NIIN Faculty

Arthur Toga
Director of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
toga@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
My research focuses on neuroimaging, informatics, mapping brain structure and function, and brain atlasing. I developed multimodal imaging and data aggregation strategies and applied them in a variety of neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders.

Education
Ph.D., Neuroscience

Experience
2016 - present: Ghada Irani Chair in Neuroscience
2013 - present: Provost Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Sciences, Radiology and Engineering at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
2013 - present: Director, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
2013 - present: Director, USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
2010 - 2012: Associate Vice Provost of Informatics, University of California, Los Angeles
2010 - 2013: Associate Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
1993 - 2010: Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles
1993 - 2013: Associate Director, Division of Brain Mapping, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
1987 - 2013: Director, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research
neuroimaging
mapping brain structure and function
brain atalsing
cerebral metabolism
neurovascular coupling

Skills
Neuroscience
Research
Management

Paul Thompson
Associate Director
thompson@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
University of California, Los Angeles 1994-2000
Ph.D., Neuroscience, 73-360 Brain Research Institute, Division of Brain Mapping, and Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA,
University College, Oxford University, England 1989-1993
Master of Arts (Hons.), Mathematics & Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts (First Class in Honour Moderations), Greek & Latin Languages
Oxford University Scholar, Mathematics & Philosophy, Classical Languages

Experience
Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCLA;
Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1993-present;
Research Grantee, United States Information Agency, Washington, DC, 1993-present;
Fulbright Scholar, U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission, London, England, 1993-present;
Technical Evaluation Group & Study Sections, National Library of Medicine, 1999;
Special Emphasis Panel, Center for Scientific Review, NIH
Reviewer, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants Program 1999;
Peer-Reviewer, Alzheimer's Disease Association 1999 Grants Program
Program Committee, IEEE Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Biomedical Image Analysis, June 2000;
Program Committee, SPIE Conference on Mathematical Methods in Biomedical Imaging, July/August 2000;

Research
Large-scale C algorithm development (7 years experience; DEC, SGI, Sun, O2, Supercomputer platforms), perl, html, SQL, UNIX
Advanced mathematical modeling, software engineering, scientific computing and numerical analysis
3D graphics & image analysis algorithms (modeling, animation, image warping, numerical simulation, CD-ROM production)
Statistical and mechanical modeling (random field theory, active surfaces, deformable templates, 3D elastic and fluid image deformation algorithms)
Parallel programming, high-performance supercomputing applications, Tcl/Tk, GUI interface development (in progress)

Jack Van Horn
Education Director
jack.vanhorn@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
1989-1992: Doctor of Philosophy, Experimental Psychology, Department of Psychology, University College London, University of London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT England
1997-2000: Masters of Engineering (Communications, Electrical, Computer), A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742
1985-1989: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, (67 Credit Major), Department of Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004

Experience
2006-Present: Assistant Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, 635 Charles Young Drive South, Suite 225, Los Angeles, California 90095-7334
2002-2006: Research Associate Professor, Psychology and Brain Science/Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, 6162 Moore Hall, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
2002-2006: Assistant Director, Dartmouth Brain Imaging Center, Dartmouth College, 6162 Moore Hall, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
2001-2006: Operations Director, The fMRI Data Center, 6162 Moore Hall, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
2000-2002: Research Assistant Professor, Psychology and Brain Science/Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, 6162 Moore Hall, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
1997-Present: Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University College London, University of London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT England
1997-2000: NIH Staff Fellow, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, 10 Center Drive 4C-104, Bethesda, MD 20892
1997-2000: Guest Researcher, Brain Imaging Center, National Institute of Drug Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus, Baltimore, MD

Research
Neurophysiological human cognition using in vivo neuroimaging techniques, e.g. functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and its relations to other biological systems. Areas of interest in neuroimaging include - visuo-spatial task performance, motor learning, working memory, and continuous task performance. Recent work involves the use of pharmacological manipulations as probes of cognitive and physiological networks during fMRI. Mathematical applications and engineering solutions for neuroimaging.
Neuroinformatics: mathematical modeling, experimental design, statistical, quantitative methods, data visualization, and the sociological and technical issues of neuroscientific data sharing. Neuroimaging data base and data mining.

Skills
Linux/UNIX (e.g. Sun OS/Solaris); ANSI-C; HTML/PHP; Matlab; MS Visual Studio.

Hong-Wei Dong
Associate Professor of Neurology
hongwei.dong@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
1999 - Ph.D., the Fourth Military Medical University (Xi’an, China) and University of Southern California, (Neuroscience)
1996 - M.S., the Fourth Military Medical University (Xi’an, China), (Neuroscience)
1993 - M.D., the Fourth Military Medical University (Xi’an, China), (Medicine)

Experience
2006 - Present Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine
2004 - 2006 Senior Analyst Neuroanatomy, Allen Institute for Brain Science (AIBS), Seattle
2002 - 2003 Research Assistant Professor, Neuroscience Program & Department of Biology, University of Southern California (USC)
1997 - 2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Associate, Laboratory of L.W. Swanson, Neuroscience Program, University of Southern California

Research
My research follows three major directions (1) understanding the neural circuits and molecular mechanisms that regulate neuroendocrine responses underlying psychological stress; (2) peri-puberty development of the neural circuits associated with sexual behavior; (3) reconstruction of three-dimensional computer graphic mouse brain atlas and neuro-informatics-based database particularly those involving the cataloguing of anatomic information.

Skills
Small animal stereotaxic brain surgery
Neural tract tracing
Neuroanatomy
Brain atlas development

Judy Pa
Assistant Professor of Neurology
jpa@ini.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
2009 - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurodegenerative diseases, UC San Francisco
2007 - PhD in Psychology (specialty: Cognitive Neuroscience), UC Irvine

Experience
neuroimaging, functional MRI, aging, dementia, executive function, memory

Research
Early brain dysfunction in older adults and individuals at risk for Alzheimer's disease

Neda Jahanshad
Assistant Professor of Neurology
neda.jahanshad@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, 2002-2006

Kristi Clark
Assistant Professor of Neurology
kclark@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
BA, Chemistry (Biochemistry Concentration) & Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology - Washington University in St. Louis, 2000
Ph.D., Neuroscience - UCLA, 2007

Research
Brain development and pathology
Diffusion Imaging

Hosung Kim
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Hosung.Kim@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Dr. Hosung Kim's research summary and publications are found at: http://profiles.sc-ctsi.org/hosung.kim.

Education
2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Imaging of Neurodevelopment, UC San Francisco
2012 PhD in Biomedical Engineering (specialty: brain image analysis), McGill University / Montreal Neurological Institute Experience
neuroimaging, image processing, machine learning, clinical neuroimaging (preterm newborns, sleep disorders, epilepsy)

Research
- Developing a pipeline for image-processing / statistical image analysis for MRI of developing / aging brains
- Prediction of outcome using imaging features
- Analysis of brain antomical and connectivity changes in relation to sleep disorders

Yonggang Shi
Assistant Professor of Neurology
yonggang.shi@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
My research focuses on the development of cutting-edge image analysis algorithms and their application in studying human brain structure and function.

Education
2005, PhD in Electrical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, USA.
1999, MS in Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China.
1996, BS in Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

Experience
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine, 2009-2013
PostDoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine, 2005-2009

Research
Multimodal imaging for brain structure and function analysis
Anatomical shape modeling with Laplace-Beltrami eigen-system

Skills
Level set algorithms, inverse problems and regularization, statistical signal processing.

Meredith Braskie
Assistant Professor of Research
Meredith.Braskie@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
Ph.D., Neuroscience - UCLA, 2006

Experience
Sept 2013- present: Assistant Professor of Research USC
Sept 2011 - August 2013: Assistant Researcher UCLA
Feb 2009 - Aug 2011: Post doctoral fellow UCLA
Nov 2006 - Jan 2009: Post doctoral fellow UC Berkeley
2002-2006: Graduate student researcher UCLA
2003: Teaching assistant to Dr. Arnold Scheibel UCLA

Research
Evaluating how genetic and environmental risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD) relate to brain structure, function, and connectivity throughout adulthood, with an emphasis on cognitively intact adults and those with early mild cognitive impairment.
Studying how AD risk-related biological mechanisms and signaling pathways are associated with brain measures using relevant blood and cerebrospinal fluid measures, and multimodal imaging (structural and functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and PET).

Houri Hintiryan
Assistant Professor of Research
Houri.Hintiryan@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
BA, Psychology & English - University of Southern California, 2009
MA, Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience - University of Southern California, 2003
Ph.D., Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience - University of Southern California, 2000

Research
Examining the neural networks of the brain using classic and viral tract tracers.
Identifying aberrant connections in mouse models of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's Disease.

Danny JJ Wang
Professor of Neurology
jj.wang@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
1989-1993 B.S. Fu Dan University, Shanghai, China (Biophysics)
1993-1998 Ph.D. University of Science and Technology of China, Beijing, China (Biophysics)
2007-2010 M.S.C.E. (Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology) University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Experience
9/03-2/10 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
1/06-2/10 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
2/11-2/13 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
2/10-6/15 Associate Professor-in-Residence, Department of Neurology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
2/11-6/15 Associate Professor-in-Residence (secondary), Department of Radiology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
7/15-6/16 Professor-in-Residence, Department of Neurology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
7/15-6/16 Professor-in-Residence (secondary), Department of Radiology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
6/12-present Executive Director, UCLA-Beijing Joint Center for Advanced Brain Imaging

Research
1. Technical development and clinical translations of arterial spin labeling (ASL)
2. Cross-scale and modality complexity analysis of resting state fMRI and electrophysiology
3. Steady state free precession (SSFP) based 4D fMRI
4. Electric current mapping of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
5. Low dose CT perfusion technology

Lirong Yan
Assistant Professor of Research
lirong.yan@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
2010, PhD in Biophysics, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
2005, BS in Biomedical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Experience
2013.7-2016.7 Assistant Researcher, Department of Neurology, UCLA
2010.7-2013.6 Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Neurology, UCLA

Research
MRI sequence development including novel arterial spin labeling (ASL) technical development, and non-contrast 4-D dyanmic MR Angiography
functional MRI data acquistion and post processing

Kay Jann
Assistant Professor of Research
kay.jann@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Development of analytical tools and clinical translations of functinal MRI technology. I am generally interested in the relation between functional connectivity, complexity and metabolism of brain networks.

Education
PhD of the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Veterinary Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2009

Experience
02/2016 – 07/2016, Assistant Project Scientist at the Laboratory of Functional MRI Technology, Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, UCLA
02/2013 – 01/2016, Postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Functional MRI Technology, Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, UCLA
03/2010 – 01/2013, Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychiatric Neurophysiology, University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Bern, Switzerland
02/2009 – 02/2010, Research assistant at the Department of Psychiatric Neurophysiology, University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Bern, Switzerland

Dominique Duncan
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dominique.Duncan@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
2013 - PhD in Electrical Engineering, Yale University
2007 - BS in Mathematics and Polish Literature, University of Chicago

Meng Law
Professor of Radiology
meng.law@usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
My research focuses on the application of magnetic resonance technology to measure biological parameters for the diagnosis and treatment of human disease including new imaging biomarkers of structural and functional connectivity in humans.

Education
2000- Neuroradiology Fellowship, NYU Medical Center, New
1999- FRACR, St. Vincent'€™s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
1992- Surgery Internship, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
1991- MD, MBBS, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
1985- HSC, Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia

NIIN Staff

Grace Liang-Franco
Executive Administrator
grace@ini.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Education
MBA, Pepperdine University
BA, UCLA

Sandra Phung
Program Coordinator
Sandra.Phung@ini.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN
 
Henrietta Movsessian
Program Coordinator
henrietta.movsessian@loni.usc.edu
loni.usc.edu

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
2025 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-44-BRAIN