Research Assistant Professor
Chicago, Illinois – United States
Ajay Kurani earned his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MS and PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He specialized in Computer Vision and Image processing, with applications to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). During this time, he conducted MRI brain imaging research Parkinson’s disease at the Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience at the University of Florida, Gainesville and Motor Control and Movement Disorders Laboratory at UIC. Dr. Kurani developed functional and structural analysis methods to investigate brain changes in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and atypical Parkinsonism, with a primary focus in resting state fMRI and diffusion imaging. He then completed his first postdoctoral fellowship in the Departments of Neurology and Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and his second fellowship in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University's Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders program. In 2017, Dr. Kurani joined the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University, and is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His research interests focus on understanding the basis of structural and functional deficits in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. The goal of his research is to develop advanced structural, microstructural and functional MRI techniques in order to non-invasively identify changes in brain morphology and function related to cognitive and motor deficits in Parkinson’s disease and atypical Parkinsonism. His research has provided evidence of abnormal functional connectivity in PD and atypical Parkinsonism, along with structural abnormalities related to the development of mild cognitive impairments in de novo PD. Identification of these biomarkers can lead to improvements in early detection, differential diagnosis, tracking of longitudinal changes and improved understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved with these diseases.
Friday, November 8
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM