Douglas L Rothman PhD

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and of Biomedical Engineering; Director Yale MR Research Center

Departments & Organizations

School of Engineering and Applied ScienceNIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders | Diagnostic Radiology: Bioimaging Sciences: Magnetic Resonance Research Center, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; Quantitative Neuroscience with Magnetic ResonanceFellowship Training | Diabetes Research Center


Dr. Rothman is director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) at the Yale School of Medicine. The MRRC presently supports the NIH- funded work of more than 70 Principal Investigators, as well as 13 program project grants and center grants. Dr. Rothman has an international reputation as a leader in the development of novel MR methods for the study of brain, liver, and muscle metabolism and function. Among the many MR 'firsts' of his team of bioimaging scientists have been the development of MR methods for imaging glutamate and GABA neurotransmission, brain energy metabolism, and liver and muscle glycogen and glucose metabolism and metabolic control. He is presently supported by two R01 grants, and has served as the primary mentor of six postdoctoral fellows and two students. His postdoctoral fellows have all gone on to faculty positions at major research institutions in the US and abroad. He is a named mentor on five K awards at different levels and is an informal mentor to many other junior and mid-level faculty members in the use of MR technology in their research.


  • Ph.D., Yale University , 1987

Selected Publication

  • Baseline brain energy supports the state of consciousness. Shulman RG, Hyder F, Rothman DL. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jul 7106(27):11096-101. Epub 2009 Jun 19.
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