Faculty Profile: Sean C. Deoni, PhD

Sean C. Deoni
Sean C. Deoni, PhD
Assistant Professor of Engineering
School of Engineering
Work: +1 401-863-6468


A physicist by training, but neuroscientist at heart. My work focuses on developing and applying magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study brain structure and development. Our current studies involve following the process of myelination in healthy infants and toddlers in relationship to behavioural development. We hope this work will provide the foundation from which to determine what happens in children who develop psychiatric disorders, such as autism, ADHD, or developmental delay.


Secretary, ISMRM White Matter Study Group
Member, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
Member, Organization for Human Brain Mapping (HBM)
Member, Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

Funded Research

National Institutes of Mental Health (USA) ($2,600,000) Title: Imaging White Matter Maturation in Healthy Neurodevelopment. (Sept 2009) Role: P.I.

Alzheimer's Association (USA) ($80,000). Title: Imaging Myelin Loss Associated with Alzheimer's Disease. (Feb 2010) Role: P.I.

Selected Publications

  • Deoni SCL, Mercure E, Blasi A, Gasston D, Thomspon A, Johnson M, Williams SC, Murphy DG. Mapping Infant Brain Myelination with Magnetic Resonance Imaging. J. Neurosci. 31: 784-791 (2011). (2011)