Owen Carmichael, Ph.D.

Owen Carmichael, PhD is currently Associate Professor and Director of Biomedical Imaging at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Carmichael completed undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated with honors. He continued his studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he graduated with a PhD in Robotics. He worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Radiology Department at the University of Pittsburgh where he studied neuroimaging data analysis with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease. He was an Associate Professor in the Neurology Department at the University of California, Davis before joining the faculty at Pennington. He is working to develop new biomedical imaging techniques and is applying them to study brain aging and metabolic disorders. The main research goal of his current laboratory is to develop the non-invasive and in vivo clinical imaging methods required to characterize structural and metabolic properties of the brain, abdominal organs, fat, and skeletal muscle. Dr. Carmichael has mentored and trained many graduate and post-graduate students.




Laboratory Website

Representative Publications:

Carmichael OT, Pillai S, Shankapal P, McLellan A, Kay DG, Gold BT, Keller JN. A Combination of Essential Fatty Acids, Panax Ginseng Extract, and Green Tea Catechins Modifies Brain fMRI Signals in Healthy Older Adults. J Nutr Health Aging. 2018;22(7):837-846.


Calamia M, De Vito A, Bernstein JPK, Weitzner DS, Carmichael OT, Keller JN. Pedometer-assessed steps per day as a predictor of cognitive performance in older adults. Neuropsychology. 2018 Nov;32(8):941-949.


Fiford CM, Ridgway GR, Cash DM, Modat M, Nicholas J, Manning EN, Malone IB, Biessels GJ, Ourselin S, Carmichael OT, Cardoso MJ, Barnes J; Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Patterns of progressive atrophy vary with age in Alzheimer’s disease patients. Neurobiol Aging. 2018 Mar;63:22-32