Speaker: Prof.Chunlei Liu
Time: 14:00-15:30, Jan. 8
Location: SIST 1A-200
As the command center for the human nervous system, human brain is the most complex and powerful processor for all our behavior, cognition and emotion. The intent of interpreting human brain structural and functional development has been going on for centuries, however, we still know very few things about the brain.
In the past decades, with the development of magnetic resonance imaging technique, we get a non-invasive and real-time way to observe the human brain. Significant advances have been made in our understanding of the basic stages and mechanisms of human brain development. Studies elucidating the neurobiology of brain development span the levels of neural organization from microanatomy, to in-vivo. Together this large body of work provides a picture of brain development as the product of a complex series of dynamic and adaptive processes operating within a highly constrained, genetically organized but constantly changing context. The willing of decoding brain development has brought both challenges and opportunities to researchers seeking to understand the fundamental processes that underlie our social and cognitive behavior.
This seminar is intended to provide an overview of some very basic principles of brain structural and functional development, drawn from MRI and cell modulation research, that may be of use to investigators from a wide range of disciplines.
Prof. Chunlei Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Stanford University in 2003. Currently, he is an associate professor at University of California Berkeley in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). His main area of research has been magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and remote cell modulation. He is recognized for his pioneering contributions to high-resolution diffusion MRI, the introduction of higher-order diffusion tensors for imaging brain networks and magnetic susceptibility mapping with MRI. His research accomplishments have been recognized by several national and international awards. For his work in fast imaging, he was selected as a Rabi Young Investigator Award Finalist by the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in 2007. He was awarded, in 2006, the inaugural Pathway to Independence Award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More recently in 2015, He received the Margulis Research Award from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) for research on Alzheimer’s disease.