Alan is currently an Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Institute. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his postdoctoral training at Mount Sinai. His research is focused on technical development and translation of functional, diffusion, high-resolution anatomical, and quantitative myelin density MRI methods in the human brainstem and spinal cord. Using these methods, he studies the structure and function of neural circuits that modulate the sensitivity to pain, and he is working to develop imaging biomarkers that can aid in the development of non-pharmaceutical interventions for pain relief.