Dr. Ai-Ling Lin is the Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Radiology, Professor of Radiology, Biological Sciences, and Institute for Data Science & Informatics, and a Principal Investigator at the NextGen Precision Health Institute at the University of Missouri- Columbia. Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Lin completed her PhD and Postdoctoral training as a medical physicist from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. In 2014, she began her independent research career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky and promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2019. She joined University of Missouri-Columbia as a Full Professor with tenure in August 2021. Dr. Lin is a well-known expert on translational
neuroimaging of brain vascular and metabolic function in aging, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She developed and applied magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, and positron emission tomography to test nutritional and pharmacologic approaches for protecting the brain from aging, TBI and AD. She is also an expert on artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-omics (such as metabolomics, transcriptomics, and gut microbiome). She has applied AI to identify markers that are highly predictable for AD development and progression, and applied gut microbiome analyses to study gut-brain interaction underlying brain aging, stroke, TBI, and AD.