Staff

Within the MRI Center we know our equipment is as good as the staff behind it. With a high level of technical expertise, the MRI staff at the CTRC are able to design unique programming sequences for your scans, provide care, anesthesia, and monitoring for your animals, and above all produce the highest quality scans possible for your research.

Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD

Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD

  • CTRC MRI Center Director
  • MD, University of Rijeka, University of Trieste
  • Ph.D, Neurology, University of Rijeka
  • As the Director of the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center within the Department of Neurology,  Dr. Zivadinov has developed years of experience working in MRI Imaging as well as directing large scale MRI facilities. Specializing in progressive research on Multiple Sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases and aging, Dr. Zivadinov has published hundreds of papers involving MRI Research.
Ferdinand Schweser, PhD

Ferdinand Schweser, PhD

  • MRI Physicist
  • Ph.D, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Jena, Germany
  • Dr. Schweser joins the MRI center at the CTRC from the Medical Physics Group at Jena University Hospital in Germany. Dr. Schweser is an internationally recognized expert in MR phase imaging. His research focuses on understanding MRI contrast mechanisms and improving the specificity and sensitivity of MRI with respect to biophysical properties of the brain. Dr. Schweser has pioneered the development of quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM), a break-through in quantitative MRI, allowing for unique assessment of iron, calcium and myelin in the brain. With his extensive background in MRI physics and data processing, Dr. Schweser brings expertise in study design, novel imaging methods, and data post-processing to the MRI center at the CTRC.
Paul Polak

Paul Polak

  • Consulting Physicist
  • B.Eng, Computer Engineering, McMaster Univeristy
  • MA.Sc, Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University
  • Paul's work focuses on physics and software engineering for our MRI scanners. Through his work with the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, Paul has developed an extensive background in pulse sequence development and image reconstruction and analysis software. In addition Paul can provide many non-conventional MRI sequences for client use, including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetization transfer imaging (MTR), single and multi-echo T2*, 3D FLAIR and double inversion recovery imaging, perfusion weighted imaging (PWI), and spectroscopy.
Claire Modica

Claire Modica

  • Animal Specialist Consultant
  • BA, Psychology, New York University
  • MS, Neuroscience, UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience, UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Science
  • Claire joins the MRI Center team as a Ph.D. student with expertise in neuroimaging, neurobiology, and brain development. Claire's significant in vitro and in vivo cellular biology experience will be an asset to investigators interested in tissue studies. Claire also serves to provide extensive animal experience, allowing the MRI CTRC to tailor its services to the unique needs of each investigator.