Headshot photo of Bill D. Rooney, Ph.D.

Bill D. Rooney, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
  • Director, Professor, Advanced Imaging Research Center
  • Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine


Bill Rooney, Ph.D., is the director of the Advanced Imaging Research Center, a professor in behavioral neurosciences at the OHSU School of Medicine, and a scientist-inventor focused on the development and application of quantitative magnetic resonance techniques to characterize tissue structure and function.    In the lab, he’s working to phenotype brain blood vessels using dynamic MRI acquisitions combined with pharmacokinetic modeling—and to apply these techniques to learn how brain blood vessels change in disease processes such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and brain tumors. Dr. Rooney also investigates cellular metabolism and its relationship to tissue degeneration. Using 31P and 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopic techniques, he investigates the relationship between defects in energy metabolism and tissue loss.    Dr. Rooney joined OHSU in 2005 after working as a scientist and scholar at the University of California San Francisco and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Education and training

    • Ph.D., 1990, Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Fellowship

    • NIH, NRSA fellowship in neuroimaging, Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco

Areas of interest

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • MRI
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Brain



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