Associate Professor
Human Neuroimaging Laboratory
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US


Ph.D. from Stanford University
Electrical Engineering, Plasma Physics
MS from Stanford University
Electrical Engineering
BS from University of California
Electrical Engineering

Professional Interests

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • fMRI
  • Vision science
  • Image processing
  • Superior colliculus
  • Spatial vision
  • Cerebrovascular physiology

Professional Statement

David Ress, PhD, is expert in many forms of scientific imaging including MRI, CT, electron tomography, x-ray imaging, and neutron imaging. He is presently and Associate Professor and Technical Director of the Center for Advanced MRI at Baylor College of Medicine.

As Research Associate Professor at The University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Ress set up the High-resolution Brain Imaging Lab (HIRBIL), which focuses on developing new techniques to improve the spatial resolution and specificity of functional MRI, and applies these methods in the study of human neuroscience.

As Co-Director at Brown University, he played a role in setting up their MRI Research Facility (MRF). Dr. Ress applied his wealth of experience in the use of MRI physics to help secure NSF funding for a new MRI scanner. He also provided critical assistance in developing the Master Research Agreement that guides their research collaboration.

As Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University, he developed MRI protocols and data analysis methods in the Psychology Dep't, work in human visual perception that led to several highly regarded publications. In parallel, Dr. Ress was involved in the development of new MRI methods in collaboration with the EE and Radiology depts. that led to several NIH grants. He also led work in the Neurobiology Dep't to develop new electron tomography methods.

Dr. Ress began his Stanford research as a post-doctoral fellow, where he conducted his initial work funded by a National Research Service Award from NIH.

Dr. Ress began to shape his -career as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. He led the development of the world's first laboratory fusion neutron microscope and static and time-resolved x-ray microscopes that utilized novel coded-aperture methods and a remarkable soft x-ray deflectometer to measure plasma density. This work led to publications in Science and Applied Physics Letters.

Selected Publications


Society for Neuroscience
American Physiological Society


High-resolution studies of visual attention in human superior colliculus
- #BCS 1063774
Use of high-resolution fMRI to study the topography and processing of visual function and multi-sensory integration in human superior colliculus,
a. Neurometric modeling: computational modeling of individual brains
- #W911NF-12-1-0160
Use of machine learning techniques to extract and model human cognition from fMRI data acquired while subjects perform tasks in a virtual reality environment