Dr Catherine Morgan

BSc (Hons) Physics University of Leeds, MSc Medical Physics and Engineering, PhD Neuroimaging King’s College London

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Research Fellow
Senior MRI Physicist

Research | Current

My current focus is on developing novel imaging methods to study Alzheimer’s disease as part of a nationwide Brain Research New Zealand funded study of mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s.

Areas of expertise

I have approximately eight years’ experience in MRI research, including pulse sequence programming, protocol optimisation, image post-processing, image analysis and image standardisation in multi-centre trials. This includes experience in quantitative MRI (T1, T2 and multi-parametric mapping), fMRI methods, and techniques to measure brain perfusion (such as Arterial Spin Labelling) and blood flow. During my PhD I studied a variety of techniques to measure iron deposition in the brain, and for my first post-doctoral fellowship I investigated with new methods in oncology such as Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) to study glucose metabolism and pH alterations, and Equilibrium-MRI.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair of cross-faculty Neuro-Imaging User Group (NIUG) Committee

Organiser of  of cross-faculty Neuroimaging Research Group seminar series ("methods meetings")

Faculty of Science Equity Committee

Interim chair, School of Psychology Equity Committee


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Mutsaerts, H. J. M. M., Petr, J., Groot, P., Vandemaele, P., Ingala, S., Robertson, A. D., ... Zelaya, F. (2020). ExploreASL: An image processing pipeline for multi-center ASL perfusion MRI studies. NeuroImage, 21910.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117031
  • Morgan, C. A., Mesquita, M., Ashioti, M., Beech, J. S., Williams, S. C. R., Irving, E., & Cash, D. (2020). Late changes in blood-brain barrier permeability in a rat tMCAO model of stroke detected by gadolinium-enhanced MRI. Neurological research, 42 (10), 844-852. 10.1080/01616412.2020.1786637
  • Spechler, P. A., Allgaier, N., Chaarani, B., Whelan, R., Watts, R., Orr, C., ... Hudson, K. E. (2019). The initiation of cannabis use in adolescence is predicted by sex-specific psychosocial and neurobiological features. The European journal of neuroscience, 50 (3), 2346-2356. 10.1111/ejn.13989
  • Chaarani, B., Kan, K.-J., Mackey, S., Spechler, P. A., Potter, A., Orr, C., ... Bokde, A. L. W. (2019). Low Smoking Exposure, the Adolescent Brain, and the Modulating Role of CHRNA5 Polymorphisms. Biological psychiatry. Cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, 4 (7), 672-679. 10.1016/j.bpsc.2019.02.006
  • Morgan, C., & Schwarzkopf, D. S. (2019). Comparison of human population receptive field estimates between scanners and the effect of temporal filtering. F1000Research, 810.12688/f1000research.20496.2
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sam Schwarzkopf
  • Büchel C, Peters, J., Banaschewski, T., Bokde, A. L. W., Bromberg, U., Conrod, P. J., ... Gowland, P. (2017). Blunted ventral striatal responses to anticipated rewards foreshadow problematic drug use in novelty-seeking adolescents. Nature Communications, 8, 14140-14140. 10.1038/ncomms14140
  • Richiardi, J., Altmann, A., Milazzo, A.-C., Chang, C., Chakravarty, M. M., Banaschewski, T., ... Buchel, C. (2015). Correlated gene expression supports synchronous activity in brain networks. Science, 348 (6240), 1241-1244. 10.1126/science.1255905
  • Hibar, D. P., Stein, J. L., Renteria, M. E., Arias-Vasquez, A., Desrivières S, Jahanshad, N., ... Andersson, M. (2015). Common genetic variants influence human subcortical brain structures. Nature, 520 (7546), 224-229. 10.1038/nature14101

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 227
New Zealand