Mert Sabuncu

Mert Sabuncu

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Frank H T Rhodes Hall, Room 300
Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering


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.

Dr. Sabuncu received a Ph.D. 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.
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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

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


  • B.S. (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Middle East Technical University, 2001
  • M.Eng. (Electrical Engineering), Princeton University, 2003
  • Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering), Princeton University, 2006

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