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Qawi Telesford, Ph.D.

Qawi Telesford, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Center for Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation

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Dr. Telesford began his research career at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he conducted research characterizing the function of dopamine transporters. As an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, he shifted his research focus to medical imaging, working on a project coregistering MRI and fMRI images for deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease patients. He continued his studies in medical imaging at Columbia University, where he received a master's in biomedical engineering.

After receiving his master's, he worked at the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, NM as a software engineer and research assistant on various neuroimaging studies. During his graduate career, he attended Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University where he pursued a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Laurienti and Dr. James Daunais. His research focused on graph brain networks applied to an alcoholism self-adminstration model in non-human primates. During the course of this research, he became interested in network dynamics as a model to understand how the brain changes over time. He would later pursue this research as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied dynamic network community structure in human fMRI neuroimaging data. As a research scientist in NKI’s Center for Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation, Dr. Telesford is conducting research on simultaneous EEG-fMRI, complex network analysis, and the application of these methods to humans and nonhuman primates.