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 (National)

Academic merit scholarship | University of Bucharest, Romania 1992 - 2000

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

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 18 available »

2016 Nov
Wychowski T, Hussain A, Tivarus ME, Birbeck GL, Berg MJ, Potchen M. "Qualitative analysis of double inversion recovery MRI in drug-resistant epilepsy." Epilepsy research. 2016 Nov; 127:195-199. Epub 2016 Sep 03.
2016 Jun
Lin F, Heffner KL, Ren P, Tivarus ME, Brasch J, Chen DG, Mapstone M, Porsteinsson AP, 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 Jun; 64(6):1293-8.
Teghipco A, Hussain A, Tivarus ME. "Disrupted functional connectivity affects resting state based language lateralization." NeuroImage. Clinical. 2016 12:910-927. Epub 2016 Oct 24.
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.

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