Xiaoping Hu, PhD
Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology
Our research focuses on the development and application of neuroimaging techniques based on in magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. Specifically, we are working on developing techniques for improving the quality, resolution, sensitivity and contrast of MRI method for studying brain function, anatomy and connectivity and developing methods for analyzing neuroimaging data in order to more robustly extract relevant information regarding brain function and connectivity from neuroimaging data. In terms of applications, we have been studying the neurodevelopmental effects of prenatal exposures to alcohol and cocaine and have been examining changes in brain function and connectivity as a result of aging.
Our studies of prenatal exposure of teratogens have been carried out in close collaboration with Claire Coles and her colleagues. The studies of aging have been conducted with a number of investigators, including James Herndon, Todd Preuss, James Rilling and Anna Moore. In addition, we have been collaborating with Helen Mayberg in studying depression and its treatment, and with Krish Sathian in studying vision and touch. Recently, we have started to collaborate with Ami Klin as part of his effort in developing an ACE in the Markus Institute.