Personal profile

Research interests

My research focus on better understanding of both normal and abnormal human brain development with the ultimate goal of achieving imaging-based early diagnosis of risks for mental disorders to guide earlier and more effective interventions.


  • fMRI
  • Neuroscience
  • Brain disorders
  • DTI
  • Brain Development

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 2005 2017

  • 1066 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 38 Article
  • 7 Conference contribution
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Comment/debate

Emergence of a hierarchical brain during infancy reflected by stepwise functional connectivity

Pendl, S. L., Salzwedel, A. P., Goldman, B. D., Barrett, L. F., Lin, W., Gilmore, J. H. & Gao, W. May 1 2017 In : Human Brain Mapping. 38, 5, p. 2666-2682 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Basal Ganglia
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
3 Citations

Changes of intranetwork and internetwork functional connectivity in Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment

Zhu, H., Zhou, P., Alcauter, S., Chen, Y., Cao, H., Tian, M., Ming, D., Qi, H., Wang, X., Zhao, X., He, F., Ni, H. & Gao, W. Jun 1 2016 In : Journal of Neural Engineering. 13, 4, 046008

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mild Cognitive Impairment
Alzheimer Disease
Executive Function
1 Citations

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Electrical and Optogenetic Deep Brain Stimulation at the Rat Nucleus Accumbens

Albaugh, D. L., Salzwedel, A., Van Den Berge, N., Gao, W., Stuber, G. D. & Shih, Y. Y. I. Sep 7 2016 In : Scientific Reports. 6, 31613

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Deep Brain Stimulation
Nucleus Accumbens
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Lateral Hypothalamic Area

Identifying high order brain connectome biomarkers via learning on hypergraph

Zu, C., Gao, Y., Munsell, B., Kim, M., Peng, Z., Zhu, Y., Gao, W., Zhang, D., Shen, D. & Wu, G. 2016 Machine Learning in Medical Imaging - 7th International Workshop, MLMI 2016 held in conjunction with MICCAI 2016, Proceedings. Springer Verlag, Vol. 10019 LNCS, p. 1-9 9 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10019 LNCS)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Higher order
1 Citations

Resting state network topology of the ferret brain

Zhou, Z. C., Salzwedel, A. P., Radtke-Schuller, S., Li, Y., Sellers, K. K., Gilmore, J. H., Shih, Y. Y. I., Fröhlich, F. & Gao, W. Dec 1 2016 In : NeuroImage. 143, p. 70-81 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Activities 2013 2014

  • 2 Editorial activity

Austin Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy (Journal)

Gao, W. (Editorial board member)

Activity: Editorial activity

China Medical Devices (Journal)

Gao, W. (Editorial board member)

Activity: Editorial activity


Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad

Wei Gao (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

RSNA Trainee Research Prize

Wei Gao (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)