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BME Seminar: Nanyin Zhang, PhD

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Uncas A. Whitaker Hall, 218
6760 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA

Presenting on “From neuron to behavior: investigating brain network function using multi-modal approach”

Nanyin Zhang, PhD, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Brain Imaging at Pennsylvania State University, will speak on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 10:00 am CST in Whitaker 218.

Abstract: Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) provides a powerful tool to characterize the organizational architecture of whole-brain networks. However, several intrinsic issues have limited the potentials of rsfMRI from being fully realized. In this presentation I will discuss these issues, and demonstrate that they can be partially solved by integrating rsfMRI with cutting-edge neurotechnology such as optogenetics/chemogenetics, electrophysiology and behavioral methods, which allow multi-scale multi-dimensional information to be collected and modulated in rodent models.

Registration is required to attend virtually. Please register.

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology, Medicine & Health

Biomedical Engineering


Event Contact

Mimi Hilburg | mhilburg@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Nanyin Zhang, PhD has been working in the neuroimaging field for 16 years. His PhD and post-doc trainings are in the field of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) of the University of Minnesota. This center is one of the most famous centers worldwide for in vivo MR research, particularly for its high-field functional MRI/MRS studies. At CMRR, my work was focused on developing advanced fMRI techniques to improve fMRI spatial resolution to the sub-millimeter level and designing novel fMRI paradigms for probing neural interactions occurring at tens of milliseconds.

In early 2009, Professor Zhang took a tenure-track assistant professor position at the Center for Comparative NeuroImaging (CCNI) of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. At CCNI, he focused on rodent resting-state fMRI (rsfMRI) studies. In particularly, his lab pioneered a novel rsfMRI method that allows the functional networks of the rat brain to be studied without any influences of anesthesia. This approach has made it possible to translate neuroimaging findings between animal models and human research. By utilizing this approach, his lab for the first time uncovered the organizational architecture of the brain network in awake rats, and revealed how this network organization was altered in unconscious states.

In 2013, he became an associate professor at the Biomedical Engineering department of the Pennsylvania State University (PSU). At PSU, the horizon of research has been expanded to investigating the neural basis of rsfMRI signal using a multi-modal approach combining neuroimaging, optogenetic, electrophysiological and behavioral methods.

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