PEOPLE

Meet the Members of Our Lab

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MICHAEL LIPTON, MD, PHD

Principal Investigator

I straddle the practice of clinical medicine, research and education toward improving human brain health through the effective use of modern brain imaging technology. While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is my central tool, I define brain imaging broadly, to include all methods that facilitate accurate depiction of brain structure and function as well as their interface. As a neuroradiologist, I advocate looking beyond the visual percept in making an assessment of diagnostic images, using quantitative approaches to maximize diagnostic yield, improve accuracy and minimize risk, including the risk of misdiagnosis. These approaches are developed and validated in the laboratory, then applied in clinical research populations and, ultimately, real patients. I push students at all levels to understand the technology they wield and use it intelligently for the ultimate betterment of patients.

 

FACULTY

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ROMAN FLEYSHER, PHD

In clinical MRI time is at premium. My research focuses on development and implementation of data acquisition strategies for efficient measurements in MRI.

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ASIF K. SURI, MD, PHD

My research focus has been in diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), developing methods to allow for a more accuracy representation of diffusion measures within the brain, with applications to specific disease states. Specifically, work has involved improving the accuracy in the identification of diffusion abnormalities in the brain through changes in the brain registration process.
I have completed graduate work at Rutgers University in biophysical chemistry/molecular biophysics involved developing methods to improve the quality of 3D structures of protein molecules produced using NMR data. Postdoctoral work in structural biology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center involved elucidation of the 3D structures of DNA/carcinogen and RNA/antibiotic complexes from NMR data. After completing medical school at Cornell and a residency at Downstate, I completed a clinical Neuroradiology fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, receiving a CAQ in neuroradiology.

 

STAFF

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SHIRA SIEGEL

Research Assistant

Shira is a recent graduate from Stern College where she received her BA in Biology. She is currently a Research Assistant for Dr. Lipton, assisting in all aspects of his various research projects Dr. Michael Lipton with the collection, organization, and analysis of MRI/DTI data from his various studies in Einstein’s Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center.

 

STAFF

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SHALIKA (PH.D)

Clinical research Co-ordinator

Shalika graduated with Doctorate degree in Medical parasitology from Post graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India in October, 2021. She is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator, assisting Dr. Michael Lipton with the collection, organization, and analysis of MRI/DTI data from his various studies in Einstein’s Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center.

 

STUDENTS, RESIDENTS, & FELLOWS

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MOLLY CHARNEY

Molly is a current medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Molly graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018 with a degree in Computational Biology and Genomics. She previously studied concussion and repetitive head injury in athletes and military veterans using MR Spectroscopy as a Research Assistant at the Center for Clinical Spectroscopy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition, Molly used fMRI to map drug sensitivity in the brain, as an undergraduate researcher in the Black Lab at the Washington University School of Medicine.

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MOHAMMAD MANSOURI, MD-MPH

Mohammad is a radiology resident at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is an MD-MPH graduate from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. After medical school, he joined the Department of Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as a post-doctoral research fellow, working on projects related to machine learning, emergency radiology, and quality improvement. He is now interested in the application of diffusion tensor imaging in mild TBI and also improving automated segmentation of the brain.

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JOAN SONG

Joan is a current MD-PhD candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She graduated from Cornell University in 2019 with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. As an undergraduate researcher, she worked in the Douglas Lab and helped implement metabolic modelling of bacteria in the fly gut. She is interested in both clinical research and biomedical image processing related to the brain.

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SIMONE GLAJCHEN

Simone is a rising senior at Scarsdale High School. Prior to joining the Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory, Simone researched palliative care and the impact of ethnic disparities on patient outcomes while interning at the Metropolitan Jewish Healthcare System. She is extremely excited to learn about innovative brain imaging technology. 

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BLUYE DEMESSIE

Bluyé is a current MD-PhD candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He graduated from Harvard University in 2019 with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology. As an undergraduate researcher, he worked in the Hensch Lab and studied the critical period of the mouse auditory cortex. He is interested in advanced MRI techniques to improve our understanding of brain trauma and neuroplasticity

 

ALUMNI

TRAINEES

Todd Rubin, MS, PhD 
Sheldon Sloan, BA, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (PhD)
Rachel Varon, BA 
Lauren Strainge, BA
Wouter Hoogenboom, PhD
Liane Hunter, MD, PhD
Nahmee Kim, PhD
Cara Levitch, PhD
Rose Shaine Abani, Yeshiva University
Anna Augustinos, University of Rochester
Bryanna Gulotta, Cornell (Einstein Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP))
Adina Sperling, New York University
Gabrielle Weinberg, Yeshiva University
Susan Sotardi, MD, MS  
Kevin Hsu, MD 
Edwin Gulko, MD with distinction in research
Tiago Gil Oliveira, MD, PhD
Abby Bassalaley, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Avi Fink, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Brandon Giglio, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Eva Catenaccio, BA
Miriam Hulkower, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Oren Jaspan, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Daniel Krieger, MD with distinction in research Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hilana Lewkowitz-Shpuntoff, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Lisa Mogil, SUNY Buffalo
Weiya Mu, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Young Park, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Daniel Poliak, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Sara B. Rosenbaum, MD, with distinction in research Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Anna Shlionsky, MD Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Jonathan Weinberger, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Areeb Khan 
Carly Wolfer 
Rebecca Schiff 
Delanie Bomar

STAFF

Chloe Ifrah, BA : was research assistant, is currently completing graduate studies in psychology

Priyanka Srinivasan, BS : RA who went on to graduate studies in statistics

Shanshan Hu, MA : RA who went on to work in Market Research

Isabella Shattenkirk, BS: RA who went on to graduate studies in education

Tamar Glattstein, BA: RA who went onto graduate studies in Psychology

Ayelet Kahane, BA: RA who went to work in the Non-Profit Sector

Margo Kahn, BA, Ferkauf GraduateSchool of Psychology (PsyD) RA who went onto graduate studies in Psychology

Hannah Scholl, BA, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (PhD): RA who went onto graduate studies in Psychology

Malka Zughaft, BA: RA who went onto graduate studies in Psychology

Kyle Friedman, BA: RA who moved to Colorado to study the impact of cannabis  legalization on Public Health  

Naomi (Wakschlag) Lubin, BA: RA who went onto work in Market Research  

Karinne Colon, BA: Research Assistant who moved on to work for a CRO