Craig Ferris

Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering
Professor,  Psychology



  • 617.373.3083

Research Focus

Mild head injury and brain clearance of waste


  • Postdoctoral Training, Neuroendocrinology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1980-1981
  • PhD, Physiology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, 1976-1979
  • MS, Physiology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, 1974-1976
  • BS, Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1970-1974

Research Overview

Mild head injury and brain clearance of waste

Center for Translational NeuroImaging

small animal magnetic resonance imaging in the areas of drug discovery and neurodegenerative diseases.

Selected Publications

  • Sadaka AH*, Ozuna AG*, Ortiz RJ, Kulkarni P, Johnson CT, Bradshaw HB, Cushing BS, Li AL, Hohmann AG, Ferris CF.  Cannabidiol has a unique effect on global brain activity: a pharmacological, functional MRI study in awake mice. J Translational Medicine. 2021 PMID: 34030718
  • Ferris CF.  Rethinking the Conditions and Mechanism for Glymphatic Clearance Frontiers Neuroscience 2021 PMID:33897347
  • Alkislar I*, Miller AR*, Hohmann AG, Sadaka AH*, Cai X, Kulkarni P, Ferris CF. Inhaled Cannabis Suppresses Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathic Nociception by Decoupling the Raphe Nucleus: A Functional Imaging Study in Rats Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2021 PMID: 33622657
  • J. Qiao, C.M. Lawson, K.F.G. Rentrup, P. Kulkarni, C.F. Ferris, Evaluating Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability in a Rat Model of Type 2 Diabetes, Journal of Translational Medicine, 18, 2020, 256
  • T.E. Ziegler, P. Kulkarni, H. Ash, X. Cai, M. Elizabeth Mayerand, B. Rauch, C.F. Ferris, Novel Imaging Technology and Procedures for Studying Brain Function in Preadolescent Awake Marmosets, J Neurosci Methods, 343, 2020, 108823
  • X. Cai, J. Qiao, P. Kulkarni, I.C. Harding, E. Ebong, C.F. Ferris, Imaging the Effect of the Circadian Light-Dark Cycle on the Glymphatic System in Awake Rats, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 117(1), 2020, 668-676
  • C.F. Ferris, X. Cai, J. Qiao, B. Switzer, J. Baun, T. Morrison, S. Iriah, D. Madularu, K.W. Sinkevicius, P. Kulkarni, Life Without a Brain: Neuroradiological and Behavioral Evidence of Neuroplasticity Necessary to Sustain Brain Function in the Face of Severe Hydrocephalus, Scientific Reports, 9, 2019, 16479
  • P. Kulkarni, T.R. Morrison, X. Cai, S. Iriah, N. Simon, J. Sabrick, L. Neuroth, C.F. Ferris Neuroradiological Changes Following Single or Repetitive Mild, Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 13, 2019, 34


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Jun 11, 2020

Making Her Mark

Her research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She also had an internship at Sanofi and is part of the Experiential PhD program.


Mar 23, 2017

FY18 TIER 1 Award Recipients

21 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY18 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing $600K dollars of investment in research.


Apr 06, 2011

FY12 TIER 1 Award Recipients

28 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY12 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different research projects.

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