Evan Daniel Morris PhD

Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, of Biomedical Engineering and of Psychiatry; Co-director for Imaging, Yale PET Center

Biographical Info

Professor Morris specializes in using kinetic modeling to extract physiological information from dynamic PET images. His current projects include
a. relating occupancy of neuroreceptors by medications to medication efficacy
b. relating neurotransmitter dynamics to drug-seeking behavior
c. understanding medication efficacy through its effect on neurotransmitter dynamics
d. developing new models of temporal patterns in PET data as biomarkers of disease and risk
e. developing metrics for assessing the accuracy and precision of parametric images

Morris and his group continue to refine mathematical and statistical aspects of their techniques for extracting transient neurotransmitter fluctuations induced by drugs or behaviors from dynamic PET data. The end-product of these modeling/image processing techniques are minute-by-minute "movies" of neurotransmitter release in the brain. Recent papers in Neuroimage by Morris et al., (2010) and Normandin et al (2011) demonstrate the work.

Education & Training

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983)
Case Western Reserve Univ (1991)
Postdoctoral fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital, PET/Radiological Sciences (1992 - 1995)

Honors & Recognition

  • Graduate Mentor of the Year (Natural Sciences)
    Yale Graduate School (2013)

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