on cognition in aging, gut-brain axis in appetite regulation



Robert Smith

MD 1962; MS, Clinical Epidemiology, 1998
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
517-355-6516
Robert.smith@ht.msu.edu
Research Interests:
Doctor-patient relationship and patient-centered interviewing, medically unexplained symptoms (somatization, chronic pain)
On-going Imaging Projects:
fMRI Study of the Doctor-Patient Relationship



Laura Symonds
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1982
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
517-432-2203
symonds@msu.edu



Katy Thakkar

Ph.D., Psychology, 2012
Assistant Professor of Psychology
517-884-8489
kthakkar@msu.edu
Research Interests:
Biological basis of psychotic disorders
On-going Imaging Projects:
Using fMRI and DTI to understand brain network abnormalities in schizophrenia; Using MRS to measure abnormal brain metabolite levels in individuals with schizophrenia and first-degree relatives



David Zhu

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 1999
Professor of Radiology, Psychology and (adjunct) Electrical & Computer Engineering
517-884-3345
David.Zhu@radiology.msu.edu
Research Interests:
MR imaging technique development, functional MRI applications, concussion, carotid plaque imaging, normal and abnormal aging, and molecular imaging.
On-going Imaging Projects:
MRI technique development. Use neuroimaging to understand mild traumatic brain injury, normal aging, Alzheimer's disease (AD), AD risk reduction, and effects of hypertension on the brain.