Wei Gao, PhD
Director, Neuroimaging Research; Co-Associate Director, Biomedical Imaging Research Institute; Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Imaging, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
As Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Imaging, Director of the Neuroimaging Program and Associate Director of the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute (BIRI) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Gao’s research has been focusing on neuroimaging study of normal/diseased brain mechanisms and early brain development. His work has been continuously funded by multiple NIH U01, R01, R21, and R34 grants. Dr. Gao’s findings on the dynamic brain organizations under different brain states and diseased conditions, as well as on the emerging brain functional system and alterations associated with different risk factors, were published in over 70 peer-reviewed papers from leading journals including Nature Human Behavior, PNAS, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroscience, among others. He is a site Principal Investigator for the Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) study to longitudinally follow >7500 mother-child dyads from pregnancy to around 9 years of age with comprehensive MRI, EEG, behavioral, biospecimen, and environmental assessment. Dedicated in the neuroimaging study of different brain diseases/disorders and early brain development, Dr. Gao’s goal is to leverage advanced neuroimaging techniques for better diagnosis and treatment of mental/developmental disorders.