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Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 276-7328

Faculty Appointments

Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Tivarus received her PhD in Biophysics in 2006 from the Ohio State University, where she trained in MRI and brain imaging. Later that year joined the Department of Imaging Sciences at University of Rochester as a postdoctoral fellow/instructor in Radiology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She is the Director of the Functional MRI pre-surgical brain mapping program, and of the 3D Post-Processing Lab in the Department of Imaging Sciences. She is a certified Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert (MRSE) and provides MR Physics support, MRI QA/QC testing, ACR (American College of Radiology) accreditation and acceptance testing for MRI systems at University Imaging at East River Road and University Imaging at Penfield. She works closely with the Neuroradiology section to standardize and optimize MRI protocols across the enterprise. She is a member of the DelMonte Institute for Neuroscience and has an appointment at the University of Rochester Center for Advanced Brain Imaging & Neurophysiology (UR CABIN) where she provides support with development of new MRI research protocols, MR safety and Human Research (RSRB) Compliance. Dr. Tivarus has significant experience with neuroimaging techniques such as functional MRI (fMRI), Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL), MR spectroscopy, morphometry, and Perfusion DSC, and their applications in neurology, neuroscience and clinical neuroradiology and has numerous multidisciplinary research collaborations across many UR departments. She mentors undergraduate and graduate students doing neuroimaging research and gives neuroimaging lectures to Imaging Sciences residents and technologists.

Credentials

Education

1997
BS | Romania - University of Bucharest
Physics

1998
MS | Romania - University of Bucharest
Physics

2004
MS | Ohio State University-Columbus
Biophysics

2006
PhD | Ohio State University-Columbus
Biophysics

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

10/2006 - 09/2008
Imaging Sciences and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester

Awards

2004
Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship
Sponsor: The Ohio State University

2004
Fellowship, Summer Workshop in fMRI Informatics
Sponsor: Dartmouth College

2001
Hazel Brown Teaching Award
Sponsor: The Ohio State University

1992 - 2000
Academic merit scholarship
Sponsor: University of Bucharest, Romania

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Publications

Journal Articles

9/6/2022
Weber MT, Finkelstein A, Uddin MN, Reddy EA, Arduino RC, Wang L, Tivarus ME, Zhong J, Qiu X, Schifitto G. "Longitudinal Effects of Combination Antiretroviral Therapy on Cognition and Neuroimaging Biomarkers in Treatment-Naive People With HIV." Neurology.. 2022 Sep 6; 99(10):e1045-e1055. Epub 2022 Jun 22.

8/10/2022
Wakim KM, Freedman EG, Tivarus ME, Christensen Z, Molholm S, Foxe JJ. "Effects of HIV infection and Former Cocaine Dependence on Neuroanatomical Measures and Neurocognitive Performance." Neuroscience.. 2022 Aug 10; Epub 2022 Aug 10.

6/22/2022
Weber MT, Finkelstein A, Uddin MN, Reddy EA, Arduino RC, Wang L, Tivarus ME, Zhong J, Qui X, Schifitto G. "Longitudinal Effects of Combination Antiretroviral Therapy on Cognition and Neuroimaging Biomarkers in Treatment-Naïve People with HIV." Neurology.. 2022 Jun 22; Epub 2022 Jun 22.

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