Nouchine Hadjikhani, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the Neurolimbic Research Laboratory. She is also an Assistant in Neurosciences at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a visiting professor at GNC, Gothenburg University, Sweden. She is an author of 105 peer-review articles and 14 books, book chapters and other publications. She has been conducting brain imaging for more than twenty years, using neuroanatomy, histology, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG), as well as behavioral methods, including eye-tracking, to study the normal and the diseased brain. Her research stems from her interest in the visual system and includes conditions such as migraine and autism.


MD, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
PhD in Neuroscience, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Select Publications

1. Hadjikhani N, Sanchez Del Rio M, Wu O, Schwartz D, Bakker D, Fischl B, et al. Mechanisms of migraine aura revealed by functional MRI in human visual cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2001;98(8):4687-92.

2. Hadjikhani N, Joseph RM, Snyder J, Chabris CF, Clark J, Steele S, et al. Activation of the fusiform gyrus when individuals with autism spectrum disorder view faces. Neuroimage. 2004;22(3):1141-50.

3. Hadjikhani N, Asberg Johnels J, Lassalle A, Zurcher NR, Hippolyte L, Gillberg C, et al. Bumetanide for autism: more eye contact, less amygdala activation. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):3602.


2014: F1000 prime recommendation for “Emotional contagion for pain is intact in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Translational Psychiatry.

2016: LifeWatch Niclas Öberg Foundation award for achievement in autism research

2019: top 100 read neuroscience papers for Scientific Reports 2018, for “Bumetanide for Autism : more eye-contact, less amygdala activation”