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Mission Statement and Center staff

A Statement from the Director:

ali_crop.pngWelcome to our site.

As a core research facility at the UO, our mission is to provide resources to conduct MRI research to members of the UO and the surrounding community.  We have an array of services and resources to help facilitate your research and we are very eager to support new research endeavors.

Our site will hopefully provide a wealth of information about our services as well as serve as a dynamic resource for information on MRI research through our wiki-style entries on acquisition, analysis and peripherals. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in learning more.


Alison and the LCNI team.

LCNI Staff

Alison received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004 where her research focused on identifying MRI-based neuroimaging biomarkers that predict risk and cognitive decline in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. She joined the University of Oregon staff in 2018 where her primary focus is serving the Center by overseeing research-related activities. At UO, she’s continued her research investigations on the influence of various risk factors that predict cognitive change using high-resolution MRI. Ali spends her free time herding her kids to various activities and enjoying all the amazing outdoor experiences Oregon has to offer.

Jolinda Smith: MR Physicist

Jolinda SmithJolinda received a Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Oregon in 1997, and has worked at the Lewis Center since 2002. Her interests include software development, image analysis, and RF coil design. She is the author of MRIConvert, a program for batch conversion of DICOM image files to volume formats.

Scott Watrous: MR Techologist

Scott WatrousEarning an Associate of Science from the Oregon Institute of Technology and a BS and MS from the University of Oregon, Scott has 23 years experience in diagnostic imaging including radiography and Computerized tomography. The last 13 years have focused solely on MRI. His professional interests include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), MicroMRI, and MRI coil design as well as MRI safety. Off campus, you can find Scott cycling, hiking, cooking/eating, rock/fossil hunting, and gardening.

Diana Alderette: Administrative Coordinator

DianaDiana has worked at the Lewis Center since January 2006. She performs many duties including: Office Manager, Budget Manager, Payroll, receptionist, scheduling and office support to the Lewis Center staff, visitors, faculty, students and research subjects. She has an extensive background in bookkeeping and business administration, with 8 years at UCLA and over 20 years owning a small business in Southern California. Diana spends her free time outdoors with her family in activities such as walking, rafting, camping, and in the kitchen preparing special Mexican recipes.