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Susumu Mori, Ph.D.

  • Director, Center for Brain Imaging Science, Johns Hopkins Medicine Brain Science Institute
  • Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Research Interests

Stereotaxic operation devices; Brain atlases; Microimaging of developing brains; Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT); Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI); MR image analysis for brain anatomy; Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS); MRI data acquisition; Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Technology development more


Susumu Mori, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Division of MR Research within the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science.

Dr. Mori is an investigator whose research focuses primarily on developing novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies to study brain anatomy. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1997.

The Director of the Center for Brain Imaging Science in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Brain Science Institute, he is also affiliated with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center; Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging; and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute’s Laboratory of Brain Science Anatomical MRI.

Dr. Mori earned his doctoral degree in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University, where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in radiology. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Tokyo University of Fisheries.

Dr. Mori has co-authored approximately 140 refereed publications, served as a principal investigator for a number of National Institutes of Health-funded extramural projects and participated in many others. more


  • Director, Center for Brain Imaging Science, Johns Hopkins Medicine Brain Science Institute
  • Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science
  • Professor of Oncology

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  • Ph.D.; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland) (1996)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Mori’s research focuses on developing novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies to study brain anatomy.

His specific interests include MRI data acquisition and image analysis; diffusion tensor imaging (DTI); microimaging of brain development and white-matter diseases; brain atlases in animal models; and stereotaxic operation devices.

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Selected Publications

Zhang Y, Zhang J, Hsu J, Oishi K, Faria AV, Albert M, Miller MI, Mori S. “Evaluation of group-specific, whole-brain atlas generation using Volume-based Template Estimation (VTE): Application to normal and Alzheimer's populations.” Neuroimage. 2014 Jan;84:406-19. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.09.011. Epub 2013 Sep 16.

Ito K, Mori E, Fukuyama H, Ishii K, Washimi Y, Asada T, Mori S, Meguro K, Kitamura S, Hanyu H, Nakano S, Matsuda H, Kuwabara Y, Hashikawa K, Momose T, Uchida Y, Hatazawa J, Minoshima S, Kosaka K, Yamada T, Yonekura Y; J-COSMIC Study Group. “Prediction of outcomes in MCI with (123)I-IMP-CBF SPECT: a multicenter prospective cohort study.” Ann Nucl Med. 2013 Dec;27(10):898-906. doi: 10.1007/s12149-013-0768-7. Epub 2013 Sep 6.

Oishi K, Faria AV, Yoshida S, Chang L, Mori S. “Quantitative evaluation of brain development using anatomical MRI and diffusion tensor imaging.” Int J Dev Neurosci. 2013 Nov;31(7):512-24. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2013.06.004. Epub 2013 Jun 21.

Dan Wu; Jiadi Xu; Michael T McMahon; Peter C M van Zijl; Susumu Mori; Frances J Northington; Jiangyang Zhang. “In vivo high-resolution diffusion tensor imaging of the mouse brain. NeuroImage 2013;83():18-26.3.2013

Issel Anne L Lim; Andreia V Faria; Xu Li; Johnny T C Hsu; Raag D Airan; Susumu Mori; Peter C M van Zijl. “Human brain atlas for automated region of interest selection in quantitative susceptibility mapping: application to determine iron content in deep gray matter structures.” NeuroImage 2013;82():449-69.

Activities & Honors


  • Young Investigator's Award, Human Frontier Science Foundation, 2001
  • Rabi Award, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 1994
  • Martin and Carol Macht Research Prize, Johns Hopkins University, 1996
  • Certificate of Merit, Johns Hopkins University, 1995


  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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