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Mert Sabuncu

  • Mert Sabuncu
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Address: 300 Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall
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Mert R. Sabuncu joined Cornell University in July 2017 as Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a secondary appointment in the School of Biomedical Engineering. He will be transitioning from a faculty position at the A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital). 

Dr. Sabuncu received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, where his dissertation work focused on entropy-based image registration. He then moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to do a post-doc at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). His post-doc work dealt with developing algorithms to analyze large-scale biomedical image data.

Research Interests

- Biomedical image analysis, with application focus in neurology/neuroscience- Applied machine learning in bio-medicine - Probabilistic modeling of biological (e.g., genetic) data - Image processing, computer vision


Selected Publications

  • Ge, T., M. Reuter, A. M. Winkler, A. J. Holmes, P. H. Lee, L. S. Tirrell, Mert Sabuncu. 2016. "Multidimensional heritability of neuroanatomical shape." Nature communications.
  • Sabuncu, Mert, E. Konukoglu. 2015. "Clinical prediction from structural brain MRI scans: a large-scale empirical study." Neuroinformatics 13 (1).
  • Sabuncu, Mert, B. T. Yeo, K. Van Leemput, B. Fischl, P. Golland. 2010. "A generative model for image segmentation based on label fusion." IEEE transactions on medical imaging 29 (10).
  • Sabuncu, Mert, B. D. Singer, B. Conroy, R. E. Bryan, P. J. Ramadge, J. V. Haxby. 2010. "Function-based intersubject alignment of human cortical anatomy." Cerebral Cortex 20 (1).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Career Development Grant (K25) (NIH NIBIB) 2011
  • Young Investigator Publication Impact Award (Co-authored paper) (MICCAI'11) 2011
  • Catalyst KL2 Merit Award (Harvard) 2010
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University) 2006



  • BS (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Middle East Technical University, 2001
  • MEng (Electrical Engineering), Princeton University, 2003
  • Ph D (Electrical Engineering), Princeton University, 2006