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Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 276-7328

Faculty Appointments


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.



BS | Romania - University of Bucharest

MS | Romania - University of Bucharest

MS | Ohio State University-Columbus

PhD | Ohio State University-Columbus

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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


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

Fellowship, Summer Workshop in fMRI Informatics
Sponsor: Dartmouth College

Hazel Brown Teaching Award
Sponsor: The Ohio State University

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

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Journal Articles

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.

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.

Gross WL, Helfand A, Swanson SJ, Conant LL, Humphries C, Raghavan M, Mueller WM, Busch RM, Allen L, Anderson CT, Carlson CE, Lowe MJ, Langfitt JT, Tivarus ME, Drane DL, Loring DW, Jacobs M, Morgan VL, Allendorfer JB, Szaflarski JP, Bonilha L, Bookheimer S, Grabowski T, Vannest J, Binder JR, . "Prediction of Naming Outcome With FMRI Language Lateralization in Left Temporal Epilepsy Surgery." Neurology.. 2022 Apr 11; Epub 2022 Apr 11.