Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Computer Science
UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill
Education and Training:
Masters in Computer Science & Engineering; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule [ETH]) Zürich, Switzerland
Graduate work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule [ETH]) Zürich, Switzerland
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Styner has an extensive background in diffusion tensor imaging, anatomical structure and tissue segmentation, structural brain morphometry, modeling, deformable registration, atlas building. He has also strong experience in image analysis of human, non-human primate, canine and rodent image analysis. Dr. Styner has co-authored over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is on the editorial board of “Medical Image Analysis”, the premier journal in the field of medical image analysis. As co-director of the UNC Neuro Image Research and Analysis Laboratory and associate director of the Developmental Neuroimaging Core in the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC, he oversees medical imaging research projects in the field of neurodevelopment with applications to normal development, autism, fragile-X, fetal alcohol syndrome, Krabbe, schizophrenia, abuse exposure and muscular dystrophy. The current NIH-funded R01 on macaque brain development illustrates his research focus and strengths. This project generates a publicly available resource comprised of a developmental macaque brain MRI database with the corresponding, novel computational toolbox for brain atlas building. Based on this resource, a comparative study will contrast human and macaque brain development and maturation patterns in both genders. The project work is balanced between new methodology research, tool development, data generation, public dissemination and application to neurodevelopment. The established resources and conducted studies will enable novel, developmental translational primate models in neuropathologies such as in autism or schizophrenia.