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Nadia M. Biassou MD, PhD
Staff Clinician
Radiology and Imaging Sciences

Academic Degrees
BA, Amherst College
MA, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MD, University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine


Phone: 301-402-5725


Dr. Biassou earned her medical degree at the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine. Her clinical training includes fellowship training in Neuroradiology from the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a residency in diagnostic radiology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Amherst College and a MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Linguistics, where she studied the neural basis of language and communication.

Much of Dr. Biassou’s research over the last decade has been devoted to the understanding of the relationship between brain and language. Dr. Biassou’s research focuses on the study of preconscious language processing using psycholinguistic and neuroimaging tools to better understand the neural basis of cognitive/linguistic behavior in humans in the hope of developing objective diagnostic tools that will improve patient care.

Dr. Biassou has served as Visiting Researcher to the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail in Toulouse France, where she worked to better understand language recovery post stroke in French speaking patients with Prof. Jean-Luc Nespoulous, Former Director of the University of Toulouse’s Center for Cognitive Science and Director of Laboratoire, Jacques Lordat. She has also been a visiting scholar to the Conference on Comparative Aphasia at the University of New Mexico during the Linguistics Summer Institute. Dr. Biassou has presented her work nationally and internationally and has published in journals such as Neurology, Brain and Language and Brain and Cognition, and Brain.


Dr. Biassou has been awarded the Steven Lukes Memorial Prize for Excellence in both Internal Medicine and Neurology from the University of Chicago School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Brain Research Institute Women’s Council Research Award.

Selected Publications

Soltysik, D., Thomasson, D., Rajan, S, Castillo, X., & Biassou, N. (2011). Head repositioning does not reduce the reproducibility of fMRI activation during a block design motor task. Neuroimage.  56, 1329-1337. 

Cable, C., Finkel, R. S., Lehky, T. H., Biassou, N. M., Wiggs, E. A., Bunin, N., & Pierson, T. M. (2011). Unrelated umbilical cord blood transplant for juvenile metachromatic leukodystrophy: A five year follow-up in three affected siblings.  Molecular Genetic Metabolism. 102(2). 207-209.

Towle, V. L., Yoon, H., Castelle, M., Edgar, C., Biassou, N., Frim, D., Kohrman, M. H. (2008).  Cortical language areas emit ECog gamma activity. Brain, 131(8). 2013-2027.

Biassou, N. (2000). The neural encoding of lexical perception in the human cortex: A functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study. PhD Thesis. University of Pennsylvania

Biassou, N., Obler, LK., Nespoulous, JL., Dordain, M., & Harris, KS. 1999. A nyilt es zart szoosztalyok kettos feldolgozasa. In Banreti Zoltan (Ed.) Nyelvi Strukturak es az Agy Neurolingvisztikai Tanulmanyok. Egyetemi Konyvtar: Corvina p. 121-135.

Biassou, N. Obler, LK., Nespoulous, JL., Harris, KS & Dordain, M. 1997. Dual processing of open- and closed-class words. Brain & Language. 57, 360-373.

Biassou, N., Grossman, M., Onishi, K., Mickanin, J., Hughes, E., Robinson, K., & D’Esposito, M. 1995. Phonological processing deficits in Alzheimer’s Disease. Neurology. 45, 2165-2169.

Selected Abstract Publications

Thomasson, D., and Biassou, N. 2011. Keyhole Pres Functional MRI: Improved temporal resolution with reduced distortions. American Society of Neuroradiology, Seattle Washington Annual Conference.

Biassou, N., Liberman, M., Grossman, M. 2010. Listening without hearing: The neural basis of lexical auditory perception. Human Brain Mapping Conference. Barcelona, Spain.

Biassou, N., Onishi, K., Grossman, M., & D’Esposito, M. 1995. Text comprehension in Alzheimer’s disease. Brain & Language. 51, 186- 188.

Alavi, A., Biassou, N., Ding, X., D’Esposito. M., Grossman, M., Hughes, E., Onishi, K., Reivich, M., Robinson, K. 1994. PET Activation in Alzheimer’s Disease demonstrates the role of the left angular gyrus in semantic processing. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts. 20: A1271.

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