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Angela Laird

Title: Professor

Office: AHC4 310, AHC4 380

Phone: 305-348-6737


Specialty: Director, Center for Imaging Science; fMRI, functional brain connectivity, neuroeducation, brain development, addiction

Department(s): Physics, Center for Imaging Science

Dr. Laird’s research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand the organization of large-scale networks in the human brain. She is the Director of the Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity (NBC) Lab, which focuses on developing novel data analysis algorithms, neuroscience informatics tools, and neuroimaging ontologies to yield analytic strategies for improving investigations into functional brain networks. Her current projects are examining changes associated with adolescent development, undergraduate science education, and addiction. In addition, Dr. Laird is the Director of FIU’s Center for Imaging Science, an interdisciplinary research center that hosts a 3.0 T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma MRI. 

Dr. Laird received her B.S. in Physics from Florida State University in 1998, and her Ph.D. in Physics/Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. Her research is currently funded by multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.


Research Areas

Magnetic resonance imaging, neuroimaging, brain


  • 2017 Florida International University “Top Scholar” Award
  • 2015 American Physical Society (APS) Committee on the Status of Women in Physics “Woman Physicist of the Month”
  • 2014 Invited Attendee at The 2014 White House BRAIN Conference 
  • 2014 Florida International University, Provost’s Research Excellence Award
  • 2014 Florida International University, 1st Finalist, Presidential Excellence Award
  • 2014 Thomson Reuters “Highly Cited Researcher”
  • 2013 Florida International University “Top Scholar” Award
  • 2010 University of Texas System “Rising STARS” Award for Faculty Excellence