Neuroimaging Laboratory Leadership Update—May 2017

We are happy to announce that effective May 22, 2017, Professor Tamara Hershey will succeed Professor Marcus E. Raichle to become the Lab Chief of the Neuroimaging Laboratory (NIL) within the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR). The NIL currently consists of over 30 faculty from 3 departments and over 100 staff, students and postdoctoral fellows.

Marcus E. Raichle, M.D. the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor in Medicine, joined the Department of Neurology and the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology after serving as a major in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his arrival in 1971, he began making his impressive mark on the Departments of Neurology, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Psychology, and was the founding director of the NIL. In addition, from 1995-2007, he served as the co-director of the Division of Radiological Sciences at MIR. During Marc’s career, he and colleagues from multiple Medical and Danforth campus departments worked together to make seminal discoveries in neuroimaging. Marc has published over 400 scientific papers and 140 books, chapters, reviews, and commentaries. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. He has received the Ralph Gerard Prize from the Society for Neuroscience, the George Miller Prize from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the MetLife Award for Alzheimer’s research and the 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, just to name a few. Marc has had an extraordinarily productive career and has been a consistent leader in defining the field of cognitive neuroscience. He will continue these research activities as a member of the NIL. Thanks to Marc and key collaborators from multiple disciplines and departments, the NIL is recognized as a world-class research group in the field of systems neuroscience due to decades of creative, discovery-based neuroimaging research.

Tamara Hershey, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Radiology, with joint appointments in Neurology and Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University. She joined Washington University as a faculty member in 2001, essentially ‘growing up’ in the rich and diverse intellectual environment of the NIL. Her research is in the fields of cognitive and clinical neuroscience and uses a range of neuroimaging, pharmacological and cognitive techniques to understand the impact of metabolic and neurodegenerative conditions on the brain, particularly during development. Tamara currently explores the neural underpinnings of cognitive dysfunction in disorders involving dopamine and the basal ganglia (e.g. Parkinson disease), the effects of diabetes and obesity on the brain across the lifespan, and the neural impact of a rare monogenic diabetes syndrome (Wolfram Syndrome). Her research has been continuously funded by NIH for over 17 years and increasingly involves multisite and international collaborative studies. This work requires the input of numerous disciplines, and she enjoys building and directing diverse groups of collaborators to achieve the best possible science.

Tamara’s administrative roles have included President of the Academic Women’s Network, co-chair of the Tourette Association of America Scientific Advisory Board, and chair of the Neuroscience Ph.D. Admissions Committee. For the past 3 years, she has been the Associate Lab Chief of the NIL, assuming increasing operational and strategic planning responsibilities. In all of these activities, Dr. Hershey has demonstrated she is a highly effective leader.

Please join us in thanking Professor Marcus E. Raichle for his many years of outstanding leadership and spectacular contributions to science. The NIL has flourished on the premise that the best neuroimaging science emerges from innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration and that a shared physical environment and collegial atmosphere create fertile ground for such interactions. We are pleased that he will continue his scientific and mentorship work in the NIL. We are confident that Professor Tamara Hershey’s leadership will sustain this vision and expand the NIL’s multidisciplinary activities to expand brain imaging science. Please join us in congratulating her as she assumes an important new leadership role in the Department and helps us grow interdisciplinary brain imaging research.


Robert Gropler, MD and Richard Wahl, MD