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Madalina Tivarus, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 276-7328

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Professional Background

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.



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

Zhuang Y, Zhang Z, Tivarus M, Qiu X, Zhong J, Schifitto G. "Whole-brain computational modeling reveals disruption of microscale brain dynamics in HIV infected individuals." Human brain mapping.. 2020 Sep 17; Epub 2020 Sep 17.

Binder JR, Tong JQ, Pillay SB, Conant LL, Humphries CJ, Raghavan M, Mueller WM, Busch RM, Allen L, Gross WL, 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, Swanson SJ. "Temporal lobe regions essential for preserved picture naming after left temporal epilepsy surgery." Epilepsia.. 2020 Aug 11; Epub 2020 Aug 11.

Swanson SJ, Conant LL, Humphries CJ, LeDoux M, Raghavan M, Mueller WM, Allen L, Gross WL, Anderson CT, Carlson CE, Busch RM, Lowe M, Tivarus ME, Drane DL, Loring DW, Jacobs M, Morgan VL, Szaflarski J, Bonilha L, Bookheimer S, Grabowski T, Phatak V, Vannest J, Binder JR, . "Changes in description naming for common and proper nouns after left anterior temporal lobectomy." Epilepsy & behavior : E&B.. 2020 May 0; 106:106912. Epub 2020 Mar 13.