Daniel S. Albrecht, Ph.D.

Research Fellow in Radiology
MGH/HST Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Boston, MA

B.A. Chemistry, Wabash College (2007)

Ph.D., Medical Neuroscience, Indiana University School of Medicine (2014)

In vivo imaging of CNS disorders using PET/fMRI.

My research involves the use of PET and fMRI scanning to investigate the neuropathology of several CNS disorders, including drug addiction and chronic pain.    In particular, I am interested in using PET/fMRI to correlate imaging outcomes (e.g. binding potential, BOLD signal) with human behavioral and physiological characteristics, in order to better understand how brain processes contribute to neurological disorders.  Currently, I am involved in several projects using PET/MR to investigate the role of neuroinflammation in chronic pain perception and modulation.


  1. DS Albrecht, DA Kareken, BT Christian, KK Yoder (2014).  Cortical dopamine release during a behavioral response inhibition task.  Synapse  June 68(6); 266-274.

  2. DS Albrecht, DA Kareken, KK Yoder (2013).  Effects of smoking on D2/D3 striatal receptor availability in alcoholics and social drinkers.  Brain Imagin Behav  Sept 7(3); 326-34.

  3. BG Oberlin, M Dzemidzic, SM Tran, CM Soeurt, DS Albrecht, KK Yoder DA Kareken (2013).  Beer flavor provokes striatal dopamine release in male drinkers: mediation by family history of alcoholism.  Neuropsychopharmacology  August 38(9); 1617-24.

  4. DS Albrecht, PD Skosnik, JM Vollmer, MS Brumbaugh, KM Perry, BH Mock, QH Zheng, LA Federici, EA Patton, CM Herring, KK Yoder (2013). Striatal D2/D3 receptor availability is inversely correlated with cannabis consumption in chronic cannabis users.  Drug Alcohol Depend  Feb 128(1-2); 52-7.

  5. KK Yoder, DS Albrecht, DA Kareken, LM Federici, KM Perry, EA Patton, QH Zheng, BH Mock, S O’Connor, CM Herring (2012).  Reliability of striatal [11C]raclopride binding in smokers wearing transdermal nicotine patches.  Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging Feb;39(2):220-5.

  6. A Anand, G Barkay, M Dzemidzic, D Albrecht, H Karne, Q-H Zheng, GD Hutchins, MD Normandin, KK Yoder (2011).  Striatal Dopamine Transporter Availability in Unmedicated Bipolar Disorder.  Bipolar Disorders Jun;13(4):406-13.

  7. KK Yoder, DS Albrecht, DA Kareken, LM Federici, KM Perry, EA Patton, QH Zheng, BH Mock, S O’connor, CM Herring (2011).  Test-retest variability of [11C]raclopride binding potential in nontreatment-seeking alcoholics.  Synapse Jul;65(7):553-61.

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