Introduction...

I am currently a Research Associate in the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  I am developing advanced structual, functional and diffusion weighted imaging analysis pipelines in order to develop biomarkers indicitive of mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease as well as differential diagnosis between idiopathic Parkinson's disease and atypical Parkinson's Disease.


Education...

In 2006, I earned a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus in Microelectronics.  Subsequently, I worked for several years as a Project Engineer in the Aerospace and Defense industry.  I went on to complete my Master’s of Science (2008 – 2010) and Doctorate of Philosophy (2010 – 2014) in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a focus in computer vision and medical imaging.  During this time I conducted brain imaging research related to movement disorders at the Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience at the University of Florida, Gainesville (formerly the Motor Control and Movement Disorders Laboratory at UIC) under the mentorship of Dr. David E. Vaillancourt.  I developed several analysis pipelines related to magnetic resonance imaging in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other related movement disorders (i.e. Multiple System Atrophy, Essential Tremor and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy).  I utilized structural imaging, diffusion imaging and functional imaging to study these various diseases.


Fellowships...

Before arriving at Northwestern, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Departments of Neurology and Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh.  My work focused primarily on the development of novel techniques for localizing seizure networks in patients with epilepsy as well as geometric distortion correction techniques in high field resting state fMRI image analysis.   I joined the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University in August of 2015 as a Research Fellow in the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders program. The goal of my research is to use structural MRI, diffusion weighted imaging and machine learning in order to identifying structural changes in the brain related to cognitive function in healthy controls, PD and PD with mild cognitive impairment (PD-MCI).   


Research Interests...

My research interests focus on understanding the basis of structural and functional deficits and changes in morphology in patients with neurological disorders.  My long term goals are to establish a neuroimaging laboratory which develops advanced structural and functional MRI techniques in order to non-invasively identify changes in brain morphology related to functional deficits in patients.  Identification of these biomarkers can lead to improvements in early detection, differential diagnosis, tracking of longitudinal changes and improved understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved with these diseases.  I am interested in applying these techniques to subjects with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease as well as neurological disorders such as Epilepsy.


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