About Us

The Biomedical Imaging Center at the The University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary, multi-methods facility specializing in non-invasive neuroimaging. The core of the center is a new Siemens Skyra 3T MRI scanner used by many researchers for studies of human perception, memory, decision-making, and behavior. Unique emphases at the bic include a strong connection to supercomputing resources at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), real-time fMRI, high-resolution / 3D visual presentation, and support for developmental studies. The facility also contains a number of resources for imaging in model systems, as well as imaging-informed fabrication and machining.



Douglas Befroy, Ph.D.

Facilities Director

Doug Befroy has more than 20 years of experience developing advanced MR methods to investigate physiology and metabolism in human and animal models. He received his Ph.D. at Oxford University after which he joined the imaging community in the Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, Doug served in several leadership roles, including acting as Director of the Core of Muscle and Liver Spectroscopy and Co-Director of the Mouse Imaging Core. Most recently, he founded and ran an independent consultancy firm that provides technical support and innovative research solutions to imaging centers and scientists across the globe. Doug joined UT Austin as the Facility Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center in January 2021.

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Don Nolting, Ph.D.

Facilities Manager

Don Nolting earned his Bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and environmental science from the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA). He continued his education at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) where he earned his Ph.D. in inorganic and organometallic chemistries. His research focused on early transition metal and lanthanide cluster syntheses and their applications as crystallographic phasing, MRI, and combination CT/ MRI contrast agents. After graduate school, he accepted an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in cancer imaging at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) in their Department of Radiology, and he later became an imaging research scientist in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science. His research involved the synthesis of optical imaging agents to sense pH and the design of macromolecular MR contrast agents for breast cancer imaging. While a member of the Institute staff, he also directed a SPECT chemistry lab where he radiolabeled materials to image COX-2, kidney glomerulus, and pancreatic islets. More recently, he held a position as a protocol analyst with the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discover where he gained experience in animal research. Don joined the University of Texas at Austin Biomedical Imaging Center in January 2015.

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Chad Cumba

Software Engineer

E-mail: chad.cumba@mail.utexas.edu


Affiliated Researchers

  • ..WebsiteJennifer S. Beer, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor,
    Department of Psychology,
    Institute of Neuroscience
  • Email..Christopher Beevers, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Psychology
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Nicholas Bryan, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor,
    Department of Diagnostic Medicine
  • EmailFaculty ProfileWebsiteBharath Chandrasekaran, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Jessica Church, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Psychology
  • Email.WebsiteLawrence K. Cormack, Ph.D.
    Professor,
    Department of Psychology
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Edward Coyle, Ph.D.
    Professor,
    Department of Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Jaimie Davis, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Nutritional Sciences
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Joseph Dunsmoor, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Psychiatry
  • ..WebsiteAndreana Haley, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • Email.WebsiteSatoru Hayasaka, Ph.D.
    Research Associate Professor,
    Clinical Associate Professor,
    Department of Psychology
  • EmailFaculty ProfileWebsiteMaya L. Henry, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Communication
  • ..WebsiteAlex Huk, Ph.D.
    Professor,
    Department of Neuroscience,
    Department of Psychology
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Alex Huth, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Neuroscience,
    Department of Computer Science
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Mbemba Jabbi, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Psychiatry
  • EmailFaculty ProfileWebsiteJarrod Lewis-Peacock, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Psychology,
    Department of Neuroscience
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Elizabeth Lippard, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Psychiatry
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Jeffrey Luci, Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor,
    Department of Neuroscience,
    Department of Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy)
  • EmailFaculty Profile.Linda Noble, Ph.D.
    Professor,
    Department of Neurology,
    Department of Psychology
  • Email.WebsiteAlison Preston, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Psychology
    Department of Neuroscience
  • EmailFaculty ProfileWebsiteEmily Que, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Chemsitry
  • ..WebsiteDavid Schnyer, Ph.D.
    Professor,
    Department of Psychology
  • ..WebsiteJames Sulzer, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • ..WebsiteTom Yankeelov, Ph.D.
    W.A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
    Department of Medicine