Director of the Brain Development Imaging Lab, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State UniversityBiography
Dr. Ralph-Axel Mueller is Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University (San Diego, CA). He received his Ph.D. from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University of Frankfurt (Germany) and received postdoctoral training with Dr. Harry Chugani at Childrens Hospital of Michigan. Over the past twenty years, Dr. Mueller has applied functional and anatomical imaging techniques to the study of brain development in typical children and adolescents, as well as those with developmental disorders. While his early work focused on the implementation of positron emission tomography in children with epilepsy and tumors in preparation for neurosurgery and on the investigation of lesion-induced neuroplasticity, work in the past 15 years has been dedicated to magnetic resonance imaging in autism. His group was among the first to use functional MRI and subsequently functional connectivity MRI in the study of brain network abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders. More recently, work in his laboratory has expanded to include other imaging techniques, such as diffusion tensor imaging (for the study of anatomical connectivity), as well as anatomical brain volumetrics and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Dr. Mueller laboratory (www.sci.sdsu.edu/~amueller/web/BDIL) has been continuously funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NINDS, NIDCD, NIMH) and other agencies since 2001.