Manager and Research Coordinator F. M. Kirby Research Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute Research Scientist Kennedy Krieger Institute Associate Professor Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Pekar completed his undergraduate degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and went on for a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1988. After fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Dr. Pekar served as an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Neurobiological Magnetic Resonance Laboratory at the Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Pekar serves as Manager and Research Coordinator of the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging.
How do we see, hear, and think? More specifically, how can we study living people to understand how the brain sees, hears, and thinks? Recently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a powerful anatomical imaging technique widely used for clinical diagnosis, was further developed into a tool for probing brain function. By sensitizing magnetic resonance images to the changes in blood oxygenation that occur when regions of the brain are highly active, we can make "movies" that reveal the brain at work. Dr. Pekar works on the development and application of this MRI technology.
Dr. Pekar is a biophysicist who uses a variety of magnetic resonance techniques to study brain physiology and function. Dr. Pekar serves as Manager of the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging, a research resource where imaging scientists and neuroscientists collaborate to study brain function using unique state-of-the-art techniques in a safe comfortable environment, to further develop such techniques, and to provide training and education. Dr. Pekar works with center staff to serve the center's users and to keep the center on the leading edge of technology.