Allen W Song

Professor in Radiology

The research in our lab is concerned with advancing structural and functional MRI methodologies (e.g. fast and high-resolution imaging techniques) for human brain imaging. We also aim to improve our understanding of functional brain signals, including spatiotemporal characterizations of the blood oxygenation level dependent contrast and alternative contrast mechanisms that are more directly linked to the neuronal activities. Additional effort is invested in applying and validating the developed methods to study human functional neuroanatomy.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in Radiology
  • Director of the Center for Brain Imaging and Analysis
  • Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Professor in Neurobiology
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 40 Duke Medicine Circle, Davison 414, Box 3918, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: +1 919 684 1215
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1995
  • National Institutes of Health, 1996

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Overson, Devon Karl, Dean Darnell, Fraser Robb, Allen W. Song, and Trong-Kha Truong. “Flexible multi-purpose integrated RF/shim coil array for MRI and localized B0 shimming.” Magn Reson Med 91, no. 2 (February 2024): 842–49.
  • Merenstein, Jenna L., Jiayi Zhao, Devon K. Overson, Trong-Kha Truong, Kim G. Johnson, Allen W. Song, and David J. Madden. “Depth- and curvature-based quantitative susceptibility mapping analyses of cortical iron in Alzheimer's disease.” Cereb Cortex 34, no. 2 (January 31, 2024).
  • Darrow, Sabrina M., Diego A. Pizzagalli, Moria Smoski, Sanjay J. Mathew, John Nurnberger, Sarah H. Lisanby, Dan Iosifescu, et al. “Using latent profile analyses to classify subjects with anhedonia based on reward-related measures obtained in the FAST-MAS study.” J Affect Disord 339 (October 15, 2023): 584–92.
  • Merenstein, Jenna L., Jiayi Zhao, Hollie A. Mullin, Marc D. Rudolph, Allen W. Song, and David J. Madden. “High-resolution multi-shot diffusion imaging of structural networks in healthy neurocognitive aging.” Neuroimage 275 (July 15, 2023): 120191.
  • Overson, Devon K., Julia Bresticker, Devin Willey, Fraser Robb, Allen W. Song, Trong-Kha Truong, and Dean Darnell. “Numerical simulations of an integrated radio-frequency/wireless coil design for simultaneous acquisition and wireless transfer of magnetic resonance imaging data.” Phys Med Biol 68, no. 12 (June 8, 2023).