NIAAA@Work

Laboratory of Neuroimaging

MRI Room A person sitting at a desk with a computer

Ehsan Shokri Kojori, Ph.D., a Research Fellow in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Laboratory of Neuroimaging, seeks to understand how autonomic activity that controls vital body functions, such as blood pressure and breathing, affects brain networks and how that information relates to substance misuse and neuropsychiatric disorders. His work involves looking deep into the human brain using tools such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging. On the left, Dr. Shokri Kojori is pictured with an individual being prepared for an MRI scan, which creates detailed images of the brain. On the right, he reviews brain maps created from several MRI and PET scans. This information allows him to characterize the associations between brain structure, chemistry, and function.