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Laura joined the Quantitative Medical Imaging Section upon completing her Ph.D. at George Washington University and currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Henry Jackson Foundation performing her studies at NIBIB. Laura’s current project is to apply quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods such as diffusion MRI and relaxometry in vivo to researching traumatic brain injury (TBI) and testing potential treatments in animal models. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that is abundant in cell membranes of the brain. DHA has been shown to have neuroprotective and neuroreparative effects, and supplementation in mice improves TBI recovery. DHA might therefore be an effective protective agent for TBI. Laura’s work thus examines the effects of DHA supplementation on controlled cortical impact (CCI) and the closed-head impact model of engineered rotational acceleration (CHIMERA) models of TBI using advanced quantitative MRI techniques.