Hamza Farooq in Nature’s Scientific Reports

Doctoral candidate Hamza Farooq from ECE, in collaboration with other researchers and faculty from CMRR and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has shown that intricate brain tissue microstructure imaging can be obtained using diffusion MRI (dMRI) data. The paper titled “Microstructure Imaging of Crossing (MIX) White Matter Fibers from diffusion MRI” published in the Nature research journal Scientific Reports, addresses the key question of imaging crossing white matter fibers with their detailed tissue structure. It presents a new and versatile technique to fit advanced biophysical models to dMRI data, thus identifying features such as axonal orientation dispersion, density, and diameter in complex white matter fiber configurations. The study not only provides a flexible computational framework that enables evaluation and classification tissue analysis, but also improves state of the art tissue biophysical models. Hamza is advised by Prof. Emeritus Tryphon Georgiou from ECE and Prof. Christophe Lenglet from CMRR.