Nadia Barakat

Nadia Barakat, Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineering & Sciences
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Dr. Barakat’s expertise is in medical imaging and clinical study design. She has over ten years of expansive experience developing MRI methodologies to study the nervous system. Her specific experience includes protocol development, image processing/analysis, and biomarker identification. She has researched the clinical utility of multimodal imaging in traumatic spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and rare autoimmune disease. Dr. Barakat’s research experience and interests also include the use of imaging in urology, regenerative medicine, evaluating the efficacy of rehabilitative efforts, and monitoring neurological recovery. Dr. Barakat’s experience also includes brain-machine interfaces, specifically neural signal processing, as well as the study of Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) platforms and their responsiveness to detect functional changes in children with cerebral palsy.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Barakat was a scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. She was a recipient of NIH research funding to study pediatric neuro-inflammatory disease, and was awarded the Derek Hardwood-Nash Award for best paper in pediatric neuroradiology by the American Society of Neuroradiology.


  • Ph.D., Engineering, Temple University, 2012
  • M.S., Bioengineering, Temple University, 2009
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Temple University, 2006



  • Barakat N, Gorman MP, et al. “Pain and Spinal Cord Imaging Measures in Children with Demyelinating Disease”. NeuroImage: Clinical 2015, Sep 6;9:338-47.
  • Barakat N, Shah P, et al. “Inter- and intra-rater reliability of diffusion tensor imaging parameters in the normal pediatric spinal cord”. World J Radiol 2015; 7(9): 279–285.
  • Barakat N, Mohamed F, et al. “Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Normal Pediatric Spinal Cord using an inner-FoV EPI Sequence”. American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR). 2012; 33(6):1127-33.

Book chapter:

Mohamed F, Faro S, Barakat N. Chapter 30: "Advances in imaging”. Spinal Cord Injury in the Child and Young Adult [Lawrence Vogel]. Mac Keith Press. Publication date: October 2014.


“Establishing a Relationship Between Pain and Spinal Cord Demyelination”. The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), 2019. Montreal, QC, Canada.

“Advanced imaging to better understand myelitis and pain in children and young adults”. Rare Neuro-Immune Disorders Symposium (RNDS), 2018. Boston, MA.

Prior Experience

Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 2015-2020

Staff Scientist, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA 2015-2020

Professional Affiliations

Member, Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association (SRNA)

Member, The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)