Benzinger Lab

Our People

Trevor J. Andrews, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Tammie L.S. Benzinger, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiology
Matthew R. Brier, MD, PhD
Instructor in Neurology
Gloria J. Guzmán Pérez-Carrillo, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Nicole S. McKay, PhD
Instructor in Radiology
Qing Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Diana A. Hobbs, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Saurabh Jindal, MD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Nicole S. McKay, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Applications Technician
Sarah Keefe

Clinical Research Coordinator
Alicia Craycroft
LaKisha Lloyd
Jayashree Rajamanickam
Lauren Sandner

Clinical Research Specialist
Nancy Hantler
Kelly Jackson

Clinical Trials Manager
Joyce Nicklaus, RN

Imaging Project Manager
Russ Hornbeck

Neuroimaging Engineer
Shaney Flores

Project Manager
Christine Pulizos

Regulatory Support & Compliance Manager
Deborah Koudelis

Research Lab Manager
Steve Jarman

Research Technician
Maya Martinko
Jalen Scott
Rohan Sharma
Hunter Smith
Deepa Thakuri
Norah Vii

Senior Scientist
Gengsheng Chen, PhD
Parinaz Massoumzadeh, PhD

Staff Scientist

Graduate Students
Charlie Chen
Stephanie Doering
Austin McCullough

Clinical Advanced Neuroimaging Fellowship

The Knight Alzheimer’s Research Imaging (KARI) Program at Washington University School of Medicine is seeking MD or MD/PhD candidates for a Clinical Research Fellowship in Neuroimaging. 

The KARI fellow will conduct translational imaging research and clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease. This includes clinical training in the diagnosis and evaluation of dementia using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), as well as didactic and experiential training in imaging research methods, imaging biomarkers in clinical trials of dementia, and ethical conduct of research. Fellows will gain knowledge in the basic and clinical science of dementia and neurodegeneration, MRI and PET physics, and experience with novel PET tracers in neurodegeneration, including molecular imaging with both metabolic, amyloid, and tau agents. Special emphasis will be on the role of imaging biomarkers in clinical trials, including study design, human subjects protection, and regulatory submissions for human studies. In addition to imaging of dementia, the KARI Program is closely linked to world-renowned collaborators involved in clinical, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker, informatics, and genetics research in Alzheimer’s disease. Fellows are encouraged to be involved in these collaborations in order to develop their own expertise and independent research.

Fellows are encouraged to take courses from the Washington University Clinical Research Training Center with an opportunity to pursue a Graduate Certificate or Masters Degree. Up to 50% tuition reimbursement is provided. Travel to present research at one national or international meeting (up to $2000) is provided. For fellows who have completed an ACGME accredited residency or fellowship, up to 33% clinical effort may potentially be arranged.

  • Interested in pursuing a career in Alzheimer’s disease research for a one-to-two year commitment
  • Research must be conducted within a two-year time frame with reportable findings
  • Graduate of an ACGME-accredited training program (radiology, nuclear medicine, neurology, pathology or psychiatry preferred)
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or J1 visa
  • Have a valid U.S. medical license

Interested candidates can email their CV to Tammie Benzinger, MD, PhD.

Student Opportunities

Students in the Benzinger Lab receive training in the diagnosis and evaluation of dementia or brain tumors using quantitative imaging with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), as well as didactic and experiential training in imaging research methods, imaging biomarkers and ethical conduct of research.

Students are expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings and to formally present their research to the Neuroimaging Labs Research Center (NIL-RC) at the conclusion of their research block.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are accepted through Washington University’s Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences  and McKelvey School of Engineering.

One-year and two-year positions are available for medical students or recent undergraduates. Students are encouraged to take classes from the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, leading to a masters degree or certificate.

Interested candidates can email their CV to Russ Hornbeck.

Summer students participate in the Summer Program of Imaging in Neuroscience (SPIN) discussion series. SPIN started as a Benzinger Lab journal club in 2013 and has evolved into a weekly series of discussions and guest lectures.

  • Applications are accepted in January and February, with selection taking place in March and April
  • Academic year positions for the fall semester are filled first from within the pool of summer students
  • Lab rotations for the spring term are available preferentially to students continuing from the previous term or students who have been accepted for the summer program
  • Priority is given to students who have previously worked in the lab and to students who have external funding

Potential sources of funding include: MIR Summer Research Program, Siteman Cancer Center Summer Program, DBBS Summer Program, BioSURF, uSTAR, and MSTAR.

If you are an interested candidate or for more information, email your CV to Russ Hornbeck.

Job Opportunities

Visit the Opportunities page to find open positions.

To be considered for future openings, email your CV to Tammie Benzinger, MD, PhD.

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