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Mallar Chakravarty, PhD

Researcher, Douglas Institute
Computational Neuroscientist, Brain Imaging Centre, Douglas Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Associate Member, Department of Biomedical Engineering, McGill University

Areas of expertise
Computational Brain Anatomy, image processing, bioinformatics, magnetic resonance imaging, hippocampus, hippocampus subfields, striatum

Mallar Chakravarty, PhD, received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University. He went on to do postdoctoral fellowships in Aarhus, Denmark and jointly at the Rotman Research Institute and at the Mouse Imaging Centre (MICe) and the Hospital Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Between fellowships, Dr. Chakravarty worked at the Allen Institute for Brain Science (Seatte, WA, USA).

Mallar Chakravarty is interested in the anatomy of the brain. His group focuses on how anatomy changes through development, aging, and in illness and how the dynamics of brain anatomy are influenced by genetics and environment.

He leads the Computational Brain Anatomy (CoBrA) Laboratory at the Brain Imaging Centre. His group is a dynamic multi-disciplinary laboratory that is interested the anatomy of the brain and specifically:

  • how it matures through adolescence
  • how it stays healthy through the normal ageing process
  • how alterations in brain anatomy are related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia.

To do so, he uses and develops sophisticated computational neuroanatomy techniques that are able to automatically parse the geometric complexity of brain anatomy.

The members of the group come from diverse backgrounds, including neuroscientists, computer scientists, engineers, and physicists all working towards a common goal of improving our understanding of the structure-function relationships of the brain through health and illness.

We publicly disseminate much of the algorithmic and atlas work that we do in an effort to promote open and reproducible science.

Contact information
Douglas Institute
Centre d'imagerie cérébrale Pavilion
Room GH-2112
6875, boulevard LaSalle
Montreal (Quebec)
H4H 1R3
Phone :
514 761-6131
ext.: 4753

Fax :
514 888-4487
Research division :
  • - Neurosciences