Dr. Leuze co-directs the Visualization Laboratory, a Wu Tsai Neuro Community Lab focused on exploring applications of virtual and mixed reality technologies in neuroscience research. As a former Interdisciplinary Scholar, Dr. Leuze applied the CLARITY technique to human brain tissue that is analyzed in parallel by 3D dMRI with the goal of deciphering the structural resolution achievable with dMRI.
Dr. Leuze is working on techniques for visualization of MRI data using virtual and augmented reality devices. He has developed an MRI viewer for the Samsung Gear VR and has presented projects on MRI data volumetric visualization and registration to the real world using the Microsoft Hololens and the Intel RealSense camera. Dr. Leuze is furthermore refining MRI techniques for measuring brain circuits by validation with tissue clearing and optical imaging methods.
Dr. Leuze studied physics at the university of Leipzig in Germany and as an exchange student at the Chiba university in Japan. During his Ph.D. thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, he worked on high-resolution diffusion MRI measurements in the cortex. As a Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary postdoctoral scholar, his proposed project focused on brain connectivity measurements using diffusion MRI at ultra-high fields and increasing the feasibility of such measurements by histological validation.