Angela Laird is the November CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month


Angela Laird, Florida International University

Dr. Angela Laird is an Associate Professor of Physics at Florida International University and the director of FIU’s Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity Laboratory. Her work focuses on mining and exploring big data in neuroimaging to better understand human brain function. Her work includes the development of brain mapping data analysis algorithms, neuroscience informatics tools and hierarchies of concepts in neuroimaging that may lead to more effective ways to analyze the functional brain networks of healthy individuals and those with psychiatric and neurologic diseases or disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Laird was recently identified on the Thompson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014.” Angela Laird ranks among the top 1 percent most cited for the field of neuroscience and behavior between 2002 and 2012. Laird has published nearly 100 neuroimaging studies investigating brain function in patients with various mental health disorders, such as depression, autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her research is funded by multiple awards from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Laird’s passion is educating the next generation of scientists, both in the classroom and in one-on-one student research mentoring. In her research group students are exposed to an interdisciplinary perspective during their training since this is an important component of being a successful academic scientist.

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