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My name is Xin Di (邸新 in Chinese). I am currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology. My research interest is mainly on understanding of brain connectivity and brain network organizations using brain imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). I develop computational models to measure brain connectivity in different mental conditions, such as during cognitive tasks and watching movies. I am also interested in applying the methods to understand brain development and aging, as well as mental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

I am currently an Associate Editor for Frontiers Brain Imaging Methods section after I have served for five years as a Review Editor. Over the past 10 years, I have reviewed more than 170 papers for scientific journals, including Nature Communications, GigaScience, Cerebral Cortex, Neuroimage, Human Brain Mapping, Scientific Data, Neurobiology of Aging, PLOS Computational Biology,  Neuroinformatics, and many more. I have been awarded as Top reviewers in Neuroscience by Publons in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

For more about me, please see my CV


  • April 30, 2020: Our new study is out in Brain Structure and Function. In this study, Yang Hang used task modulated connectivity to study brain connectivity in schizophrenia and behavioral relevance. 
  • March 31, 2020: I become an Associate Editor for Frontiers Brain Imaging Methods section. See my Frontiers editorial contributions here.

Selected publications

Working papers

  • Di X, Biswal BB (2020): Dissecting individual differences in responses to naturalistic stimuli in functional MRI: effects of development and gender. bioRxiv; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.01.073163
  • Di X, Woelfer M, Kuhn SB, Zhang Z, Biswal BB (2019): Estimations of the weather effects on brain functions using functional MRI - a cautionary tale. bioRxiv; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/646695 

Recently published papers

  • Di X, Biswal BB (2020): Intersubject consistent dynamic connectivity during natural vision revealed by functional MRI. Neuroimage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116698
  • Di X, Zhang H, Biswal BB (2020): Anterior cingulate cortex differently modulates fronto-parietal functional connectivity between resting-state and working memory tasks. Hum Brain Mapp 41:1797–1805. link  

Most cited papers

  • Di X, Gohel S, Kim EH and Biswal BB (2013). Task vs. Rest - Different Network Configurations between the Coactivation and the Resting-State Brain Networks. Front Hum Neurosci. 7:493. link
  • Di X, Biswal BB, Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (2012). Metabolic Brain Covariant Networks as Revealed by FDG-PET with reference to resting-state fMRI networks. Brain Connect 2(5):275-83. link