Massoud Akhtari


Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Member, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Contact Information

Work Phone Number: (310) 267-2782

Mailing Address:

Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
760 Westwood Plaza
Mail Code 175919
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr Akhtari is a Physicist with background in condensed mater as well as high-energy physics. In 1991, he started work in localizing brain sources of activity using magntoencephalography thus developing instrumentation and modeling. His current academic interests are studying the electromagnetic properties of the human brain and developing targeted and disease-specific MRI contrast agents as well as targeted drug delivery technology using nanotechnology. Dr Akhtari has numerous peer-reviewed publications and multiple international patents.


A selected list of publications:

Akhtari Massoud, Pope Whitney, Mathern Gary, Moats Rex, Frew Andrew, Mandelkern Mark   Functionalized magnetonanoparticles in visualization of intracranial tumors on MRI Molecular imaging and biology : MIB : the official publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging, 2013; 15(3): 299-306.
Posse Stefan, Ackley Elena, Mutihac Radu, Zhang Tongsheng, Hummatov Ruslan, Akhtari Massoud, Chohan Muhammad, Fisch Bruce, Yonas Howard   High-speed real-time resting-state FMRI using multi-slab echo-volumar imaging Frontiers in human neuroscience, 2013; 7(3): 479.
Akhtari Massoud, Bragin Anatol, Moats Rex, Frew Andrew, Mandelkern Mark   Imaging brain neuronal activity using functionalized magnetonanoparticles and MRI Brain topography, 2012; 25(4): 374-88.
Engel Jerome, Akhtari Massoud, Bragin Anatol, Fried Itzhak, Ogren Jennifer A, Staba Richard J, Salamon Noriko, Thompson Paul M   New approaches to structural and functional imaging in focal epilepsy Epilepsia, 2010; 51 Suppl 1: 83-6.
Akhtari Massoud, Bragin Anatol, Cohen Mark, Moats Rex, Brenker Frank, Lynch Mattew D, Vinters Harry V, Engel Jerome   Functionalized magnetonanoparticles for MRI diagnosis and localization in epilepsy Epilepsia, 2008; 49(8): 1419-30.
Huang Susie Y, Wolahan Stephanie M, Mathern Gary W, Chute Dennis J, Akhtari Massoud, Nguyen Snow T, Huynh My N, Salamon Noriko, Lin Yung-Ya   Improving MRI differentiation of gray and white matter in epileptogenic lesions based on nonlinear feedback Magnetic resonance in medicine : official journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine / Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2006; 56(4): 776-86.
Mamelak Adam N, Lopez Nancy, Akhtari Massoud, Sutherling W William   Magnetoencephalography-directed surgery in patients with neocortical epilepsy Journal of neurosurgery, 2002; 97(4): 865-73.