Dr. Pillai’s main research interest is translating MR imaging methods into clinic for use with the Johns Hopkins brain tumor patient population. Dr. Pillai’s primary interest in validating MRI methods for interoperative mapping is focused on improving and coregistering BOLD functional maps, DTI color directional maps and structural information from MPRAGE images. The primary research aim is to improve and streamline data acquisition and processing into a fast and quantitative comprehensive multi-modality exam to validate and complement current techniques for interoperative mapping. Dr. Pillai’s secondary interest is understanding the clinical efficacy of perfusion-based imaging methods for characterizing brain tumors complements.
- Zacà D, Jovicich J, Nadar SR, Voyvodic JT, Pillai JJ. "Cerebrovascular reactivity mapping in patients with low grade gliomas undergoing presurgical sensorimotor mapping with BOLD fMRI." J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Nov 4. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24406.
- Zacà D, Jarso S, Pillai JJ. "Role of semantic paradigms for optimization of language mapping in clinical FMRI studies." AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2013 Oct;34(10):1966-71. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A3628.
- Jones CK, Huang A, Xu J, Edden RA, Schär M, Hua J, Oskolkov N, Zacà D, Zhou J, McMahon MT, Pillai JJ, van Zijl PC. "Nuclear Overhauser enhancement (NOE) imaging in the human brain at 7T." Neuroimage. 2013 Aug 15;77:114-24. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.03.047.
- Pillai JJ. "The significance of streamlined postprocessing approaches for clinical FMRI." AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2013 Jun-Jul;34(6):1194-6. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A3446.
- Pillai JJ, Williams HT, Forseen SE, Park YD. "Presurgical lateralization of seizure focus in temporal lobe epilepsy with noninvasive imaging." Clin Nucl Med. 2012 Dec;37(12):1179-81. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e31825ae8d0.