Dr. Solomon currently serves as Interim Director of the IRC. In this capacity, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center to ensure that IRC users can conduct high quality MRI studies. Dr. Solomon is particularly interested in helping to develop stronger academic programs for the IRC and for enhancing collaboration between Sacramento and Davis-based faculty members using MRI.
Costin Tanase, PhD
Dr. Tanase is a Physicist with over 12 years of experience working in MRI Centers. He came to UC Davis after being on the faculty of a highly sophisticated imaging center at University of Pittsburgh with 4 Siemens scanners. At the IRC, Dr. Tanase is directly involved in the setup, operation, and maintenance of the upgraded MRI system. He is an expert in the physics of MR, MR clinical and research protocol development, and custom pulse sequence development. For IRC research projects, he provides image quality control, development of advanced imaging protocols and new pulse sequences, and general MR technological leadership.
Chief MRI Technologist
MR Safety Officer
Jerry Sonico, the IRC MRI Specialist, supervises daily operations on all MR systems. He schedules and coordinates MRI system time for the research projects, provides intensive one-on-one training and daily oversight to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty operating the MRI system and operating the associated stimulus presentation and physiological monitoring equipment. He reports image quality problems directly to Siemens, as well as to the IRC Technical Director and project PIs.
He is responsible for MRI Safety and MRI Operator training.
Scott Martin, the IRC Computer Systems Administrator, is responsible for operation of all personal computers used at the IRC, including computers used for stimulus presentation during fMRI scans, eye-tracking and physiological monitoring, and image archival, retrieval, and processing. He provides the necessary software infrastructure and necessary daily tasks for transfer, analysis, and backup of experimental images and data resulting from the scanning sessions on the MRI systems. Also, he trains graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the methods necessary for handling data output and will provide trouble-shooting expertise for any computer-related technical difficulties.
Dennis Thompson, the IRC Programmer, is responsible for helping researchers with designing and coding scripts for data collection and analysis. He also maintains much of the auxiliary equipment used by the IRC, and provides training in its use. Dennis also designs and builds custom hardware for use in the scanner.
Jessica Hicks, MBA
Management Services Officer
Jessica Hicks serves as the Manager of the IRC, providing overall management for all of the administrative and financial operations of both of the Center’s facilities. Ms. Hicks has spent the past two decades working in the healthcare sector, with 13 years at UCDH and 4 years at the IRC. Ms. Hicks received her MBA in Management Information Systems and her BBA in Leadership Management.
Executive Assistant to the Director
Jacqueline Johnson provides executive level support to the Director of the Imaging Research Center, and is also responsible for providing financial and analytical support to the Imaging Research Center. Ms. Johnson began her career with UC Davis in 1993 in the Department of Psychiatry, and has worked in the Academic Office of Cardiovascular Medicine as well as the Administrative and Professional Services in the Department of Clinical Engineering. Ms. Johnson returned to the Department of Psychiatry in 2010, and for the past 8 years has served as the primary administrative and executive support to Dr. Cameron Carter at both the UC Davis Imaging Research Center and the Center for Neuroscience.