Bright, Molly, DPhil



Bright, Molly, DPhil


Assistant Professor


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Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Biomedical Engineering


Areas of Research

Brain Imaging (FMRI etc.), Movement & Rehabilitation

Current Research

Current Research

Applied Neuro-Vascular Imaging Lab (ANVIL)

Our research uses advanced MRI techniques to assess the interaction of neural activity and vascular physiology in healthy brains and neurological disease. This involves the design and implementation of tools to stimulate or monitor human physiology during MRI scanning, and the development of specialized MRI acquisition methods to characterize neuro-vascular function. In combination with bespoke signal processing strategies developed in our lab, we aim to produce robust quantitative imaging biomarkers for studying stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, fatigue, and the response of individual patients to personalized therapeutic interventions. This work is in collaboration with Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Neurology, Radiology, the Center for Translational Imaging, the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience program, and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Dury RJ, Falah Y, Gowland PA, Evangelou N, Bright MG, Francis ST (article in press) Ultra-high-field Arterial Spin Labeling MRI for non-contrast assessment of cortical lesion perfusion in Multiple Sclerosis. Eur Radiol.

Bright MG, Croal PL, Blockley NP, Bulte DP (article in press) Multiparametric measurement of cerebral physiology using calibrated fMRI. Neuroimage.

Bright MG, Murphy K (2015) Is fMRI “noise” really noise? Resting state nuisance regressors remove variance with network structure. Neuroimage 114:158-169.

Bright MG, Murphy K (2013) Removing motion and physiological artifacts from intrinsic BOLD fluctuations using short echo data. Neuroimage 64(1):526-537.