Dr. Murat Bilgel received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he studied at the Image Analysis and Communications Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Jerry Prince. He joined the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience – Brain Aging and Behavior Section as a Pre-Doctoral Intramural Fellow in 2012 while pursuing his Ph.D. studies. Currently as a Staff Scientist, he focuses on the study of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease with neuroimaging. He designs statistical methods to enable the characterization of longitudinal trajectories of Alzheimer’s biomarkers, to estimate the onset and predict the progression of biomarker changes at the individual level, and to understand cognitive decline in relation to neuropathology and neurodegeneration, as measured by brain imaging. At the NIA IRP, Dr. Bilgel works closely with the cerebral blood flow, amyloid, and tau positron emission tomography scans of the brain collected as part of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, and is responsible for developing, validating, and implementing pipelines for image processing and quantification.