Multimodal Metabolic Brain Imaging Lab (Li Lab)

The Multimodal Metabolic Brain Imaging Lab (Li Lab) is focused on developing methods for obtaining reliable metabolic information from the brain in order to characterize spatial and temporal heterogeneity and the biologic behavior during disease time course and treatment. Specifically, this includes:

  1. Developing new methods for acquiring, processing and quantifying the spatial distribution of in vivo 1H MR metabolic profiles with high spatial resolution and whole brain coverage within clinical feasible acquisition time at both 3T and 7T scanners;
  2. Developing tools for generating metrics of brain neurotransmitters (glutamate, GABA and glutathione) to evaluate their roles in neurologic and psychiatric diseases;
  3. Integrating steady state 1H metabolic metrics with PET, hyperpolarized 13C and advanced MR imaging parameters in order to elucidate the underlying normal biological processes and to improve clinical evaluation of patients with glioma.

Multimodal Metabolic Brain Imaging Lab



Summer Students

We have a student research assistant position available for the summer 2020. In particular, we are looking for a highly motivated person with programming experience to help with data processing.

Post-doctoral fellow position

Post-doctoral Fellow Position for hyperpolarized 13C and 1H Metabolic Imaging Research (pdf)


  • Adam Autry, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Huawei Liu, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Marisa Lafontaine, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Wendy Ma, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Barbara Green, Administrative Contact