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Jason Cai

Jason Cai, PhD

Faculty Member

Center for Neurodevelopment and Plasticity

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Brain PET imaging and neuropharmacology

Jason Cai's research group develops novel imaging probes for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) neuroimaging, providing sensitive and quantitative measurements of neuroactivity and neurochemical processes. Besides serving as a disease diagnosis and prognosis tool, the application of brain PET imaging in human brain function studies is expected to facilitate our understanding of cognition at a systemic yet cellular level.




Cai graduated with a BA from the School of Pharmaceutical Science at Tianjin University in 2005. He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia and learned Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging with Dr. Carolyn Anderson at the University of Pittsburgh. Cai joined Yale's PET Center in 2015 and is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Pharmacology. Cai plays soccer regularly with his friends and enjoys learning new sports, like tennis, skiing, swimming, and others.