Thomas Ernst, Ph.D.
University of Maryland at Baltimore
Dr. Thomas Ernst was previously a Physicist and Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Hawaii. He received a Ph.D. from Freiburg University in Germany, and was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, CA. He became a faculty member in the Departments of Radiology and Neurology at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ernst was then recruited to be Director of Medical Physics at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Over the past 12 years, he has been the Technical Director of the Neuroscience & MR Research Program at the University of Hawaii, which he co-founded with Dr. Linda Chang, and which is located at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Dr. Ernst has been involved in multiple clinical-translational research studies on how the brain might be impacted by substance use and some co-occurring conditions (e.g., HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders), both in the settings of brain aging and brain development. Dr. Ernst also directs an international research effort to develop methods for scanning patients who move during brain MRI, using prospective motion correction. He also enjoys music, snorkeling, and cuisines from different cultures.