Marwan Baliki

Marwan Baliki, PhD

Research scientist
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About Me

Today, chronic pain is deemed an “epidemic” in the United States by the American Academy of Pain Management. It remains the primary reason why people seek healthcare, and everyday 50 million Americans are either partially or totally disabled by pain. The health care and lost productivity costs associated with chronic pain are estimated to be > $600 billion/year in the US alone. This lack of success in both managing chronic pain and understanding it development comes from a lack of understanding the central processes of chronic pain, especially the role of the brain, which has been ignored till the past decade. My research seeks to identify the brain mechanisms underlying the processing, modulation and development of chronic pain in different clinical settings. My research utilizes state of the art brain imaging technology that enables us to formulate comprehensive and accurate biological models to study chronic pain, its relationship to function and psychological disorders, as well as its responsiveness to various therapeutic interventions.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1995 - 1998
    Bachelor of Science, Biology American University of Beirut
    1998 - 2001
    Masters of Science, Neuroscience American University of Beirut
    2003 - 2009
    Ph.D., Neuroscience Northwestern University
    2001 - 2003
    Visiting Scholar, Department of Physiology Northwestern University


    2009 - 2012
    Post-doctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University


    2012 - 2015
    Research Associate Northwestern University

Recent Publications

Altered functional connectivity associated with time discounting in chronic pain.
Wakaizumi K, Jabakhanji R, Ihara N, Kosugi S, Terasawa Y, Morisaki H, Ogaki M, Baliki MN
Scientific reports
doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-44497-5
Brain network topology influences response to intensive comprehensive aphasia treatment.
Baliki MN, Babbitt EM, Cherney LR
doi: 10.3233/NRE-182428
Deconstructing biomarkers for chronic pain: context- and hypothesis-dependent biomarker types in relation to chronic pain.
Reckziegel D, Vachon-Presseau E, Petre B, Schnitzer TJ, Baliki MN, Apkarian AV
doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001529


  • Collaborator: fMRI-based Biomarkers for Multiple Components of Pain
    NIH R01 DA035484-01 , 2013 - 2015
  • Fidelity Foundation Grant
    Principle Investigator: Awarded $150,000 over 2 years to investigate functional and anatomical changes in different types of chronic pain, 2009 - 2011

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