Faculty and Staff
Abhijit Chaudhari, Ph.D.
Professor of Radiology
Director, Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging Center; Interim Director, Imaging Research Center
Dr. Chaudhari is the Interim Director of the IRC. In this capacity, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center to ensure that IRC users can conduct high quality MRI studies.
Audrey Fan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Audrey Fan is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering and imaging physicist. She currently co-leads the Imaging Core for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UC Davis Health. At the IRC, her goal is to bridge engineers with clinicians and scientists to advance neuroimaging technology and promote brain health across the human lifespan.
Youngkyoo Jung, Ph.D.
Professor of Radiology
Dr. Jung is a Professor in the Department of Radiology and a board-certified medical physicist with the American Board of Radiology (Diagnostic Medical Physics) and the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert). His academic work has primarily centered on developing novel structural and functional neuroimaging techniques. At the Imaging Research Center (IRC), his objective is to ensure the quality of MRI studies and to resolve technical issues for IRC users.
Christine Wu Nordahl
Christine Wu Nordahl, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Christine Wu Nordahl, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research program utilizes structural and functional MRI to study brain development in autism across the life span. Since 2006, she has spear-headed neuroimaging efforts of the UC Davis MIND Institute Autism Phenome Project, a longitudinal, interdisciplinary study aimed at identifying clinically meaningful subtypes of autism. She utilizes innovative methods to acquire MRI scans in infants and toddlers during natural sleep. She is also committed to increasing inclusion of autistic individuals with intellectual disability in neuroimaging research.
Costin Tanase, Ph.D.
Dr. Tanase is a Physicist with over 12 years of experience working in MRI Centers. He came to UC Davis after being on the faculty of a highly sophisticated imaging center at University of Pittsburgh with 4 Siemens scanners. At the IRC, Dr. Tanase is directly involved in the setup, operation, and maintenance of the upgraded MRI system. He is an expert in the physics of MR, MR clinical and research protocol development, and custom pulse sequence development. For IRC research projects, he provides image quality control, development of advanced imaging protocols and new pulse sequences, and general MR technological leadership.
Chief MRI Technologist
MR Safety Officer
James Wallis, the IRC MRI Specialist, supervises daily operations on all MR systems. He schedules and coordinates MRI system time for the research projects, provides intensive one-on-one training and daily oversight to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty operating the MRI system and operating the associated stimulus presentation and physiological monitoring equipment. He reports image quality problems directly to Siemens, as well as to the IRC Technical Director and project PIs.
He is responsible for MRI Safety and MRI Operator training.
Scott Martin, the IRC Systems Administrator, is responsible for the operation of all computers used at the IRC, including computers used for stimulus presentation during fMRI scans, eye-tracking and physiological monitoring, and image archival, retrieval, and processing. He maintains the server infrastructure needed for storage, backup, and analysis of imaging data. He also trains graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the methods necessary for handling data output and will provide troubleshooting expertise for any computer-related technical difficulties. He created and maintains the IRC Calendar web application for scheduling scanners and tracking billing, and runs a number of other web sites for labs, faculty members, and research projects.
Dennis Thompson, the IRC Programmer, is responsible for helping researchers with designing and coding scripts for data collection and analysis. He also maintains much of the auxiliary equipment used by the IRC, and provides training in its use. Dennis also designs and builds custom hardware for use in the scanner.
Chief Administrative Officer
Michele serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Imaging Research Center and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, providing overall management for all the administrative, strategic planning, financial planning, human resources, pre- and post- award research management, and logistics of both centers.
Gabrielle serves as the Research Administrator of the Imaging Research Center and Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. She manages research and operating funds and assists the CAO with financial planning for both centers.
Executive Assistant to the Director
Stephanie Chavez provides executive level support to the Director of the Imaging Research Center, and is also responsible for providing financial and analytical support to the Imaging Research Center. Ms. Chavez began her career at the UC Davis Medical Center in 2012 with the Department of Family and Community Medicine as a Finance/Residency program assistant. Stephanie graduated from UC Davis in 1993 with a B.A. in Psychology and previously worked in social services serving Sacramento County.