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Assistant Director, Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology


Biography & Affiliation

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology




PhD: Physics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1989.

MS: Physics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1985.

BS: Physics, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1981.


Network-based Responses to the Psychomotor Vigilance Task during Lapses in Adolescents after Short and Extended Sleep. DiFrancesco, MW; Van Dyk, T; Altaye, M; Drummond, SP A; Beebe, DW. Scientific Reports. 2019; 9.

Phenotype of ventilatory control in children with moderate to severe persistent asthma and obstructive sleep apnea. He, Z; Domany, KA; Nava-Guerra, L; Khoo, MC K; DiFrancesco, M; Xu, Y; McConnell, K; Hossain, MM; Amin, R. Sleep. 2019; 42.

The effect of adenotonsillectomy on ventilatory control in children with obstructive sleep apnea. Domany, KA; He, Z; Nava-Guerra, L; Khoo, MC K; Xu, Y; Hossain, MM; DiFrancesco, M; McConnell, K; Amin, RS. Sleep. 2019; 42.

Differential effect of reading training on functional connectivity in It children with reading difficulties with and without ADHD comorbidity. Horowitz-Kraus, T; Hershey, A; Kay, B; DiFrancesco, M. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 2019; 49:93-108.

Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes and the Developing Brain. Redel, JM; Dolan, LM; DiFrancesco, M; Vannest, J; Shah, AS. Current Diabetes Reports. 2019; 19.

Resting-state functional connectivity of subcortical locomotor centers explains variance in walking capacity. Boyne, P; Maloney, T; DiFrancesco, M; Fox, MD; Awosika, O; Aggarwal, P; Woeste, J; Jaroch, L; Braswell, D; Vannest, J. Human Brain Mapping. 2018; 39:4831-4843.

Cardioventilatory Control in Preterm-born Children and the Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Domany, KA; Hossain, MM; Nava-Guerra, L; Khoo, MC; McConnell, K; Carroll, JL; Xu, Y; DiFrancesco, M; Amin, RS. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2018; 197:1596-1603.

Brain gray matter volume differences in obese youth with type 2 diabetes: a pilot study. Redel, JM; DiFrancesco, M; Vannest, J; Altaye, M; Beebe, D; Khoury, J; Dolan, LM; Lee, G; Brunner, H; Holland, S; et al. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2018; 31:261-268.

Age-related changes in baroreflex sensitivity and cardiac autonomic tone in children mirrored by regional brain gray matter volume trajectories. DiFrancesco, MW; Shamsuzzaman, A; McConnell, KB; Ishman, SL; Zhang, N; Huang, G; Hossain, M; Amin, RS. Pediatric Research. 2018; 83:498-505.

Relationship Between Alpha Rhythm and the Default Mode Network: An EEG-fMRI Study. Bowman, AD; Griffis, JC; Visscher, KM; Dobbins, AC; Gawne, TJ; DiFrancesco, MW; Szaflarski, JP. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2017; 34:527-533.