Research information:

My postdoctoral research is focused on the neural mechanisms underlying inter-individual differences in reading and working memory abilities. I am interested in linking genes, brain and behavior in order to understand the neural bases for inter-individual differences in cognitive ability.

I have completed a BA in Physics and an MSc in Medical Physics at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. My master’s thesis was in the field of diffusion tensor imaging and focused on white matter tractography algorithms.

In 2010, I joined Klingberg lab for my PhD. My doctoral research focused on the developmental neuroimaging studies to find the associations between genes, brain and behavior. I gained experience in longitudinal analyses of multimodal neuroimaging techniques such as structural, functional and diffusion tensor MRI. My main research interest was to find the white matter pathways and the structural connectivity relating to the reading and working memory functional network.


Refereed journal articles:

Hofmeister W, Nilsson D, Topa A, Anderlid BM, Darki F et al. CTNND2- a candidate gene for reading problems and mild intellectual disability. Journal of Medical Genetics 2014, 52(2). DOI:10.1136/jmedgenet-2014-102757.

Darki F, Peyrard-Janvid M, Matsson H, Kere J, Klingberg T. DCDC2 polymorphism is associated with left temporoparietal gray and white matter structures during development, Journal of Neuroscience 2014, 34(43):14455–14462

Darki F, Klingberg T. The role of fronto-parietal and fronto-striatal netork in the development of working memory: a longitudinal study Cerebral Cortex, Cereb. Cortex 2014; doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht352

Bergman-Nutley S, Darki F, Klingberg T. Music practice is associated with development of working memory during childhood and adolescence Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7: 926.

Darki F, Oghabian MA. False positive control of activated voxels in single fMRI analysis using bootstrap resampling in comparison to spatial smoothing. Magn Reson Imaging. 2013; 31(8):1331-7.

Scerri TS, Darki F, Newbury DF, Whitehouse AJO, Peyrard-Janvid M, Matsson H, Ang QW. The dyslexia candidate locus on 2p12 is associated with general cognitive ability and white matter structure. PLoS One. 2012; 7(11):e50321

Darki F, Peyrard-Janvid M, Matsson H, Kere J, Klingberg T. Three Dyslexia Susceptibility Genes, DYX1C1, DCDC2, and KIAA0319, Affect Temporo-Parietal White Matter Structure. Biological Psychiatry 2012; 72(8): 671-676.

Darki F, Oghabian MA, Ahmadian A, Soltanian Zadeh H, Zarei M. Fractional Anisotropy Weighted Front Evolution Algorithm for White Matter Tractography Based on Diffusion Tensor Imaging Data. International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology 2011; 21(4): 307–314.

Darki F, Oghabian MA. Accurate activation map detection using bootstrap resampling of single fMRI data. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2009: 4783-6.

Gharehaghaji N, Oghabian MA, Sarkar S, Darki F, Beitollahi A. How size evaluation of lymph node is protocol dependent in MRI when using ultrasmall super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 2009; 321(10): 1563-5.

Darki F, Oghabian MA, Ahmadian A, Soltanian Zadeh H, Zarei M, Boroomand A. Modified fast marching tractography algorithm and its ability to detect fibre crossing. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2007: 319-22.