Junqian Xu, PhD
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Radiology
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Neuroscience
Research Topics:Brain Imaging, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Image Analysis, Imaging, MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroscience, Pain, Spinal Cord
Dr. Junqian (Gordon) Xu received his PhD degree from the Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Lab (BMRL) at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Washington University School of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Xu joined the WU-Minn consortium of the Human Connectome Project (HCP) and had worked on multiband EPI sequence development at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), University of Minnesota for two years before joining Mount Sinai in 2012 to establish a neuroimaging laboratory using advanced in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques.
Multi-Disciplinary Training AreasBiophysics and Systems Pharmacology [BSP], Neuroscience [NEU]
BS, Peking University
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Harold Golden Lamport Clinical Research Award
Richard and Susan Friedman Research Scholar Award
IPMSA Infrastructure Award
NARSAD Young Investigator Award
RSNA Research Scholar Award
Advanced magnetic resonance (MR) techniques in neuroimaging
- brainstem and cervical spinal cord MRI at ultra-high field.
- functional and structural assessment of the spinal cord and optic nerve.
- functional MRI of small nuclei in the brain, such as the habenula.
- Neuroimmunology of Anhedonia in Adult Major Depressive Disorder
The purpose of this study is to find out if inflammation in the body and brain are related to feelings of loss of pleasure. Loss of pleasure can be easily measured and is related to specific linked brain regions. Our laboratory and others have shown that inflammation measured ...
- Neurophysiological biomarkers for personalized spinal cord injury rehabilitation
The purpose of this study is to better understand how patients' ability to move and feel after spinal cord injury (SCI) relates to the results of their brain and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) after spinal cord injury. The research MRI examination in this study t...
- Imaging optic nerve function and pathology
The purpose of this magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study is to take clear pictures of a patient's optic nerve to see how they are affected by glaucoma. We will take high-resolution pictures of the optic nerve using MRI to evaluate how patients see through their eyes. We will...
Naismith* RT, Xu* J, Tutlam NT, Snyder A, Benzinger T, Shimony J, Shepherd J, Trinkaus K, Cross AH, Song SK. Disability in optic neuritis correlates with diffusion tensor-derived directional diffusivities. Neurology 2009 Feb; 72(7): 589-94.
Xu J, Shimony JS, Klawiter EC, Snyder AZ, Trinkaus K, Naismith RT, Benzinger TL, Cross AH, Song SK. Improved in vivo diffusion tensor imaging of human cervical spinal cord. NeuroImage 2013 Feb; 67(15): 64-76.
Naismith RT, Xu J, Klawiter EC, Lancia S, Tutlam NT, Wagner JM, Qian P, Trinkaus K, Song SK, Cross AH. Spinal cord tract diffusion tensor imaging reveals disability substrate in demyelinating disease. Neurology 2013 Jun; 80(24): 2201-9.
Uğurbil K, Xu J, Auerbach EJ, Moeller S, Vu AT, Duarte-Carvajalino JM, Lenglet C, Wu X, Schmitter S, Van de Moortele PF, Strupp J, Sapiro G, De Martino F, Wang D, Harel N, Garwood M, Chen L, Feinberg DA, Smith SM, Miller KL, Sotiropoulos SN, Jbabdi S, Andersson JL, Behrens TE, Glasser MF, Van Essen DC, Yacoub E. Pushing spatial and temporal resolution for functional and diffusion MRI in the Human Connectome Project. NeuroImage 2013 Oct; 80: 80-104.
Chang ST, Xu J, Trinkaus K, Pekmezci M, Arthur SN, Song SK, Barnett EM. Optic nerve diffusion tensor imaging parameters and their correlation with optic disc topography and disease severity in adult glaucoma patients and controls. Journal of glaucoma 2014; 23(8): 513-20.
Ely BA, Xu J, Goodman WK, Lapidus KA, Gabbay V, Stern ER. Resting-state functional connectivity of the human habenula in healthy individuals: Associations with subclinical depression. Human brain mapping 2016 Jul; 37(7): 2369-84.