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Ina Pavlova, Ph.D.

Ina Pavlova, Ph.D.

Structural and Functional Imaging Core
Burke Neurological Institute


Ina Pavlova, Ph.D., has recently joined the Burke Neurological Institute as the Director of the Structural and Functional Imaging Core. She has more than 15 years of experience in the application of a wide range of optical microscopy techniques to advance translational biological research. Most recently as an Associate Scientist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, she applied multiphoton microscopy to determine image-based features of the tumor microenvironment and their potential to serve as predictors for aggressive prostate cancer. Previously, she served as a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she developed tissue clearing, confocal, and light-sheet microscopy methods for whole mouse brain imaging and visualizing of neural circuits underlying cognitive and mood disorders and relevant pharmaceutical treatments. At Columbia, she also managed a microscopy facility for intact tissue imaging, providing consultation in sample preparation, and imaging and analysis pipeline development for investigators in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Pavlova received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in the field of applied optical imaging for minimally invasive tissue assessment and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University where she specialized in the development of non-linear microscopy methods. With extensive experience in a wide range of biological models and expertise in advanced microscopy imaging, Dr. Pavlova will help investigators at Burke Neurological Institute in their research efforts from project conception to publication. She looks forward to assisting the important work of the Burke Neurological Institute to advance the study of neurological disabilities and novel treatments.

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Alessia Mastrodonato, Ina Pavlova, Noelle C Kee, Van Anh Pham, Josephine C McGowan, J John Mann, Christine A Denny
Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2022 Mar 1;pyac020. doi: 10.1093/ijnp/pyac020. Online ahead of print.
Abstract on PubMed