The Neuroimaging Laboratory, part of the Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders, investigates the neuropathological basis of mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and major depression. Under the direction of Jair C. Soares, M.D., Ph.D., our lab uses cutting-edge brain imaging techniques including structural neuroimaging, diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) with novel imaging processing and advanced machine learning methods. The goal of the Neuroimaging Laboratory is to elucidate the pathophysiological mechanisms of major mood disorders which will ultimately translate into better treatments for patients with mood disorders.

Our current studies include:

  • Searching for Endophenotypes of Bipolar Disorder
  • Markers of Illness Vulnerability in High Risk Bipolar Offspring


Soares, Jair chair
Jair C. Soares, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor & Chairman
Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair
Executive Director,
Director, Center of Excellence
on Mood Disorders
Giovana Zunta Soares mood disorders
Giovana Zunta-Soares, M.D.
Director, Mood Disorders
Clinical Trials Program
Director, Mood Disorders Clinic
Bauer, Isabelle mood disorders
Isabelle E. Bauer, Ph.D.
Irungu, Benson M neuroimaging
Benson M. Irungu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Contact Us

Phone: 713-486-2624

Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (BBSB)
1941 East Road
Houston, TX 77054