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I am a biomedical engineer whose Ph.D. training focused on biomedical imaging. Specifically, I am an expert in methods and software development for the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment. My previous and ongoing work focuses on overcoming the real world limitations that hinder research and clinical applications of MRI. Strategies to overcome these challenges include hardware and software solutions, alternative data acquisition and reconstruction methods, novel MRI pulse sequences, quantitative imaging methods and associated post-processing tools. I possess a unique set of knowledge about the abilities and limitations of the 3T and 7T human scanners housed at the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science based on more than 15 years experience in MRI and 5 years of work experience as the on-site Philips Healthcare MR clinical scientist supporting research projects at Vanderbilt University. I am now focused on applying that experience and knowledge to my own independent research programs as a Vanderbilt faculty member.
My research is in the area of medical image processing and statistical inferences. Specifically, I am interested in methods for complex, high-dimensional and under-sampled spaces with empirical data. My research concentrates on applying these technologies to leverage population-imaging studies to improve understanding of individual anatomy for personalized medicine. My group has targeted studies related to three broad application areas: label fusion / statistical segmentation, robust multi-modal inference methods, and high-throughput quality control for medical imaging.
Taylor T. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering (CmpE), Computer Science (CS), and Electrical Engineering (EE) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the School of Engineering (VUSE) at Vanderbilt University (since August 2016), where he directs the Verification and Validation for Intelligent and Trustworthy Autonomy Laboratory (VeriVITAL) and is a Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS). Taylor was previously an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Texas at Arlington (September 2013 to August 2016). Taylor earned a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013, where he worked in the Coordinated Science Laboratory with Prof. Sayan Mitra, and earlier earned an MSc in ECE at Illinois in 2010 and a BSEE from Rice University in 2008. Taylor worked in industry for Schlumberger at various times between 2005 and 2010 helping develop novel embedded control systems for downhole tools. Taylor's research focus is developing formal verification techniques and software tools for cyber-physical systems (CPS). Taylor has published over four-dozen papers on these methods and their applications across CPS domains such as power and energy systems, aerospace and avionics systems, automotive systems, transportation systems, and robotics, two of which were recognized with best paper awards, from the IEEE and IFIP, respectively, and one of which was awarded an ACM Best Software Repeatability Award. Taylor's research aims to develop reliable embedded and cyber-physical systems by advancing and applying techniques and tools from formal methods, control theory, embedded systems, and software engineering. Taylor received the AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) award to visit the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)'s Information Directorate in 2015, was a Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP) award fellow at AFRL's Information Directorate in 2014, and was a visiting graduate research assistant through an SFFP award at AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base in 2011. Taylor is a 2016 recipient of the AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) award, a 2015 recipient of the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII), and his research is / has been supported by AFRL, AFOSR, ARO, NSF (CISE CCF/SHF, CNS/CPS; ENG ECCS/EPCN), NVIDIA, ONR, Toyota, and USDOT.
I'm a scientist and educator, investigating why people protect the natural environment, why people help one another, and why they take care of their own health. Currently, I'm an interdisciplinary postdoctoral researcher with the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment and the Climate Change Research Network. My doctoral training was in social psychology, with an emphasis on quantitative methods, at the University of Minnesota. Learn more about my work here: http://www.alexmaki.com/
Dr. Michael H. Gold is the founder of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, and Tennessee Clinical Research Center located in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Gold is also Clinical Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine also in Nashville. He is a Visiting Professor of Dermatology for Huashan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai, China (11/2006), Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangzhou, China, as well as Visiting Professor of Dermatology at Number One Hospital of China Medical University (11/2008) in Shenyang, China. Additionally, he is Visiting Professor of Plastic Surgery, First People’s Hospital of Foshan, Guangzhou, China and The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejian University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang. Lastly, he is Visiting Professor of The People’s Hospital of Hunan Province-September 25, 2016 through August 24, 2019.
Dr. Gold is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who oversees the various facets of the Gold Skin Care Center’s operations: a combination of medical and surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, aesthetic services and research endeavors. Dr. Gold has earned a national and international reputation for providing patients with leading-edge technological advances and has expertise in all facets of dermatology and aesthetic care. The Tennessee Clinical Research Center is now one of the leading dermatologic research institutions in the U.S. Dr. Gold is the author of over 300 published scientific articles, 15 textbook chapters and the editor of two textbooks on photodynamic therapy and global use of PDT. Dr. Gold works as an associate editor with the majority of dermatology journals and actively contributes to the medical literature with his colleagues from around the world.
Dr. Gold speaks on national and international fronts, focusing on dermatology issues related to the use of lasers and energy-based devices, as well as the use of fillers and toxins in aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology. He lectures in venues around the world and is a sought-after contributor to educational meetings globally. Dr. Gold is an active member of many of the leading dermatology and laser specialty societies in the U.S. and around the world. He is the founder and past president of the Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League (DASIL), whose mission is to teach dermatology and dermatologic surgery all over the world in a non-profit setting. This society has become one of the fastest-growing international dermatologic societies because of its core beliefs of teaching and transparency. He is also a founding member of the 5-Continent-Congress, one of the leading global aesthetic congresses. In addition, Dr. Gold is the President of the Symposium for Cosmetic Advances & Laser Education (SCALE), which is part of the Tennessee Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, of which Dr. Gold began 12 years ago to educate and teach the proper use of lasers and injectables in the community.