Owen Robert Phillips, PhD
Cell: 1-415-849-8618

Core Expertise

I’m a collaborative interdisciplinary entrepreneurial-minded neuro-data scientist who thrives working with people from diverse backgrounds (bioinformatics/ biology/CS/engineering/medicine/genetics) in order to understand the biology of human health.
• Productive: 30+ highly cited publications (11 first authored) with active collaborations all over the world (US/France/Germany/Italy/Japan).
• Innovative: Created and led to success a MRI Deep Learning team.
• Expert: Developed a novel multimodal MRI analysis method (owenphillips.com/methods.html).

Professional Experience

Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, 2016 – Current
Neuroscience Research: Postdoctoral Fellow
• Managed novel analytic methods development for “big” data which led to a first authored publication (under review) and multiple conference presentations.
• Created and led Deep Learning in Genomics and Neuroimaging data team which resulted in a new tool that speeds up data processing and quality control of MRI data.
• Integrated genomics and MRI data and uncovered novel insights between genes and the brain (publication under review).
• Organized and led multiple interdisciplinary international and intercollegiate collaobrations (UCLA/France/Germany/Japan) focused on brain aging and autoimmune disorders (publications under review).
• Trained undergraduate, graduate and MD/PhD level collaborators in MRI data analysis.

Toulouse Mind and Brain Institute, Toulouse, April-May France, 2017
Neuroscience Research: Visiting Scholar Fellowship
• Conducted neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple System Atrophy/Parkinson’s disease) research which led to a novel finding (publication under review).
• Fostered additional ongoing collaborations beyond the scope of the fellowship which has led to new interdisciplinary research.
• Trained collaborators on neuroimaging and data analysis methods.

Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy, 2012 – 2015
Neuroscience Research: Graduate Student
• Published five first authored manuscripts.
• Created, managed and mined large database which led to publications.
• Initiated successful international collaborations.

UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 2007 – 2012
Neuroscience Research: Research Associate
• Created a new way to investigate the brain (owenphillips.com/methods.html).
• Published four first authored manuscripts.
• Managed Research Team & trained collaborators on Protocols.
• Assisted teaching a graduate level class on brain anatomy and created original materials for the class.


Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Rome, Tor Vergata, 2012-2015
White Matter abnormalities in Huntington’s disease. Highest honors.

B.S., Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), 2003-2006

Continuing Education

Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 2017
Ignite – Business fundamentals for entrepreneurs

Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 2017
Venture Studio – Entrepreneurial community

Stanford University: CS 273B: Deep Learning in Genomics and Biomedicine
Stanford University: HRP 271: Scientific Communication and Media
Stanford & MIT Sloan School of Management: Negotiation & Influence
Stanford University: Selected by the Executive Committee of the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies for a Visiting Junior Scholar Fellowship (2016) – Toulouse, France
Human Brain Project: Selected for the workshop on Future Computing (2015) – Obergurgl, Austria
Human Brain Project: Selected for the workshop on Future Medicine – Lausanne, Switzerland

Technical Skills

Programing: Python, R, Shell Scripting
Neuro Imaging: MRI, fMRI, DTI, spectroscopy – Tools: BrainSuite, DTIStudio, FSL, Freesurfer, LONI Tools, MedINRIA, SPM, TrackVis, self-made
Genetics: Plink, Shape-IT, IMPUTE2, dbGap
Design: Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, After Effects, InDesign, etc.)


Google Scholar
1.         Phillips O, Joshi S, Narr K, Shattuck D, Singh M, Di Paola M, Ploner C, Pruess H, Paul F, Finke C. The Superficial White matter in Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. --In Submission
2.         Phillips O, Joshi S, Squitieri F, Sanchez-Castaneda C, Narr K, Shattuck D, Caltagirone C, Sabatini U DPM. Major Superficial White Matter Abnormalities in Huntington disease. Frontiers  (2016)
3.         Phillips O, Joshi S, Piras F, D OM, M I, Narr K, Shattuck D, Caltagirone C, Spalletta G, Di Paola M. The Superficial White Matter in Alzheimer’s Disease. Hum Brain Mapp (2016) doi:10.1002/hbm.23105
4.         Phillips O, Squitieri F, Sanchez-Castaneda C, Elifani F, Caltagirone C, Sabatini U, Di Paola M. Deep White Matter in Huntington’s Disease. PLoS One (2014) 9:e109676. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109676
5.         Phillips O, Squitieri F, Sanchez-Castaneda C, Elifani F, Griguoli A, Maglione V, Caltagirone C, Sabatini U, Di Paola M. The Corticospinal Tract in Huntington’s Disease. Cereb Cortex (2014) doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu065
6.         Phillips O, Sanchez-Castaneda C, Elifani F, Maglione V, Di Pardo A, Caltagirone C, Squitieri F, Sabatini U, Di Paola M. Tractography of the Corpus Callosum in Huntington’s Disease. PLoS One (2013) 8:e73280. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073280
7.         Phillips O, Nuechterlein KH, Asarnow RF, Clark KA, Cabeen R, Yang Y, Woods RP, Toga AW, Narr KL. Mapping corticocortical structural integrity in schizophrenia and effects of genetic liability. Biol Psychiatry (2011) 70:680–689. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.03.039
8.         Phillips O, Clark K a., Woods RP, Subotnik KL, Asarnow RF, Nuechterlein KH, Toga AW, Narr KL. Topographical relationships between arcuate fasciculus connectivity and cortical thickness. Hum Brain Mapp (2011) 32:1788–1801. doi:10.1002/hbm.21147
9.         Phillips O, Clark KA, Luders E, Azhir R, Joshi SH, Woods RP, Mazziotta JC, Toga AW, Narr KL. Superficial white matter: effects of age, sex, and hemisphere. Brain Connect (2013) 3:146–159. doi:10.1089/brain.2012.0111
10.       Phillips O, Nuechterlein KH, Clark KA, Hamilton LS, Asarnow RF, Hageman NS, Toga AW, Narr KL. Fiber tractography reveals disruption of temporal lobe white matter tracts in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res (2009) 107:30–38. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2008.10.019
11.       Joshi SH, Narr KL, Philips O, Nuechterlein KH, Asarnow RF, Toga AW, Woods RP. Statistical shape analysis of the corpus callosum in Schizophrenia. Neuroimage (2013) 64:547–59. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.09.024
12.       Di Paola M, Phillips O, Sanchez-Castaneda C, Di Pardo A, Maglione V, Caltagirone C, Sabatini U, Squitieri F. MRI measures of corpus callosum iron and myelin in early Huntington’s disease. Hum Brain Mapp (2014) 35:3143–3151. doi:10.1002/hbm.22391
13.       Hamilton LS, Levitt JG, O’Neill J, Alger JR, Luders E, Phillips O, Caplan R, Toga AW, McCracken J, Narr KL. Reduced white matter integrity in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Neuroreport (2008) 19:1705–1708. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283174415
14.       Narr KL, Woods RP, Lin J, Kim J, Phillips O, Del’Homme M, Caplan R, Toga AW, McCracken JT, Levitt JG. Widespread cortical thinning is a robust anatomical marker for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2009) 48:1014–1022. doi:10.1097/CHI.0b013e3181b395c0.Widespread
15.       Luders E, Narr KL, Hamilton LS, Phillips O, Thompson PM, Valle JS, Del’Homme M, Strickland T, McCracken JT, Toga AW, et al. Decreased callosal thickness in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biol Psychiatry (2009) 65:84–8. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2008.08.027
16.       Hamilton LS, Altshuler LL, Townsend J, Bookheimer SY, Phillips O, Fischer J, Woods RP, Mazziotta JC, Toga AW, Nuechterlein KH, et al. Alterations in functional activation in euthymic bipolar disorder and schizophrenia during a working memory task. Hum Brain Mapp (2009) 30:3958–69. doi:10.1002/hbm.20820
17.       Narr KL, Szeszko PR, Lencz T, Woods RP, Hamilton LS, Phillips O, Robinson D, Burdick KE, DeRosse P, Kucherlapati R, et al. DTNBP1 is associated with imaging phenotypes in schizophrenia. Hum Brain Mapp (2009) 30:3783–94. doi:10.1002/hbm.20806
18.       Narr KL, Hageman N, Woods RP, Hamilton LS, Clark K, Phillips O, Shattuck DW, Asarnow RF, Toga AW, Nuechterlein KH. Mean diffusivity: a biomarker for CSF-related disease and genetic liability effects in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res (2009) 171:20–32. doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2008.03.008
19.       Luders E, Phillips O, Clark K, Kurth F, Toga AW, Narr KL. Bridging the Hemispheres in Meditation: thicker callosal regions and enhanced fractional anisotropy (FA) in long-term practitioners. Neuroimage (2012) 61:181–187. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.02.026.Bridging
20.       Zhang J, Narr K, Woods R, Phillips O, Alger J, R; E. Glutamate normalization with ECT treatment response in major depression. Mol Psychiatry (2013) 18:268.
21.       Yang Y, Phillips O, Kan E, Sulik KK, Mattson SN, Riley EP, Jones KL, Adnams CM, May P a., O’Connor MJ, et al. Callosal Thickness Reductions Relate to Facial Dysmorphology in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Alcohol Clin Exp Res (2012) 36:798–806. doi:10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01679.x
22.       Di Paola M, Phillips O, Costa A, Ciurli P, Bivona U, Catani S, Formisano R, Caltagirone C, Carlesimo GA. Selective Cognitive Dysfunction Is Related to a Specific Pattern of Cerebral Damage in Persons With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil (2014)1. doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000063
23.       Clark K, Narr KL, O’Neill J, Levitt J, Siddarth P, Phillips O, Toga A, Caplan R. White matter integrity, language, and childhood onset schizophrenia. Schizophr Res (2012) 138:150–156. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2012.02.016
24.       Clark KA, Nuechterlein KH, Asarnow RF, Hamilton LS, Phillips O, Hageman NS, Woods RP, Alger JR, Toga AW, Narr KL. Mean diffusivity and fractional anisotropy as indicators of disease and genetic liability to schizophrenia. J Psychiatr Res (2011) 45:980–8. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.01.006
25.       Joseph J, Warton C, Jacobson SW, Jacobson JL, Molteno CD, Eicher A, Marais P, Phillips O, Narr KL, Meintjes EM. Three-dimensional surface deformation-based shape analysis of hippocampus and caudate nucleus in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Hum Brain Mapp (2014) 35:659–672. doi:10.1002/hbm.22209
26.       Kurth F, Levitt JG, Phillips O, Luders E, Woods RP, Mazziotta JC, Toga AW, Narr KL. Relationships between gray matter, body mass index, and waist circumference in healthy adults. Hum Brain Mapp (2013) 34:1737–46. doi:10.1002/hbm.22021
27.       Luders E, Thompson PM, Kurth F, Hong JY, Phillips O, Wang Y, Gutman B a., Chou YY, Narr KL, Toga AW. Global and regional alterations of hippocampal anatomy in long-term meditation practitioners. Hum Brain Mapp (2013) 34:3369–3375. doi:10.1002/hbm.22153
28.       Narayan VM, Narr KL, Phillips O, Thompson PM, Toga AW, Szeszko PR. Greater regional cortical gray matter thickness in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neuroreport (2008) 19:1551–1555. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283112720\r00001756-200810080-00021 [pii]
29.       Szeszko PR, Narr KL, Phillips O, McCormack J, Sevy S, Gunduz-Bruce H, Kane JM, Bilder RM, Robinson DG. Magnetic resonance imaging predictors of treatment response in first-episode schizophrenia. Schizophr Bull (2012) 38:569–578. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbq126
30.       Yang Y, Nuechterlein KH, Phillips O, Hamilton LS, Subotnik KL, Asarnow RF, Toga AW, Narr KL. The contributions of disease and genetic factors towards regional cortical thinning in schizophrenia: the UCLA family study. Schizophr Res (2010) 123:116–25. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2010.08.005
31.       Yang Y, Nuechterlein KH, Phillips O, Gutman B, Kurth F, Dinov ID, Thompson PM, Asarnow RF, Toga AW, Narr KL. Disease and genetic contributions toward local tissue volume disturbances in schizophrenia: a tensor-based morphometry study. Hum Brain Mapp (2012) 33:2081–2091. doi:10.1002/hbm.21349