About Us

The Imaging Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin is dedicated to serve as a center of excellence in imaging science and technology through intensive interactions with academe, industry, government, and other laboratories in the US and abroad. The research problems addressed at the IRC are for the public good and include cognitive brain functions as associated with training and performance, investigation of the underlying factors associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, understanding brain functions as they relate to addiction, and multiple other biological processes which are appropriate for study using MRI. Researchers are also developing new fMRI and MRI techniques and procedures. This research is conducted in a newly constructed lab specifically for this purpose.

Russell Poldrack, Ph.D.

Russell Poldrack, Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Poldrack received his PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Illinois, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford. He held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and UCLA before moving to the University of Texas in 2009.  His research uses a range of neuroimaging techniques to examine the brain systems involved in learning and memory, decision making, and executive control.  He has received awards from the American Psychological Association and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping for his research contributions.Office phone: 512-232-9504 E-mail:  URL: http://www.poldracklab.org/
Jeffrey Luci, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Luci, Ph.D.

Technical Director

Jeff Luci received his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.  While in graduate school at the University of Iowa, he worked on projects that focused on the development of combination CT and MRI contrast agents. It was during that time that he was introduced to MR physics and imaging.  After completing his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry, he accepted an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in cancer imaging at Vanderbilt University.  His research included projects in neuroimaging, Dynamic Contrast Enhanced (DCE) MRI, polymer gel dosimetry, relaxation mechanism elucidation, relaxomics, and nuclear magnetic resonance physics.  After accepting a faculty position in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, he was responsible for the development of pulse sequences, imaging protocols, and MR hardware and electronics for the Center for Small Animal Imaging.  In April of 2009, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin and the Imaging Research Center.Office phone: 512-471-8505 E-mail: 
Jeffrey Luci, Ph.D.

J. Neal Rutledge, M.D., FACR

Medical Director

J. Neal Rutledge received his Bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry in 1976 from the University of Oklahoma focusing on NMR in the isolation and synthesis of natural products. He also completed his MD at the University of Oklahoma in 1980 which included a clerkship in metabolic disease at the Imperial College of Medicine in London. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City in 1984 and went on to do a fellowship in neuroradiology and neurointerventional surgery at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University, helping develop protocols on the first clinical 1.5T magnet in the United States. While at Columbia he did research on MR imaging of movement disorders. In 1989 he moved to Austin and went into private practice helping develop the first 1.5T medical imaging center in central Texas. Since then as adjunct faculty at UT he has done research with Lee Willerman on MRI imaging and IQ, with Erin Bigler on TBI and Tim Schallert on brain iron, parkinsonism, and stroke. He was one of the initiators of the Imaging Research Center and currently does research on the diagnosis and treatment of acute ischemic stroke.Office phone: 512-926-3876 E-mail:

Yu Cai, M.D.

Magnetic Resonance Physicist

Mr. Yu Cai obtained his Master's degree in MRI physics at Wake Forest University. Then he worked at the University of North Carolina and was a postdoctorl research associate at Oregon Health Science University. In 2012, Yu moved to the Imaging Research Center (IRC), University of Texas at Austin as the MRI physcist. His major responsibilities are to assist users develop state of the art imaging protocols, train users on the operation of GE, Siemens and Bruker MRI scanners, write MR imaging and spectroscopy pulse sequences, and develop MATLAB post-processing scripts for numerous imaging applications.Office phone: 512-232-5957 E-mail: 

Mithra Sathishkumar

Data Analyst

Mithra can help analyze your data and interpret the results. Contact her for help using fMRI software and general technical issues related to image and data analysis.Office phone: 512-232-5725 E-mail: 

Joy Smyrson

Office Manager

Joy manages all the administrative duties. She can help you with billing and procedural questions.Office phone: 512-232-4203 E-mail: 

Chad Cumba

Software Engineer

Chad manages the XNAT instance and data flow from the scanner to TACC. Contact for help with data availability, processing, and analysis issues. E-mail: chad.cumba@mail.utexas.edu

Affiliated Researchers

  • ..WebsiteJennifer S. Beer, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor Department of Psychology Institute of Neuroscience
  • Email..Christopher Beevers, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • EmailFaculty ProfileWebsiteBharath Chandrasekaran, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Jessica Church, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • Email.WebsiteLawrence K. Cormak, Ph.D.
    Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • ..WebsiteAndreana Haley, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • ..WebsiteAlex Huk, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Neuroscience
    Department of Psychology
  • EmailFaculty ProfileWebsiteJarrod Lewis-Peacock, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Jeffrey Luci, Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Neuroscience
  • Email..Jeanette A. Mumford, Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • EmailFaculty ProfileWebsiteRussell A. Poldrack, Ph.D.
    Professor
    Department of Psychology
    Department of Neuroscience
  • Email.WebsiteAlison Preston, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychology
    Department of Neuroscience
  • ..WebsiteDavid Schnyer, Ph.D.
    Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • ..WebsiteJames Sulzer, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Mechanical Engineering