Center for Imaging Research

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Meet the Team

At the Medical College of Wisconsin, we believe that interdisciplinary collaboration generates cutting-edge research. The team that will be working with you consists of highly skilled, seasoned experts from the Departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Biophysics.


Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, is a Professor of Biophysics, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Medicine and the Director of the Center for Imaging Research. He has extensive experience and publications related to the clinical applications of fMRI and resting-state functional connectivity MRI (R-fMRI). During the last 15 years, he, in collaboration with national and international experts, has developed fMRI and R-fMRI technology and applied it to study anesthesia, drug addiction, and Alzheimer’s disease along with fMRI application to neuropharmacology. He and Dr. Hudetz co-published three articles related to the fMRI/R-fMRI methods focusing on anesthesia and consciousness in 2011.

Anthony G. Hudetz, DBM, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Hudetz has four decades of research experience and authored more than 120 publications. He has gained national and international reputation for his work in the field of cerebrovascular physiology, neurophysiology, and anesthetic mechanisms. He has made substantial original discoveries related to the mechanisms of resting-state physiological fluctuations underlying brain functional connectivity and the anesthetic modulation of consciousness. His research has been funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) for the last 12 years. In 2011, he sponsored the 8th International Meeting on Memory and Awareness in Anesthesia in Milwaukee.

Kathryn K. Lauer, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. She serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Director of Quality Assurance for the Department of Anesthesiology. She is the Medical Director for this project. She has expertise in clinical anesthesiology and research. Together with the other team members on the project, she will perform medical and physical examinations and interpret laboratory tests. She is responsible for all anesthesia procedures. Dr. Lauer coauthored six articles with the team.

Jeffrey R. Binder, MD, is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology; Cellular Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy; and Biophysics. He serves as  the Director of the Stroke and Neurobehavior Programs, and Director of the Language Imaging Laboratory. He is a cognitive neuroscientist with 20 years of research experience and expertise in all aspects of fMRI. He has published extensively on auditory, speech perception and semantic integration processes, which will be the foci of the fMRI studies.

Xiaolin Liu, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Biophysics. He earned his doctorate in biomedical imaging processing from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University. He joined the Li laboratory in 2009. He has a strong educational background in imaging processing and neuroscience, comprehensive computer programming skills, as well as research experience. He has been a first author of several published articles related to fMRI applications to human consciousness and anesthesia research. In this project, his primary responsibility will involve all aspects of the acquired fMRI/R-fMRI data.

Robert S. Rohloff, BS, is a Research Assistant in the Department of Neurology. He earned a bachelor of arts in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2012. He is in charge of scheduling for the MEG scanner at Froedtert Hospital and is responsible for developing the tone and name tasks used in this experiment. Rob will also be interviewing participants in order to introduce them to the study and collect information for use during the tasks.

Carrie M. O’Connor, MA, has worked as an Editorial Assistant and Study Coordinator in the Department of Biophysics since 2005. She copy edits federal grant proposals, manuscripts and Institutional Review Board documents. She has experience in the compliance of Institutional Review Board procedures and policies. In this project, she will answer potential subjects’ initial questions. She will facilitate in the screening process.
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