David Qixiang Chen

I’m currently pursuing PhD degree in Neuroscience with Dr. Mojgan Hodaie, obsessing over machine learning and day dreaming about horse-back Asiatic archery.

I am also the co-founder of BenchSci.

I taught at the University of Toronto Chinese Martial Arts Club and practice with the Jifeng crew.



  • Machine learning and data science.
  • Neuroscience research with applied neuroimaging analysis.
  • Neuroimaging in neuropathic pain.
  • Computer generated anatomical visualization of small fiber tracts and exploring the potential role in utilizing these techniques for pre-surgical planning.
  • High angular resolution diffusion magnetic resonance imaging and tractography.
  • Cortical/subcortical segmentation and structural analysis.


PhD Candidate
Institute of Medical Science
University of Toronto

Honors Bachelor of Science
Computer Science Software Engineer Specialist
University of Toronto


Chen DQ, DeSouza DD, Hayes DJ, Davis KD, O’Connor P, Hodaie M. Diffusivity signatures characterize trigeminal neuralgia associated with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 2015;1–13.

Chen DQ, Strauss I, Hayes DJ, Davis KD, Hodaie M. Age-Related Changes in Diffusion Tensor Imaging Metrics of Fornix Subregions in Healthy Humans. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. 2015;151–159.

Chen DQ, Quan J, Guha A, Tymianski M, Mikulis D, Hodaie M. Three dimensional in vivo modelling of vestibular schwannomas and surrounding cranial nerves using diffusion imaging tractography. Neurosurgery. 2011 Jan ;68(4):1077-1083.

Desouza DD, Moayedi M, Chen DQ, Davis KD, Hodaie M. Sensorimotor and Pain Modulation Brain Abnormalities in Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Paroxysmal, Sensory-Triggered Neuropathic Pain. PLoS One. 2013;8(6):e66340. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066340.

Hodaie M, Chen DQ, Quan J, Laperriere N. Tractography Delineates Microstructural Changes in the Trigeminal Nerve after Focal Radiosurgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia. PLoS ONE 2012 Mar;7(3):e32745.

Hodaie M, Quan J, Chen DQ. In vivo visualization of cranial nerve pathways in humans using diffusion-based tractography. Neurosurgery. 2010 Apr ;66(4):788-95; discussion 795-6.