Yi Chen

PhD Student
Department High-field Magnetic Resonance
Research Group Translational Neuroimaging
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Main Focus

MRI and Calcium signal-guided robotic arm for automatic deep brain nuclei targeting

Simultaneous BOLD fMRI and fiber-optic recording of fluorescent calcium signal can help clarify the cellular contributions to neurovascular coupling in different brain regions of healthy and diseased animal models. A key challenge is to target the deep brain nuclei with only several hundreds of microns. The goal of this project is to create a robotic controlling system to target small brain nuclei inside the MRI scanner and  automate the process to a large degree.

Curriculum Vitae


Since 2014    PhD student, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

2011-2014    Master of Electrical Engineering,  Hunan University, China

2009-2011    Bachelor of Business Administration, Hunan University, China

2007-2011    Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Hunan University, China


2018    Summa Cum Laude Merit Award for the work "MRI-guided robotic arm (MgRA) drives optogenetic activation of the rat corpus callosum". ISMRM-ESMRMB, Paris, France.

2018    Summa Cum Laude Merit Award for the work "Functional MRI mapping the optogenetic activation of the lateral hypothalamus driven by an MRI-guided robotic arm (MgRA)". ISMRM-ESMRMB, Paris, France.

2018    Trainee Educational Stipend, ISMRM-ESMRMB, Paris, France.

2017    Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for the work "MRI-guided robotic arm (MgRA) to target deep brain nuclei in vivo". ISMRM, Honolulu, USA.

2017    Trainee Educational Stipend, ISMRM, Honolulu, USA.

2016    Trainee Educational Stipend, ISMRM, Singapore.

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