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Many exciting opportunities are available to take part in our brain imaging projects.

I am research advisor for several post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, eight graduate students and many undergraduate students, as well as exchange students and research visitors from overseas. You can do a Ph.D. with me in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Physics, or Neuroengineering (a subspecialty of BME); Master's Degrees are also offered in Biomedical Engineering (but not Neuroscience). I am also very happy to sponsor undergraduate students in the Student Research Program (SRP), Honors Program (199), UC LEADS Program, and Neuroengineering Summer Research Programs. You can do an Honors thesis with me in Neurology or in Neuroscience.

If you're interested, you can read our recent research reports here, and some very nice media articles on our work. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! [Updated - Oct. 2008]

Four-D Team in 2003 (Neuroscience)
Andrea Klunder
HIV, methamphetamine, FDDNP projects
MRI/PET Scan Correlation,
Brain Development
Marina Barysheva
Twin Project Manager; HARDI/DTI
Christina Avedissian
Imaging in Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Automated Hippocampal Mapping
Sarah Madsen
Brain Mapping in
Alzheimer's Disease,
Bipolar Illness,

Twin Project Team
(Imaging Genetics); [picture 2] [picture 3]

Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Student Neuroscience Ph.D. Students
Suh Lee
Alzheimer's Disease
Neuroimaging Initiative,
Tensor-Based Morphometry
Mapping Brain Change in HIV/AIDS
Neelroop Parikshak
Alzheimer's Disease
Neuroimaging Initiative,
Tensor-Based Morphometry,
Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS)
Neda Jahanshad
Tensor Imaging
Mapping Fiber Complexity
and Asymmetry in the Brain
Lara Foland
Structural and Functional Brain Mapping in Bipolar Disorder
Jason Stein
Neuroimaging Genetics
Genetic Influences on Brain Connectivity
High-Angular Resolution DTI
Postdoctoral Researcher Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Students Biomedical Engineer

Ming-Chang Chiang, M.D., Ph.D.
Divergence-Based Fluid Image Registration,
Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), HARDI, Williams syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Twins, Imaging Genetics

Agatha Lee
Cortical Mapping, Fragile X Syndrome,
Williams Syndrome,
DTI, Tensor-Based Morphometry, Twins

Liang Zhan
High Angular Resolution
Diffusion Imaging

Jonathan Morra
MRI Segmentation, Adaptive Boosting Algorithms, Support Vector Machines, Computer Vision, ADNI

Yi-Yu Chou, M.S.
Medical Image Processing, Automated Identification of Structures in MRI Scans, Alzheimer's disease, Twins
Neuroscience Ph.D. Student Biomedical Physics Ph.D. Student Post-Doctoral Researcher Psychiatry Resident Assistant Professor

April Ho
Mapping Brain Change in Disease

Caroline Brun
Deformation Morphometry; Fluid Image Registration; Autism

Natasha Lepore, Ph.D.
Nonlinear Image Registration, Tensor Morphometry with Lie Groups Statistics, HIV/AIDS,
Quantum Billiards

Alexia Leow, M.D., Ph.D.
[web page] Deformable Image Registration, Tensor-Based Morphometry, Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative

Liana Apostolova, M.D.
Assistant Professor
of Neurology
Brain Mapping in
Alzheimer's Disease and Those At Risk
Former Graduate Students and Researchers

Kiralee Hayashi
Imaging in Alzheimer's Disease, Development, Methamphetamine Abuse, Depression, MCI, AIDS (now actress )

Rebecca Dutton
Brain Mapping in
Williams Syndrome,
Epilepsy, EEG/
mapping, Alzheimer's Disease,
(now medical student at UC San Francisco)

Alain Pitiot, Ph.D.
Computer Science
Computer Vision Algorithms for Automated Image Labeling (Collaboration with INRIA, France and Mirada, Oxford); Now Lecturer at University of Newcastle, UK

Christine Vidal, Ph.D.
Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia, Autism, and Adolescent
Brain Development; Now Postdoc at University of Southern California

David Herman
Longitudinal Imaging in Dementia and Development; Collaboration with NIMH
(Former Research Assistant; now PhD Student at USC)

Igor Yanovsky
(Former Mathematics Graduate Student, working on nonlinear image registration, using novel information-theoretic models; now at Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Overseas Collaborators
Paul Rasser Neuroscience/Mathematics Schizophrenia (Collaboration with NISAD, Australia)
Undergraduate Students Visiting Researchers

Michael Hong
Philosophy, Medicine
Mapping Hippocampal Changes in Alzheimer's Disease

Tom Nguyen
Childhood Onset Schizophrenia, Medial Temporal Lobe Mapping

Yihong Sui
Chemical Engineering
UC LEADS Scholar
Mapping Hippocampal and Ventricular Changes in Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia, Brain Development

Christian Gaser
University of Jena, Germany
Brain Mapping and Deformation-Based Morphometry
Collaborators and Co-Authors

Judy Rapoport

Jay Giedd

Ty Cannon

Nicholas Ayache

Tony Chan

Yalin Wang

David Xianfeng Gu

Peter Kochunov

Tim Cloughesy

Eydie London

Pat Johnston

Allan Reiss

Gary Small

Shing-Tung Yau

I am also currently serving on the dissertation committee for several PhD students in
Neuroscience and Biomedical Physics:

Katherine Narr Neuroscience Brain Imaging in Schizophrenia
Rebecca Blanton Neuroscience Imaging Brain Development
Dan Rubins Biomedical Physics Positron Emission Tomography in Small Animals (Micro-PET)
Alison Clements Neuroscience fMRI in Individuals at Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Sean Haney, M.D. Medicine Imaging in Brain Tumor Patients
Stephanie Dittmer Medicine Mapping Cortical Change in Alzheimer's Disease and Those at Genetic Risk
Jennifer Geaga Neuroscience Childhood Onset Schizophrenia, Autism, Clinical Trials (Collaboration with NIMH)
Nayoung Lee Neuroengineering
Exchange Scholar (Johns Hopkins)
Mapping Hippocampal Deficits in Methamphetamine Abusers
David Gravano Neuroscience Ventricular Anatomy in Alzheimer's Disease
Sue Han Neuroscience Mapping Brain Changes in Alzheimer's Disease
Yasaman Alaghband Neuroscience Williams syndrome, neuroimaging in disease


Results of our projects on Alzheimer's Disease, schizophrenia,
tumor imaging, brain development, and image analysis may be found in over
600 publications, with summaries on the Internet at: http://users.loni.usc.edu/~thompson/thompson_pubs.html

If any of these papers look interesting to you, please send me a message by e-mail, and I'll be glad to send you some free reprints of any papers you would like!

Contact Information

  • Mail:

    Paul Thompson, Ph.D.
    Professor of Neurology
    Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
    UCLA School of Medicine
    4238 Reed Neurology
    710 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1769, U.S.A.

  • E-mail: thompson@loni.usc.edu
  • Tel: (310)206-2101
  • Fax: (310)206-5518