Biographical Sketch

Mr. Gillen has been working in the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) technology since 1985 and with functional MRI (fMRI) technology since 1993. He was involved in the establishment of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center at University of Pittsburgh and of the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Function Brain Imaging at Kennedy Krieger Institute, both nationally recognized functional imaging centers.

Much of the focus of his work has been on implementing techniques normally performed in the laboratory for use in the magnetic resonance environment. This has included presentation of audio, video, olfactory, tactile and pain stimuli to subjects, response feedback from and monitoring of subjects and measurement of physiological signals including ECG, respiration, skin conductance, EEG, EMG and eye movements in high-field (1.5T, 3T) and ultra high-field (7T) MR scanners. He is experienced in pulse sequence programming on Philips and GE scanners to implement new MRI and MRS techniques and in programming fMRI experiment paradigms in E-Prime, Matlab Psychophysics toolbox and Presentation languages.

He provides day-to-day operational support to users of the Johns Hopkins MR Service Center and the Kennedy Krieger F.M. Kirby Research Center.


Research Interests

  • Functional MRI
  • MR Spectroscopy
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging / Fiber Tracking
  • Molecular and Cellular Imaging
  • Functional Assessment of Ischemic Stroke
  • Proton Transfer (Exchange) Mechanisms

Contact Information

Office Address 
The F. M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging 
707 N. Broadway, Room G-25 
Baltimore, MD 21205 
443-923-9500 Other Link: Google Scholar

Curriculum Vitae

  • Current Appointments
    • Staff Scientist, F. M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging 
      1999 - Present 
      Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
    • Research Associate, Division of Magnetic Resonance Research, Department of Radiology 
      1997 - Present 
      Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Education and Training
    • BS, Biophysics & Microbiology 
      University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Professional Experience
    • Research Network Administrator, MR Research Center, Department of Radiology 
      1993 - 1997 
      University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Systems Analyst, Pittsburgh NMR Institute 
      1985 - 1993 
      Pittsburgh, PA
    • Technical Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratory 
      1979 - 1985 
      VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
    • Research Assistant, Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Department of Medicine 
      1977 - 1979 
      University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Affiliations
    • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine


For a list of Joseph Gillen's most recent publications searched from the NIH's PubMed Database, please use this Search Link.