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Junqian Xu

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  • BS, Peking University

  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
    Physical Chemistry


    Dr. Junqian (Gordon) Xu received his PhD degree from the Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Lab (BMRL) at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Washington University School of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Xu joined the WU-Minn consortium of the Human Connectome Project (HCP) and had worked on multiband EPI sequence development at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), University of Minnesota for two years before joining Mount Sinai in 2012.   CV (short)


  • 2013 -
    RSNA Research Scholar Award
    Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

  • 2009 -
    Doris P. and Harry I. Wexler Prize for multiple sclerosis and eye disease research
    Washington University School of Medicine

  • 2008 -
    M. S. Moore Young Investigator Award Finalist
    International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

  • 2007 - 2010
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2005 - 2007
    Department of Defense Predoctoral Fellowship


Advanced magnetic resonance (MR) techniques in neuroimaging

  • fast MR imaging and spectroscopy methods.
  • reliable MR techniques for functional and structural assessment of spinal cord, nerve roots, and optic nerve.
  • better MR methods for imaging brain stem at ultra-high field.

Complete list of publications

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Available positions

There is an immediate opening of a postdoc position.


Xu J, Sun SW, Naismith RT, Snyder AZ, Cross AH, Song SK. Assessing optic nerve pathology with diffusion MRI: from mouse to human. NMR in Biomedicine 2008 Nov; 21(9): 928-40.

Naismith* RT, Xu* J, Tutlam NT, Snyder A, Benzinger T, Shimony J, Shepherd J, Trinkaus K, Cross AH, Song SK. Disability in optic neuritis correlates with diffusion tensor-derived directional diffusivities. Neurology 2009 Feb; 72(7): 589-94.

Xu J, Humphrey PA, Kibel AS, Snyder AZ, Narra VR, Ackerman JJ, Song SK. Magnetic resonance diffusion characteristics of histologically defined prostate cancer in humans. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2009 Apr; 61(4): 842-50.

Naismith* RT, Xu* J, Tutlam NT, Lancia S, Trinkaus K, Song SK, Cross AH. Diffusion tensor imaging in acute optic neuropathies: predictor of clinical outcomes. Archives of Neurology 2012 Jan; 69(1): 65-71.

Smith SM, Miller KL, Moeller S, Xu J, Auerbach EJ, Woolrich MW, Beckmann CF, Jenkinson M, Andersson J, Glasser MF, Van Essen DC, Feinberg DA, Yacoub ES, Ugurbil K. Temporally-independent functional modes of spontaneous brain activity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2012 Feb; 109(8): 3131-6.

Xu J, Shimony JS, Klawiter EC, Snyder AZ, Trinkaus K, Naismith RT, Benzinger TL, Cross AH, Song SK. Improved in vivo diffusion tensor imaging of human cervical spinal cord. NeuroImage 2013 Feb; 67(15): 64-76.

Naismith RT, Xu J, Klawiter EC, Lancia S, Tutlam NT, Wagner JM, Qian P, Trinkaus K, Song SK, Cross AH. Spinal cord tract diffusion tensor imaging reveals disability substrate in demyelinating disease. Neurology 2013 Jun; 80(24): 2201-9.

Uğurbil K, Xu J, Auerbach EJ, Moeller S, Vu AT, Duarte-Carvajalino JM, Lenglet C, Wu X, Schmitter S, Van de Moortele PF, Strupp J, Sapiro G, De Martino F, Wang D, Harel N, Garwood M, Chen L, Feinberg DA, Smith SM, Miller KL, Sotiropoulos SN, Jbabdi S, Andersson JL, Behrens TE, Glasser MF, Van Essen DC, Yacoub E. Pushing spatial and temporal resolution for functional and diffusion MRI in the Human Connectome Project. NeuroImage 2013 Oct; 80: 80-104.

Glasser MF, Sotiropoulos SN, Wilson JA, Coalson TS, Fischl B, Andersson JL, Xu J, Jbabdi S, Webster M, Polimeni JR, Van Essen DC, Jenkinson M. The minimal preprocessing pipelines for the Human Connectome Project. NeuroImage 2013 Oct; 80: 105-24.

Sotiropoulos SN, Jbabdi S, Xu J, Andersson JL, Moeller S, Auerbach EJ, Glasser MF, Hernandez M, Sapiro G, Jenkinson M, Feinberg DA, Yacoub E, Lenglet C, Van Essen DC, Ugurbil K, Behrens TE. Advances in diffusion MRI acquisition and processing in the Human Connectome Project. NeuroImage 2013 Oct; 80: 125-43.

Smith SM, Beckmann CF, Andersson J, Auerbach EJ, Bijsterbosch J, Douaud G, Duff E, Feinberg DA, Griffanti L, Harms MP, Kelly M, Laumann T, Miller KL, Moeller S, Petersen S, Power J, Salimi-Khorshidi G, Snyder AZ, Vu AT, Woolrich MW, Xu J, Yacoub E, Uğurbil K, Van Essen DC, Glasser MF. Resting-state fMRI in the Human Connectome Project. NeuroImage 2013 Oct; 80: 144-68.

Xu J, Moeller S, Auerbach EJ, Strupp J, Smith SM, Feinberg DA, Yacoub E, Uğurbil K. Evaluation of slice accelerations using multiband echo planar imaging at 3T. NeuroImage 2013 Jul; 83: 991-1001.

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