Faculty and Staff

W Brooks William (Bill) Brooks, Ph.D., Director
Department of Neurology
913-588-9075, wbrooks@kumc.edu
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Dr. Brooks was awarded his Ph.D. by Griffith University in Australia. His research work focused on technique development in MR spectroscopy with a specific focus on biological systems. He built on this in post-doctoral work during which he designed and patented one of the first techniques for spatially localized spectroscopy to be employed in humans. In 1991, he joined the Center for Non-Invasive Diagnosis (now MIND Imaging Center) at the University of New Mexico and spent the next decade applying MR imaging and spectroscopy to the study of injury and disease. These studies have shown that biological markers of brain metabolism can predict cognitive function in both normal brain function and in disease. Dr Brooks’ specific research interests include normal function and recovery from traumatic brain injury. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 patents, and is funded to study traumatic brain injury.


I Choi In-Young Choi, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
913-588-0174, ichoi@kumc.edu

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Dr. Choi received her Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of Minnesota. After her postdoctoral training at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota, she continued her research in the Department of Medical Physics at the Nathan Kline Institute as a senior research scientist and also served as a Section Leader for MR Spectroscopy at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging. Dr. Choi’s research focuses largely on in vivo brain energy metabolism using noninvasive neuroimaging techniques. The primary focus of Dr. Choi’s current research is development of novel magnetic resonance techniques to provide quantitative assessment of regional distribution of neurotransmitters and antioxidants in the brain and its application to clinical research to understand the role of oxidative stress in aging, neurological and psychiatric disorders.

K Gustafson Kathleen Gustafson, Ph.D., Director of Fetal Magnetoencephalography
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
913-588-0065, kgustafson@kumc.edu

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Dr. Gustafson was awarded a Ph.D. in Visual Electrophysiology in 1994 for describing abnormalities in retinal signal processing in human subjects with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and mouse models with dystrophin mutations. This work led to the co-discovery of a new dystrophin isoform found only in retina (Dp260). Prior to joining the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, she was the Director of the Vision Science Laboratory at The Children's Mercy Hospital and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitative Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine for nineteen years. She is the Director of the Hoglund Prenatal Evaluation Laboratory (HOPE) and Interim Director of the Cortical Magnetoencephalography Laboratory. She is also responsible for research investigations related to Vision Science. Dr. Gustafson was awarded 3 patents for her involvement in a multi-center trial that showed the nutritional content of a new premature infant formula was essential for optimal infant visual development and 2 patents for her work on a dystrophin transgene. She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, co-authored 3 book chapters and was the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded randomized clinical trial designed to study the effects of maternal DHA supplementation on fetal cardiac autonomic control.


J Harris Janna Harris, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
913-588-9076, jharris2@kumc.edu

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Dr. Harris received her PhD in Neurobiology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Her doctoral research focused on the role of specific extracellular matrix proteoglycans in adaptive synaptic plasticity following brain trauma. Dr. Harris joined the team at Hoglund in 2008 as a postdoctoral fellow. She recently accepted a faculty position at HBIC and KUMC's  department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. She is currently investigating pathophysiologic mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in models, evaluating the effectiveness of targeted therapies using magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy along with behavioral and anatomical endpoints.


S Lee Phil Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
913-588-0454, plee2@kumc.edu

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Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences and Medical Physics from University of Minnesota. His research topic was the physiological bases of functional MRI signals. Dr. Lee completed his postdoctoral training at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research in University of Minnesota. His research continued at the Nathan Kline Institute as a senior research scientist and focused on the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease using MRI by visualizing ß-amyloid plaques in the brain. Dr. Lee’s current research interests include the characterization and understanding of biological processes in the brain in vivo at the cellular and molecular level using magnetic resonance. Dr. Lee also works on the development of novel MR imaging techniques for early diagnosis and identification of changes in functional and physiological aspects of neurodegenerative diseases during the disease progression.

L Martin Laura Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Associate Director of Functional MRI
Department of Preventive Medicine
913-588-7279, lmartin2@kumc.edu

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Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience from Rice University. Her training included coursework in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. In addition, she has attended the Dartmouth Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience and MGH’s Functional MRI Visiting Fellowship. Dr. Martin’s graduate work focused on the neural systems of reward processing and individual differences related to impulsivity. Specifically, her doctoral dissertation, which was funded by a predoctoral NRSA training fellowship, examined both event-related potentials (ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as related to reward prediction and action-monitoring among high and low impulsive college students. This line of research is currently being expanded to clinical populations with impulse control disorders such as nicotine addiction and obesity. Dr. Martin’s research has been presented at meetings of the Society of Psychophysiological Research and Cognitive Neuroscience meetings.

A Bruce Amanda Bruce, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, (Affiliated Faculty)
Department of Pediatrics
913-588-9070, abruce@kumc.edu

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Dr. Bruce received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University after completing an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Currently, Dr. Bruce is doing research related to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and childhood obesity. Her interests also include neuroeconomics and neuromarketing of food-related stimuli. Clinically, Dr. Bruce has experience with psychoeducational and cognitive-behavioral interventions in a wide variety of patient populations (i.e. obesity, mood disorders, anxiety disorders).


Postgraduate Fellows

Peter, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Senior Research Associate
913-588-9070, padany@kumc.edu

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Dr. Adany received his PhD of Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 2012. His doctoral research focused on development of biomedical imaging techniques for nonlinear optical spectroscopy. Dr. Adany joined Hoglund Brain Imaging Center in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research interests center on developing new signal processing strategies for magnetic resonance spectroscopy/imaging (MRS/MRI). The aim of his research is to develop innovative signal processing techniques that will allow quantitative measurement of tissue-specific brain metabolism and physiological processes in the living human brain to advance our understanding of disease processes and the efficacy of treatments.

Ke Liao Ke Liao, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
913-588-4373, kliao@kumc.edu

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Dr. Liao received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Sichuan University, China in 2006. His PhD dissertation research work was supported by the Chinese National Science Foundation. After that, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. Before joining Hoglund Brain Imaging Center KUMC in 2012, he finished his postdoctoral research work at University of Oklahoma in computational neuroscience. He is membership of Chinese Association for System Simulation and IEEE. The focuses of his research are on the design of novel cortical source reconstruction algorithms for MEG/EEG inverse problems and the design of human-brain interface. He is currently working on the event-related potentials (ERP) responses of children with different levels of nutrition.

Ke Liao Chu Yu Lee, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
913-588-0060, clee5@kumc.edu

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Dr. Chu-Yu received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. His PhD work focused on developing robust, high resolution diffusion weighting imaging (DWI) techniques. He then did his postdoctoral training at Medical University of South Carolina. He investigated microstructural abnormalities in diseases by using one of  the advanced biophysical models of DWI. He is currently doing his second postdoctoral training at Hoglund. He is developing Fluorine-19 MR spectroscopy to measure antidepressant and antipsychotic drug levels in the brain with a goal for optimize pediatric drug-specific dosing algorithms. His research interests include MR imaging methodology, biophysical modeling, and clinical applications.

Graduate students

Research Support personnel

F Hunsinger Franklin Hunsinger R.T. ® (MR) ARRT
913-588-9090, fhunsinger@kumc.edu

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Frank graduated from the U.S. Army's X-Ray School in 1991, were he spent 16 years working for an Orthopaedic group doing X-rays and MRIs. He spent the last three years working for mobile MRI companies performing MRIs for the military and a veteran’s hospital. Frank is affiliated with ARRT and ASRT. He joined HBIC in 2010 and is currently involved in research MRI scans.

Rebecca  Lepping Rebecca Lepping, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
913-588-0287, rlepping@kumc.edu

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Dr. Lepping received her doctoral degree in cognitive psychology at the University of Kansas in 2013, and was a graduate research assistant at the Center for Health Behavior Neuroscience at KUMC. She holds a Master of Arts degree in psychology of music (2004) from the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England, and a Master of Arts degree in piano performance (2008) from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music. During her research career, she has been involved in a variety of neuroimaging studies of obesity, traumatic brain injury, and memory in aging musicians. Her dissertation work used music as an affective probe to study the neural basis of emotion processing in depression and other psychiatric disorders. She uses both fMRI and ERP methodologies in her research in affective neuroscience, studying emotion by examining the cognitive and affective etiology and symptomatology of depression. She is currently exploring additional neuroimaging and data analytic techniques, including arterial spin labeling (ASL), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and brain morphometry (VBM).

Sheri Copeland, RN,BSN,CCRP., Nurse and Study Coordinator
913-588-0060, scopeland@kumc.edu

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Sheri received her BSN from Bethel College, North Newton, KS and holds a Bachelor of Business Science, Business Management from University of Colorado, Denver, Colarado.  She has been in nursing for over 12 years in the area of general surgery, neurology, nephrology, and geriatrics.  Sheri has been involved in pharmaceutical and investigator initiated research studies for over 5 years.  Sheri is a member of Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and holds a nationally recognized research certificate (CCRP) from the Society of Clinical Research Associates.  She has completed KUMC's Leadership Development program "the Jayhawkway" and is a charter member of the KUMC's Toastmasters International Club.

Vlad Papa

Vlad Papa, B.A., Research Assistant

913-588-0173, vpapa@kumc.edu 

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Vlad received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas in December 2010. He focused on brain function and behavior and was the first Undergraduate Research Assistant to complete the entire process of creating a study through data analysis at Hoglund. Vlad joined HBIC in January 2011. He is responsible for assisting Dr. Martin with tasks involving her research: such as programming, recruiting participants, and analyzing data.

Allan Schmitt, R.T., (R) (MR), Laboratory Director

913-588-9070, aschmitt@kumc.edu 

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Allan graduated with Honors from Houston Community College with an AAS in Radiography. He has over 20 years experience ranging from Level 1 trauma to clinical research and drug trials. Allan is affiliated with ARRT, ASRT, ISMRM, and Phi Theta Kappa.

Erica Sherry Erica Sherry, BS.,  Research Assistant
913-588-9070, esherry@kumc.edu

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Administrative personnel

Justine Karungi Justine Karungi, MBA, FACHE, Assistant Director
913-588-9067, jkarungi@kumc.edu

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Justine received a Bachelors degree in Statistics and Quantitative Economics and has an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri. She directs the operational, administrative, financial, human resources and research administration functions of the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center. Justine is leading several strategic planning initiatives and process improvement efforts at HBIC. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is involved in several institutional and professional leadership and service activities, including serving on the mentoring committee for the ACHE (KAHCE chapter) and the National Council for University Research Administrators (NCURA). She previously served as Vice Chair for KUMC's School of Medicine Administrators' committee and currently provides administrative support for KUMC's Moms in Medicine and Science (MIMS), a sub-group of Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS)

M Thorp Melinda King, Administrative Assistant

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Melinda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Psychology from Sterling College in 2005. She joined HBIC in 2009 and currently works as an Administrative Assistant where she assists with the Center’s various administrative functions, including processing purchasing requisitions, faculty and staff travel and reimbursements.


Last modified: Oct 22, 2015