Bing (Brian) Yao, PhD

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Senior Physicist/Operations Manager, Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Center
Integrated Neurotechnology Laboratory

Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Center
Integrated Neurotechnology Laboratory

Bing Yao, PhD, is the physicist and manager of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation. His main research interests involve the development of novel techniques in biomedical engineering and signal processing, especially in the study of human brain anatomy and functions, as well as their clinical application in diseased brains. Dr. Yao has been conducting research using multi-modality biomedical techniques including MRI, functional MRI, Electroencephalography (EEG), and Electromyography (EMG) and applied these techniques to both healthy human volunteers and patients, leading to clinical applications in exploring the pathological mechanisms of a number of neurological diseases. He serves as a reviewer for several journals such as Brain, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Neuroscience Letters, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Yao was the winner of NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He is recognized as one of the Distinguished Reviewers of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 


Quantitative MRI
Biophysical Mechanism
Function MRI
Electroencephalography (EEG)
Electromyography (EMG)
PhD - Medical Physics, Case Western Reserve University
Research Interests

Quantitative MRI

Biophysical mechanism of MR contrast

Functional MRI techniques and its combination with simultaneous EEG recording


View a more comprehensive listing of publications for Dr. Yao on Research Gate

B. Yao, V. Ikonomidou, P. vanGelderen, F. K. Cantor, J. M. Ohayon, J. H. Duyn, F. Bagnato (2015) Heterogeneity of multiple sclerosis white matter lesions detected with T2* weighted imaging At 7.0 Tesla. Journal of Neuroimaging

B. Yao, S. Hametner, P. van Geldern, H. Merkle, H. Lassmann, F. K. Cantor, C. Chen, J. H. Duyn, F. Bagnato (2014) the limitation Of 7 tesla imaging In detecting cortical pathology in multiple sclerosis. PLoS One, 9(10):e108863

Z. Liu, J. A. de Zwart, B. Yao, P. van Gelderen, L. Kuo, J. H. Duyn (2012) finding thalamic BOLD correlates to Posterior Alpha EEG. NeuroImage, 63:1060-69

J. Lee, K. Shmueli, B. T. Kang, B. Yao, M. Fukunaga, P. van Gelderen, S. Palumbo, F. Bosetti, A. C. Silva and J. H. Duyn (2012) the contribution of Myelin to magnetic susceptibility-weighted contrasts in high-field MRI of the brain. NeuroImage, 59:3967-75, 2012.  

B. Yao, F. Bagnato, E. Matsuura, H. Merkle, P. van Gelderen, H. McFarland, J.H. Duyn (2012) Chronic Multiple Sclerosis Lesions: characterization with high-field-strength MR imaging. Radiology, 262:206-15