Evan Morris, PhD

Professor; Co-director for Imaging, Yale PET Center

Departments & Organizations

Radiology & Biomedical Imaging: Bioimaging Sciences: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) | Morris-Cosgrove Lab

Cosgrove Lab Collaborators

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP)

Program for Biomedical Ethics

Yale Cancer Center: Radiobiology & Radiotherapy

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience: Neural Disorders

Office of Cooperative Research


Morris specializes in using kinetic modeling and image processing to extract physiological information from dynamic PET images. His current projects include:

  • Modeling and texture analysis to image Non-small cell lung cancer with tyrosine kinase inhibitor tracers
  • Novel kinetic modeling to image dyskinesias in Parkinson's
  • Continued Optimization of Dopamine Movies to study Addiction and Behavior
  • Applying principles in functional connectivity and machine learning to analyze dopamine movies
  • Imaging new targets in Depression, Alcoholism

Morris and his group continue to refine mathematical and statistical aspects of their techniques for making "dopamine movies" of the brain. With their dopamine movies, Morris and colleague Kelly Cosgrove and their team discovered sex differences in brains of smokers smoking cigarettes (J Neurosci Dec 10, 2014).

Education & Training

PhD Case Western Reserve Univ (1991)
SB Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biology, Chemical Engineering (1983)
Postdoctoral fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital

Honors & Recognition

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar to Israel for Teaching and ResearchCouncil for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), US State Department (2015)

  • Graduate Mentor of the Year (Natural Sciences)Yale Graduate School (2013)

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