Dr. Tie received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. Her research focuses on improving presurgical brain mapping by developing and applying advanced neuroimaging techniques, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion MRI. In addition to the conventional task-based fMRI for mapping motor and language functions, Dr. Tie has developed easy-to-perform resting-state and movie-watching fMRI paradigms for those patients who cannot perform tasks due to neurological deficits. Dr. Tie is also interested in combining functional and structural brain connectivity to understand neural mechanism of disease pathophysiology as well as treatment-induced cognitive impairments in patients with neurological disorders. The goals are to inform therapeutic development and improve patients’ overall well-being.