Neuroimaging

The Neural Engineering Laboratory's Neuroimaging Team is applying advanced imaging techniques, including functional MRI and positron emission tomography (PET), to identify global circuit changes in the brain during deep brain stimulation (DBS) with the goal of identifying potential biomarkers for DBS feedback mechanisms.

Meet the team

  • Hang Joon Jo, Ph.D.
    • Project Leader
    • Dr. Jo is an assistant professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and holds an appointment in the Department of Neurologic Surgery. He received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Hanyang University in South Korea and finished his postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He also worked for the NIMH as a research fellow. His research interests center on brain-imaging methods for understanding the neuroscientific mechanisms of deep brain stimulation.
  • MyungHo In, Ph.D.
    • Senior Engineer
    • Dr. In is a magnetic resonance physicist. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biomedical engineering at the University of Kyung Hee in South Korea and completed his doctorate in physics from Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany. Dr. In is currently focused on MRI safety in patients with implanted DBS systems and on MRI-guided DBS targeting.
  • Shinho Cho, Ph.D.
    • Research Fellow
    • Dr. Cho has been a research fellow in the Neural Engineering Lab at Mayo Clinic since 2015. He was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He has an interdisciplinary background that includes a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a Master of Science and doctorate in cognitive and brain psychology.

      Dr. Cho's primary research area is human behavioral and perceptual measurement and behavioral modeling in normal and clinical populations. He is interested in developing new fMRI analysis techniques, such as multivoxel pattern analysis that could elucidate the correlational or causal relationship between changes in brain activity and cognitive and behavioral alternation.

  • Lindsey G. Andres-Beck
    • Predoctoral Student
    • Lindsey Andres-Beck is a graduate student in the Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics doctoral track at Mayo Graduate School. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a concentration in neuroscience.

      After graduating from St. Olaf College, Lindsey spent a year studying induced pluripotent stem cells in a student program at Mayo Clinic before enrolling in Mayo Graduate School and joining the Neural Engineering Lab. Her current research interests focus on using pharmaceutical agents to better understand the circuit effect mechanisms behind the therapeutic efficacy of deep brain stimulation.

  • Christine A. Edwards
    • Doctoral Student
    • Christine Edwards joined the Department of Defense as an electrical engineer upon completing a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. With more than 20 years of professional experience, she has held a variety of developer, researcher and technical advisory positions, while also earning a Master of Science in electrical engineering and in applied biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

      Currently, Christine is a division chief in the Department of Defense, leading a diverse team of applied mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers in investigating and developing large-scale analytics to transform data into actionable information. At the same time, she is a doctoral candidate at Deakin University in Australia and conducts research through the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory, where she has an appointment as a visiting graduate student.

  • William S. Gibson, Ph.D.
    • Medical Student
    • Dr. Gibson completed a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he conducted research in immunology in the laboratory of Dr. David Baltimore. After entering medical school, Dr. Gibson's interests shifted toward the neurosciences, and his doctoral thesis work in the Mayo Graduate School Neurobiology of Disease Program was aimed at investigating changes in brain connectivity that accompany the therapeutic and adverse effects of deep brain stimulation.