I am generally interested in using image analysis techniques to improve detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. My research interests particularly lie in the areas of image registration, shape analysis and machine learning.

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2017)
  • Bachelor of Science, Shanghai Jiaotong University (2012)

All Publications

  • Longitudinally consistent estimates of intrinsic functional networks Human Brain Mapping Zhao, Q., Kwon, D., Müller-Oehring, E. M., Le Berre, A., Pfefferbaum, A., Sullivan, E. V., Pohl, K. M. 2019

    View details for DOI 10.1002/hbm.24541

  • Alcohol use effects on adolescent brain development revealed by simultaneously removing confounding factors, identifying morphometric patterns, and classifying individuals SCIENTIFIC REPORTS Park, S., Zhang, Y., Kwon, D., Zhao, Q., Zahr, N. M., Pfefferbaum, A., Sullivan, E. V., Pohl, K. M. 2018; 8: 8297


    Group analysis of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) metrics frequently employs generalized additive models (GAM) to remove contributions of confounding factors before identifying cohort specific characteristics. For example, the National Consortium on Alcohol and NeuroDevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) used such an approach to identify effects of alcohol misuse on the developing brain. Here, we hypothesized that considering confounding factors before group analysis removes information relevant for distinguishing adolescents with drinking history from those without. To test this hypothesis, we introduce a machine-learning model that identifies cohort-specific, neuromorphometric patterns by simultaneously training a GAM and generic classifier on macrostructural MRI and microstructural diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) metrics and compare it to more traditional group analysis and machine-learning approaches. Using a baseline NCANDA MR dataset (N = 705), the proposed machine learning approach identified a pattern of eight brain regions unique to adolescents who misuse alcohol. Classifying high-drinking adolescents was more accurate with that pattern than using regions identified with alternative approaches. The findings of the joint model approach thus were (1) impartial to confounding factors; (2) relevant to drinking behaviors; and (3) in concurrence with the alcohol literature.

    View details for PubMedID 29844507