Our Team



Dr. John Tommy Vaughan, Director

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology, Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Principal Investigator at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

A pioneer in the field with 45 patents to his name, Vaughan designs and builds the MRI systems that produce high-resolution images of anatomical, metabolic and physiological systems and functions. His inventions, usually licensed by the biotech and medical industries, are found in most MRI systems.


Kathleen Durkin, Administrative Director

Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University + Zuckerman Institute


Marina Manso Jimeno

PhD in Biomedical Engineering 2024

Interests: Deep learning methods, Image reconstruction and Neuroimaging datasets


James Liu

MS in Biomedical Engineering 2025

Interests: MRI, Brain-Computer Interfaces

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Keerthi Sravan Ravi

PhD in Biomedical Engineering 2024

Interests: AI/Deep Learning in MR Imaging


Enlin Qian

PhD in Biomedical Engineering 2024

Interests: quantitative MRI, magnetic resonance fingerprinting, DL-based image acquisition/reconstruction, and MR thermometry


Sophia Lopez

BA in Neuroscience at Barnard College 2026

Barbara Silver Horowitz ‘55 Scholar of Distinction 

Interests: History of Neuroscience, MRI, mind and brain disorders