Functional ultrasound imaging: an innovative technology for imaging brain activity

The main objective of our multidisciplinary team is to develop the next generation of functional ultrasound imaging (fUSi) technology having 3 words in mind: faster, smaller, cheaper.

Alan Urban

Group Leader
Assistant professor, Department of Neurosciences, KU Leuven, since 2017
NERF Principal Investigator, since 2016
Senior scientist, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israël, 2015-2016
Junior Group Leader, INSERM, Paris, France, 2012-2015
Visiting Scientist, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Wako-Shi, Japan, 2010-2012
Assistant Professor, INSERM, ESPCI, Paris, France, 2009-2012

Research areas

Systems biology Neurobiology Molecular neurology Medical biotechnology

Research focus

Our team is interested in system neuroscience to understand the basic principles of brain organization, dynamics and function across a hierarchy of spatial and temporal scales. We are evaluating the fUSi capabilities for deciphering the mechanisms of neurovascular coupling, multi sensory integration and decision making. We are also studying the impact on brain function of several brain pathologies including Alzheimer Disease, stroke and glioma.



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We are always on the lookout for highly motivated colleagues to join our team. If you are interested to work on single-cell regulatory genomics - computational or experimental, please contact us.


The Alan Urban Lab can only thrive thanks to the dedication and commitment of its people, no matter what their function or seniority. 


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