Danny J.J. Wang, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Director of Imaging Technology Innovation
Mark & Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Email: JJ.Wang@loni.usc.edu

Dr. Wang is Professor of Neurology and Director of Imaging Technology Innovation in the Mark & Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He received Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and postdoc training in the Departments of Radiology and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He has been an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Neurology at UPenn, Associate and Full Professor of Neurology and Radiology at UCLA before joining USC in 2016. During the past 20 years, Dr. Wang’s research has been focused on the technical development and clinical translations of novel functional and physiological Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologies, in particular noninvasive blood flow/perfusion imaging. He has been supporting the scientific community by disseminating arterial spin labeling (ASL) sequences to approximately 200 Siemens imaging research centers around the world. His recent research interests include developing novel neuroimaging methods to understand neuromodulation effects on the brain. In addition to MRI, Dr. Wang has research interests in the technical development and clinical applications of Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).
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Lirong Yan, PhD

Email: liryan@ucla.edu
Dr. Yan graduated with PhD of Biophysics from Beijing MRI Center for Brain Research, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010, working with Prof. Yan Zhuo and Dr. Wang. Her training and research projects are on MR pulse sequence programming for dynamic MR angiography (dMRA), cerebral blood flow/volume measurements, GRASE fMRI and small animal perfusion imaging at 7T.

Robert Smith, PhD

Email: rssmith3348 at gmail.com
Dr. Smith received his PhD in Physics from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) at Florida State University, working with Dr. Gregory. S. Boebinger. The focus of his PhD research was in the realm of condensed matter physics to investigate inhomogeneity in strongly correlated electron systems using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in conjunction with computational models. After joining LOFT, Dr. Smith shifted his research towards Biomedical applications of MRI, currently he is working on several fast imaging techniques as well as using entropy to quantify resting state fMRI.Robert has moved to Washington University St Louis as a postdoc working with Dr. Beau Ances

Emily Kilroy, MS

Email: emilykilroy@gmail.com
Emily graduated with MS of Psychodynamic Developmental Neuroscience from University College of London & Yale University. At LOFT, she was working on the recruitment, data collection and analysis for the NIH project of Pediatric Template of Brain Perfusion. She is now a PhD student at USC in Occupational Science

Collin Y. Liu, MD

Email: collin.y.liu@gmail.com
After completing 2 year clinical fellowship at LOFT and VA hospital, Collin is now Assistant Professor of Neurology at USC Keck School of Medicine. He works closely with LOFT on perfusion MRI, resting state fMRI and vascular compliance measurements in dementia.
Dr. Liu is a graduate of New York Medical College, with dual residency training in neurology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and nuclear medicine at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. His research interests are in developing new methods of evaluating resting state networks in cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular dementia.

Mayank Jog, PhD

Email: mayankjog at gmail.com
Mayank received his PhD in Bioengineering from UCLA in 2017, his thesis is on visualization of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) induced electromagnetic and neurophysiological effects using MRI. He joined LOFT as a postdoc research fellow in summer 2017. He continues to work on in vivo MRI mapping of electric current and physiological effects of tDCS on the brain. He is also applying imaging guided tDCS therapy on depression patients.

Yi Wang, PhD

Email: yiwang613 at gmail.com
Yi received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Dr. Dennis Parker’s group at the University of Utah. The focus of her PhD research was in Advanced MR Imaging for Structural and Functional Analysis. Yi also has a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. After joining LOFT, Yi has been working on the development of advanced ASL techniques on the latest Siemens Skyra system as well as applications for perfusion imaging of body organs such as kidney, breast and myocardium.
Yi is now working as a Scientist for Philips Healthcare, USA

Songlin Yu, MD PhD

Email: yslyxh83 at yahoo.com.cn
Dr. Yu is a neurosurgeon trained in Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China under the supervision of Professor Jizong Zhao. His research has been focused on the evaluation of novel perfusion and MR angiography (MRA) techniques in stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM), as well as the association between radiological evaluation and surgical findings.
Songlin is now working as a neurosurgeon in Beijing Tiantan Hospital

Kay Jann, PhD

Email: kay.jann@ini.usc.edu
Dr. Jann received his PhD from the University Hospital of Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatric Neurophysiology, University of Bern under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Thomas Koenig. He subsequently obtained postdoc training with PD. Dr. Andrea Federspiel. His research has been focused on characterizing the brain’s resting state using fMRI and EEG. During his fellowship at LOFT, he focuses on methodological development and clinical applications of perfusion based resting state fMRI. He is an awardee of a fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation and SSMBS (Schweizer Stiftung für Medizinisch-Biologische Stipendien).

Kate Krasileva, BA

Email: Kate.Krasileva@ucsf.edu
Kate graduated from UCLA with a major in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. During her undergraduate time at UCLA, Kate’s research focused on adolescent and young adult development and psychopatholoy. Specifically, her projects were on social impairment in adolescent-onset schizophrenia and cognition in young adults with ADHD. At LOFT, she is working on the recruitment, data collection, and analysis for the NIH-funded project Pediatric Template of Brain Perfusion. She is now working as a research coordinator at UCSF.

Thomas Martin, BS

Email: thomasmartin@mednet.ucla.edu
Thomas received his BS in Physics from Utah State University (USU) in Logan, UT. He joined the UCLA Biomedical Physics program as a graduate student in 2012. The research he is currently working on focuses on radial Dynamic MRI image acquisition and processing techniques for fMRI and DCE MRI, to improve the temporal and spatial resolution.
Thomas is continuing his PhD in Physics in Biology and Medicine (PBM) program at UCLA under the supervision of Dr. Kyung Sung.

Samantha J. Ma, MS

Email: Samantha.Ma@loni.usc.edu
Samantha received her B.S. in Biomedical (Biochemical) Engineering and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics) from USC. She also received her M.S. in Bioengineering from UCLA. She is currently a Ph.D. student, and her research focuses on machine learning/statistical analysis and dynamic MRI applications in cerebrovascular diseases such as stroke, vascular dementia, and intracranial stenosis.

Jun Fang, MS

Email: fangjun0120@gmail.com
Jun received his MS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. In the lab, he was working as Research Associate on Osirix plugins development for ASL research and data collection. Jun is responsible for the website maintenance and updating. He is now a software consultant focusing on Java web development. Clients includes Comcast and College Board.

Xin Lou, MD PhD

Email: louxin301@gmail.com
Dr. Lou obtained her PhD in Neuroradiology from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Medical School in 2005, under the supervision of Prof. Youquan Cai. She has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiology, Chinese PLA General Hospital since 2008. Her research has been focused on the evaluation of perfusion and collateral image in stroke, multi-model MR research in hypertension, as well as high-resolution MR imaging of intracranial arthrosclerosis Plaque. She is now Professor of Radiology at the Department of Radiology, PLA General (301) Hospital in Beijing.

Hailing Wang, MS

Email: wanghailing2050@gmail.com
Hailing is a PhD candidate from the Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, under the supervision of Prof. Shimin Fu. She joined LOFT as a visiting graduate researcher in 2014. Her research focuses on the mechanism of face processing, in particular the role of attention on face processing, the perception of face emotion and gender. Her research includes behavioral test, event-related potential (ERP) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. She is continuing her PhD study at the Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Xingfeng Shao

Email: evanshaoxf@gmail.com
Xingfeng Shao received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics at Tsinghua University (THU) in Beijing, China and his M.S. degree in Bioengineering at UCLA. Currently he is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering program at USC and his research focuses on developing ASL sequences with high spatial/temporal resolution.

Kai Wang

Email: wang416@usc.edu
Education: B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2016. Projects: Applications of BART on server clusters

Yelong Shen, MD

Email: shenyelong1989@qq.com
Yelong is a visiting clinical fellow from School of Medicine, Shandong University. His training is in neuroradiology with research experience in arterial spin labeling MRI data in cerebrovascular disorders. He is working on clinical applications of ASL and 4D dynamic MRA.

Marlene Casey, MPH

Email: Marlene.Casey@loni.usc.edu
Marlene graduated from UCLA with a major in Sociology and a minor in Business Administration. She attended USC and received her Master’s in Public Health. Her research interests and experience include Diabetes, Ophthalmology and Nutrition research. She has also worked on projects with Maternal and Child Health issues and well as Health Promotion and Education programs. She joined Dr Wang’s team as a research coordinator for his neurological research studies in January of 2017.