Director of Technical Imaging

Michael Dwyer is the Director of Technical Imaging at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC), and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo. He received his PhD in quantitative neuroimaiging analysis methods from the University of Bradford (2013), and also a MSc in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University (2011). His research as Technical Imaging Director of the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center focuses on the development and application of quantitative image analysis methods to neuroimaging data in order to better characterize the onset, progression, and treatment of neurological diseases. Specific highlights of his work include the development and validation of a method for detecting and quantifying demyelination and remyelination in vivo, the development of a method dramatically improving on the precision of conventional tissue-specific atrophy measurement, and the creation of a technique for characterization of iron deposition in the basal ganglia. This work has had a substantial impact on our understanding of multiple sclerosis onset and progression, and the first two techniques have been successfully applied in clinical trials to better understand the impact of various therapeutic approaches in multiple sclerosis. His hope is that continuing research into this field can not only drive academic development, but can also be directly translated to clinicians to better inform diagnosis and treatment decisions on an individual patient basis.

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Integration Director

Niels Bergsland is the Integration Director at the BNAC. He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (2005) and his master’s degree in computer science at the Nova Southeastern University. He received his PhD in multimodal imaging analysis from Politecnico di Milano (2016). Since joining the BNAC in 2004, Niels has developed the systems, software, and processes used by BNAC personnel. Having worked in both the technical imaging and MRI analysis units, Niels has a thorough understanding of the requirements to efficiently implement work flows. As such, he is directly responsible for the planning and execution of nearly all of BNAC’s studies. His areas of interest include enterprise system development, machine learning, and non-conventional MRI analysis. He recently graduated with a doctorate in bioengineering at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy.

Systems Administrator

Sandeep Singh serves as Systems Administrator at the BNAC. He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, after which he worked at Yahoo Inc! in silicon valley as a Data protection and Storage engineer. He joined BNAC in 2015, where he helps to grow and maintain the IT infrastructure necessary for modern computational neuroimaging analysis. In addition, his prior experience helps the BNAC ensure business continuity and rapid disaster recovery for all mission-critical operations.


PhD Student

Tom Fuchs is an MD/PhD student, currently in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is investigating the psychological impact of changing neuronal networks in multiple sclerosis. He is supervised by Dr. Michael Dwyer, PhD, and Dr. Ralph Benedict, PhD. He received his BS degree in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2013. His research background is in the cellular development of the brain reward system and behavioral pharmacology of alcoholism and addiction.