Dr. James J. Pekar is a Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. He specializes in brain imaging and magnetic resonance research.
Dr. Pekar completed his B.S. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. After fellowships at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, he served as an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Neurobiological Magnetic Resonance Laboratory at the Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 1999 as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Pekar has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and in 2015 was made a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine “in recognition of contributions to the development of methods for the acquisition and analysis of magnetic resonance data reporting on brain physiology and function."
In addition to his position at Johns Hopkins, he serves as Manager and Research Coordinator of the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging of the Kennedy Krieger Institute.