Mo Shahdloo

Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford
FMRIB Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU, UK

Academic Experience


2020 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics Group, FMRIB, University of Oxford
2014 - 20 Graduate Researcher, ICON Lab, Bilkent University


2020 - Tutor, FMRIB Graduate Course, University of Oxford
2021 - 21 Lead Project TA, Neuromatch Academy Summer School
2014 - 20 Teaching Assistant, EE Department, Bilkent University


2017 - 20 PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara
 Advisor: Tolga Çukur
 Dissertation title: Optimization and Machine-Learning in MRI: Applications in Rapid MR Image Reconstruction and Encoding Models of Cortical Representations
2014 - 16 MSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara
 Advisor: Tolga Çukur
2007 - 11 BSc in Electrical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran
 Advisor: Behzad Samadi

Publications and Talks


  1. Shahdloo M, Çelik E, Urgen BA, Gallant JL, and Çukur T. Task-Dependent Warping of Semantic Representations During Search for Visual Action Categories. Journal of Neuroscience 2022. doi: 10.1101/2021.06.17.448789.
  2. Shahdloo M, Schüffelgen U, Papp D, Miller K, and Chiew M. Model-based dynamic off-resonance correction for improved accelerated fMRI in awake behaving non-human primates. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2022;87:2922-32. doi: 10.1002/mrm.29167.
  3. Kiremitci I, Yilmaz O, Celik E, Shahdloo M ,Huth AG, and Çukur T. Attentional Modulation of Hierarchical Speech Representations in a Multi-Talker Environment. Cerebral Cortex 2021;31:4986–5005. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhab136.
  4. Dar SUH, Yurt M, Shahdloo M, Ildiz E, Tinaz B, and Çukur T. Prior-Guided Image Reconstruction for Accelerated Multi-Contrast MRI via Generative Adversarial Networks. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing 2020;14:1072–87. doi: 10.1109/JSTSP.2020. 3001737.
  5. Shahdloo M, Çelik E, and Çukur T. Biased Competition in Semantic Representation During Natural Visual Search. NeuroImage 2020;216:116383. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019. 116383.
  6. Shahdloo M, Ilicak E, Tofighi M, Saritas EU, Cetin AE, and Çukur T. Projection onto Epigraph Sets for Rapid Self-Tuning Compressed Sensing MRI. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 2019;38:1677–89. doi: 10.1109/TMI.2018.2885599.
  7. Dar SUH, Yurt M, Shahdloo M, and Çukur T. Synergistic Reconstruction and Synthesis via Generative Adversarial Networks for Accelerated Multi-Contrast MRI. arxiv 2018. eprint: 1805.10704v1.

Peer Reviewed Conference Publications

  1. Shahdloo M, and Chiew M. Optimal Singular-Value Shrinkage for fMRI Denoising. In: ISMRM. London, 2022:4042.
  2. Shahdloo M, Khalighinejad N, Harbison C, Miller K, Rushworth M, and Chiew M. Dynamic off-resonance correction improves functional data quality in fMRI of awake behaving NHPs. In: OHBM. Glasgow, 2022:1726.
  3. Papp D, Schüffelgen U, Shahdloo M, Rieger SW, Hess AT, Rushworth M, and Clare S. Imaging Performance of a Multi-channel Non-human Primate Coil. In: ISMRM. Online, 2021:3224.
  4. Shahdloo M, Papp D, Schüffelgen U, Miller K, Rushworth M, and Chiew M. Highly Accelerated fMRI of Awake Behaving Non-human Primates via Model-based Dynamic Off-resonance Correction. In: ISMRM. Online, 2021:257.
  5. Dar SUH, Yurt M, Shahdloo M, and Çukur T. Joint Recovery of Variably Accelerated Multi-contrast MRI Acquisitions via Generative Adversarial Networks. In: ISMRM. Montreal, 2019:0666.
  6. Shahdloo M, Acar M, and Çukur T. Attention During Story Listening Modulates Temporal Receptive Windows Across Human Cortex. In: CCN. Berlin, 2019:PS–1A.52.
  7. Shahdloo M, and Çukur T. Trade-off Between Fat-suppression and Partial-voluming in Weighted Combination Alternating Repetition-time (ATR) Balanced SSFP. In: ESMRMB. Rotterdam, 2019:L06.09.
  8. Shahdloo M, Ürgen B, Çelik E, and Çukur T. Attention to Action Categories Shifts Semantic Tuning Toward Targets Across the Brain. In: OHBM. Rome, 2019:T661.
  9. Shahdloo M, Ilicak E, Tofighi M, Saritas EU, Cetin AE, and Çukur T. Rapid Self-tuning Compressed-sensing MRI Using Projection onto Epigraph Sets. In: ISMRM. Paris, 2018:0251.
  10. Shahdloo M, and Çukur T. Biased Competition in Semantic Representations During Category-based Visual Search. In: OHBM. Vancouver, 2017.
  11. Shahdloo M, Ilicak E, Tofighi M, Saritas EU, Cetin AE, and Çukur T. Adaptive Wavelet Thresholding for Profile-Encoding Reconstruction of Balanced Steady-State Free Precession Acquisitions. In: ESMRMB. Barcelona, 2017.

Invited Talks

2021 k-space and MR image reconstruction, educational talk at British and Irish chapter of ISMRM
2021 Voxelwise modelling: unraveling natural perception, NeuroTRACT symposium
2020 Mapping language representation in the brain using deep models, 7th Iranian Human Brain Mapping Congress
2019 Biased competition in semantic representations during visual search, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS)

Honours and Awards

2014 - 21 Full scholarship granted by Bilkent University for graduate studies
2012 Ranked 28th among 100k participants in Iranian national higher education examination in Electrical Engineering
2016 Bronze medal in the Iranian National Physics Olympiad

Community Service

  • Co-chair, MRI Together 2022, Global ESMRMB-endorsed workshop on open science and reproducible MR research.

Editorial board

  • Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
  • OHBM Aperture

ad-hoc reviewing

  • IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
  • Signal, Image and Video Processing (SIVP)
  • ISMRM annual meeting
  • Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (CCN)

Experience in Industry

2014 - 14 Hardware developer, Farineh Fanavar, Tehran, Iran
2013 - 14 Senior software developer, KAG inc., Tehran, Iran
2011 - 13 RnD Engineer, Kerman Tablo, Tehran, Iran


Prof. Mark Chiew,
Associate Professor,
FMRIB Centre, University of Oxford,

Prof. Karla Miller,
FMRIB Centre, University of Oxford,
Prof. Tolga Çukur,
Associate Professor,
EEE Dept. and UMRAM,
Bilkent University,