Shaolin Yang PhD

Research Associate Professor in Psychiatry Radiology and Bioengineering
Director of Neuro Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Psychiatry

Dr. Yang received training in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) at Cornell University Weill Medical College, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institutes of Health (NIH), respectively, where he developed new 1H MR spectroscopy methods (including optimized 1D spectroscopy, 2D J-resolved spectroscopy and correlation spectroscopy, and spectral editing) to noninvasively measure neurotransmitters Glutamate and GABA and other metabolites such as Glutamine and Glutathione in study of normal brain function, neurological and psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, HIV, and type 2 diabetes. He also developed methods in real-time functional MRI (fMRI) for neurofeedback, magnetization transfer (MT) imaging to examine the integrity of white matter and gray matter, perfusion MRI for measurement of cerebral blood flow and volume, resting-state fMRI methods to study functional connectivity, and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) to probe microstructural abnormalities of white matter tracts in the brain. The goal is to integrate these multimodal neuroimaging approaches (MRS, MT, fMRI, and DWI) to study brain function and develop efficient therapies for treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, HIV, and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Yang moved from NIDA/NIH to UIC at the end of 2009.

PHONE:(312) 413-3818 EMAIL:shaolin@uic.edu