Galit Pelled, Ph.D.

Galit Pelled, Ph.D.


Department of Radiology


Radiology Building
846 Service Rd Rm 184

College Degrees: 

B.Sc.: Biology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Ph.D.: Neuroscience, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel
Postdoctoral fellow, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Post-doc: Department of Radiology at JHU


Research Interests:

Dr. Pelled has recently moved from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore to direct the Neuroengineering division at the Institute of Quantitative Health and Sciences (IQ) in Michigan State University. This division encompasses an interdisciplinary set of neuroscientist, computer scientists, biochemists and engineers. Together, we work towards discovering fundamental principles of brain function and developing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. Our research interests span a wide range of experimental and theoretical approaches that include neuroimaging, neuronal computation and modeling, neuro-nanotechnology, neurophotonics, brain stimulation and neuromodulation, neuro-prostheses, brain-computer and brain-machine interfaces. Dr. Pelled's expertise focuses on neuroscience, neuroengineering and program building. Her research capitalizes on advances in molecular biology, neuroimaging and neuromodulation tools to develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for neurological and cognitive disorders. One of the characteristics that makes her work unique is that her lab readily adopts state-of-the-art and futuristic multimodal experimental approaches. Her research has been published in high impact-scientific journals, and she has been NIH funded continuously since 2005. Her funding includes 4 R01s as the principal investigator among them the prestigious R01 NIH EUREKA award. Over the past decade she have established a high-field preclinical imaging center at Johns Hopkins/Kennedy Krieger Institute, which was supported by a $6.5M NIH High-End Instrumentation awards and now services over 100 investigators, and a preclinical behavioral core that was supported by KKI and NIH U54 “Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Research Center” (KKI).


Selected Publications

  1. Pelled G, Bergman H, Goelman G. Bilateral overactivation of the sensorimotor cortex in the unilateral rodent model of Parkinson's disease - a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Eur J Neurosci. 2002; 15, 389-394.
  2. Roth-Deri I, Zangen A, Aleli M, Goelman G, Pelled G, Nakash R, Gispan-Herman I, Green T, Shaham Y, Yadid G. Effect of experimenter-delivered and self-administered cocaine on extracellular beta-endorphin levels in the nucleus accumbens. J Neurochem. 2003;84, 930-93.
  3. Pelled G, Goelman G. Different physiological MRI noise between cortical layers. Magn Reson Med. 2004; 52, 913-916.
  4. Pelled G, Bergman H, Ben-Hur T,Goelman G. Reduced basal activity and increased functional homogeneity in sensorimotor and striatum of a Parkinson's disease rat model: a functional MRI study. Eur J Neurosci 2005; 21:2227-2232.
  5. Pelled G, Dodd S, Koretsky AP. Catheter confocal fluorescence imaging and functional magnetic resonance imaging of local and systems level recovery in the regenerating rodent sciatic nerve. NeuroImage, 2006;30: 847-856.
  6. Goelman G, Pelled G, Dodd S, Koretsky AP. Observation of two distinct spatial- temporal BOLD clusters during sensory stimulation in rats. NeuroImage. 2007;34:1220-1226.
  7. Pelled G, Bergman H, Ben-Hur T, Goelman G. Manganese- Enhanced MRI in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2007;26:863-870.
  8. Silva AC, Lee J-H, Wu CWH, Tucciarone J, Pelled G, Aoki I, Koretsky AP. Cortical laminar architecture detected non-invasively using manganese-Enhanced MRI. J Neurosci Meth. 2007;167(2):246-257.
  9. Pelled G, Chuang K, Dodd S, Koretsky AP. FMRI Detection of bilateral cortical reorganization in the rodent brain following peripheral nerve deafferentation. NeuroImage. 2007;37:262-273.
  10. Kipervaser ZG, Pelled G, Goelman G. Statistical framework and noise sensitivity of the Amplitude- Radial-Correlation-Contrast method. Magn Reson Med. 2007;58:554-561.



  1. 2011-2012: Principles of neuroscience (Organized and taught) 15 enrolled, LFMI, NINDS, NIH
  2. 2009-2016: 187.661 Environmental Health In Neurological and Mental Disorders, (with Dr. Bressler), Bloomberg School of Public Health
  3. 2015-2016: Regenerative Medicine translational science