Rajendra Badgaiyan, MD

Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Laboratory of Advanced Radiochemistry
Director, Laboratory of Molecular and Functional Imaging
Neuromodulation Scholar
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, USA


Dr. Badgaiyan received training in psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University, University of Pittsburgh and University of Oregon. His research is focused on the study of neural and neurochemical mechanisms that control the human brain functions. He developed the single scan dynamic molecular imaging technique to detect, map, and measure neurotransmitters released acutely in the human brain during task performance. Using this technique he studies dopaminergic control of human cognition and behavior. He is also interested in learning the nature of dysregulated dopamine neurotransmission in different psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions. He is particularly interested in the brain mechanisms that control conscious experiences at cortical and subcortical levels. His research is funded by NIMH, NINDS, VA, and various research foundations. Currently he is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neuromodulation scholar at University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. He is also the Director of Laboratory of Advanced Radiochemistry and the Laboratory of Molecular and Functional Imaging.

Research Interest

His research focuses on the study of brain mechanisms that are responsible for abnormal behavioral, cognitive and emotional processing. He uses a novel dynamic molecular imaging technique (that he recently developed), to detect changes in the brain neurochemistry. He also uses cutting edge functional MRI techniques to study psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions. He is primarily interested in understanding the behavioral and cognitive effects of dysregulated dopamine neurotransmission. His research is funded by the grants from National Institutes of Health and Veteran’s Administration.

Scientific Activities


• Member of a number of National and International Scientific Societies