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Madalina Tivarus

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
DepartmentImaging Sciences
AddressUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 648
Rochester NY 14642
Other Positions
TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Rochester, River Campus
DepartmentRoch Center for Brain Imaging RC

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

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  1. 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 Lang. 2013 Oct; 127(1):46-54.
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  2. 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. J Neurovirol. 2013 Feb; 19(1):10-23.
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  3. Tivarus ME, Starling SJ, Newport EL, Langfitt JT. Homotopic language reorganization in the right hemisphere after early left hemisphere injury. Brain Lang. 2012 Oct; 123(1):1-10.
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  4. Binder JR, Gross WL, Allendorfer JB, Bonilha L, Chapin J, Edwards JC, Grabowski TJ, Langfitt JT, Loring DW, Lowe MJ, Koenig K, Morgan PS, Ojemann JG, Rorden C, Szaflarski JP, Tivarus ME, Weaver KE. Mapping anterior temporal lobe language areas with fMRI: a multicenter normative study. Neuroimage. 2011 Jan 15; 54(2):1465-75.
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  5. Kim N, Goel PK, Tivarus ME, Hillier A, Beversdorf DQ. Independent component analysis of the effect of L-dopa on fMRI of language processing. PLoS One. 2010; 5(8):e11933.
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  6. Schifitto G, Zhong J, Gill D, Peterson DR, Gaugh MD, Zhu T, Tivarus M, Cruttenden K, Maggirwar SB, Gendelman HE, Dewhurst S, Gelbard HA. Lithium therapy for human immunodeficiency virus type 1-associated neurocognitive impairment. J Neurovirol. 2009 Apr; 15(2):176-86.
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  7. Cios JS, Miller RF, Hillier A, Tivarus ME, Beversdorf DQ. Lack of noradrenergic modulation of indirect semantic priming. Behav Neurol. 2009; 21(3):137-43.
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  8. Pederzolli AS, Tivarus ME, Agrawal P, Kostyk SK, Thomas KM, Beversdorf DQ. Dopaminergic modulation of semantic priming in Parkinson disease. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2008 Sep; 21(3):134-7.
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  9. Campbell HL, Tivarus ME, Hillier A, Beversdorf DQ. Increased task difficulty results in greater impact of noradrenergic modulation of cognitive flexibility. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2008 Jan; 88(3):222-9.
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  10. Tivarus ME, Hillier A, Schmalbrock P, Beversdorf DQ. Functional connectivity in an fMRI study of semantic and phonological processes and the effect of L-Dopa. Brain Lang. 2008 Jan; 104(1):42-50.
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  11. Alexander JK, Hillier A, Smith RM, Tivarus ME, Beversdorf DQ. Beta-adrenergic modulation of cognitive flexibility during stress. J Cogn Neurosci. 2007 Mar; 19(3):468-78.
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  12. Tivarus ME, Ibinson JW, Hillier A, Schmalbrock P, Beversdorf DQ. An fMRI study of semantic priming: modulation of brain activity by varying semantic distances. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2006 Dec; 19(4):194-201.
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  13. Smith RM, Tivarus M, Campbell HL, Hillier A, Beversdorf DQ. Apparent transient effects of recent "ecstasy" use on cognitive performance and extrapyramidal signs in human subjects. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2006 Sep; 19(3):157-64.
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