The MacKillop team includes leading researchers with a proven track record and international reputation for research excellence, as well as up-and-coming researchers in the field. Together the team brings passion, expertise and the determination to make a difference in communities through research addressing today’s most pressing health challenges.
Microstructural Imaging and Rehabilitative Plasticity
Juan Dominguez is a neuroimaging researcher with extensive experience using multimodal imaging in a broad range of topics including neurogenerative disease, social cognitive and affective neuroscience, decision making, stroke and TBI. He earned a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2008 for his work on the study of the relationship between culture and the brain. He then joined the Howard Florey Institute where he worked under Professor Gary Egan on an fMRI study on decision making. From 2011 to 2015 he worked as part of the IMAGE-HD project at Monash University investigating multimodal biomarkers in Huntington’s Disease. In 2015, Juan joined the Molenberghs Social Neuroscience Lab at Monash University, where he was involved in research including fMRI neurofeedback in PTSD, the effects of a stress-management intervention on the brain across several imaging modalities and Theory of Mind deficits in stroke patients.
In his current role as a technical officer at ACU, Juan provides support across a number of research areas including the mechanisms underlying neuroplasticity in brain-injured patients with a focus on white matter connectivity; the brain connectome following chemotherapy (the ‘chemo-connectome’); structural and functional brain correlates of cognitive (e.g., prospective memory) and emotional processes in older people, and in people who are affected by conditions such as Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); and the role of oxytocin in the brain’s responses mediating emotion processing in these populations.