Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.

Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 648
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-7328

Professional Bio

Dr. Tivarus received her BS (1997) and MS (1998) in Physics from the University of Bucharest, Romania. She received her PhD in Biophysics in 2006 from the Ohio State University, where she was trained in MRI and brain imaging. She then joined the Department of Imaging Sciences at University of Rochester as a postdoctoral fellow/instructor in Radiology and was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2008. She established the clinical Functional MRI (fMRI) program at the Medical Center, with patient services highly regarded by several departments including Neurology and Neurosurgery. She is in charge of optimization and supervision of clinical MR Spectroscopy protocols (brain), MRI QA/QC testing, ACR (American College of Radiology) accreditation and acceptance testing and provides physics support for the two MRI systems at University Imaging at Science Park and University Imaging Penfield.

She also has an appointment with the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging, where she provides assistance to investigators as well as training and supervision of graduate students doing neuroimaging research. Dr. Tivarus gives neuroimaging lectures to Radiology medical residents and co-teaches an MRI class for graduate students enrolled in Cognitive Science, Physics and Neuroscience programs.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship | The Ohio State University 2004
Fellowship, Summer Workshop in fMRI Informatics | Dartmouth College 2004
Hazel Brown Teaching Award | The Ohio State University 2001
Academic merit scholarship | University of Bucharest, Romania 1992 - 2000

Recent Journal Articles

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1. Lin, F.; Heffner, K.; Ren, P.; Tivarus, M.; Brasch, J.; Chen, D.; Mapstone, M.; Porsteinsson, A.; Tadin D. "Cognitive and Neural Effects of Vision-Based Speed of Processing Training in Older Adults with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Study." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2016; .
2015 Sep
Onu M, Badea L, Roceanu A, Tivarus M, Bajenaru O. "Increased connectivity between sensorimotor and attentional areas in Parkinson's disease." Neuroradiology. 2015 Sep; 57(9):957-68. Epub 2015 Jul 15.
Tivarus ME, Pester B, Schmidt C, Lehmann T, Zhu T, Zhong J, Leistritz L, Schifitto G. "Are Structural Changes Induced by Lithium in the HIV Brain Accompanied by Changes in Functional Connectivity?" PloS one. 2015 10(10):e0139118. Epub 2015 Oct 05.
2013 Oct
Karuza EA, Newport EL, Aslin RN, Starling SJ, Tivarus ME, Bavelier D. "The neural correlates of statistical learning in a word segmentation task: An fMRI study." Brain and language. 2013 Oct; 127(1):46-54. Epub 2013 Jan 11.
2013 Feb
Zhu T, Zhong J, Hu R, Tivarus M, Ekholm S, Harezlak J, Ombao H, Navia B, Cohen R, Schifitto G. "Patterns of white matter injury in HIV infection after partial immune reconstitution: a DTI tract-based spatial statistics study." Journal of neurovirology. 2013 Feb; 19(1):10-23. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Biophysics | Ohio State University-Columbus2006
MS | Biophysics | Ohio State University-Columbus2004
MS | Physics | Romania - University of Bucharest1998
BS | Physics | Romania - University of Bucharest1997

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Imaging Sciences and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester 2008