Rochester, Minnesota




The research interests of Paul H. Min, Ph.D., focus on how dysfunctional brain networks affect neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Min specializes in multimodal neuroimaging methods that model neurotransmitter dynamics — for example, electrochemistry — and functional brain connectivity modeling such as MRI, SPECT and PET imaging. Dr. Min has an additional research interest in how the basal ganglia's motor, limbic and associative functions relate to higher cognitive processes and the concept of the mind.

Focus areas

  • Breathing study. Dr. Min explores how respiration affects global brain circulation and function, including how various breathing methods can improve oxygen delivery and waste removal in the brain.
  • Early detection of dementia. Dr. Min uses new-generation digital silicon-photomultiplier molecular imaging PET systems and target-specific radioisotopes to detect early dementia markers in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
  • Neuromodulation. Dr. Min works on translational projects that use central and peripheral electrical stimulation to induce neural network changes in motor and psychiatric disorders.

Significance to patient care

Brain health, cognition and consciousness could be improved by studying how behavior, environment, mind and mindset affect each other. Dr. Min's goal is to provide an understanding of how the brain works and provide self-awareness of a healthier and more meaningful life.

Professional highlights

  • Team Science Award, Mayo Clinic, 2016.


Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Radiology
  2. Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  3. Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


  1. Post Doctoral Fellowship - Neural Engineering Lab Mayo Clinic
  2. Post Doctoral Fellowship - Non-invasive Brain Imaging Lab Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology
  3. PhD - Biomedical Engineering University of California - Irvine
  4. MS - Biomedical Engineering University of California - Irvine
  5. BS - Biotechnology Yonsei University

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