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Assistant Professor of Radiology (Neuroimaging and Neurointervention) and, by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Materials Science and Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur goal is to develop and clinically implement new technologies for high-precision and noninvasive intervention upon the nervous system. Every few millimeters of the brain is functionally distinct, and different parts of the brain may have counteracting responses to therapy. To better match our therapies to neuroscience, we develop techniques that allow intervention upon only the right part of the nervous system at the right time, using technologies like focused ultrasound and nanotechnology.
Javier Ajenjo Barcenas
Postdoctoral Scholar, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
BioJavier received his MSci from the University Complutense in Madrid (Spain). He then moved to Prague (Czech Republic) where he earned his PhD degree in Chemistry from Univerzita Karlova under the supervision of Dr Petr Beier at IOCB, working on the synthesis and derivatization of hypervalent sulfur fluorides. During this period, he also took part as ESR of FLUOR21 initial training network led by Prof Graham Sandford (Durham University) and collaborated with F2 Chemicals Ltd. Later, he joined the University of Oxford (UK) as a postdoctoral research fellow to work on the synthesis and biological evaluation of F18-labeled ATM inhibitors under the supervision of Prof Bart Cornelissen. In 2021, he joined Ferrara lab as a postdoctoral scholar to work on the development of radiochemistry methods and the synthesis of therapeutics for medical imaging.
Demir Akin, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, Rad/Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection
Current Role at StanfordDeputy Director, Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence for Translational Diagnostics
Senior Research Scientist-Basic Life, Rad/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
BioResearch Focus and interests: Molecular Imaging, PET, Immuno-Oncology, Graft versus Host Disease, CAR T cells
Dr. Israt Alam is a Senior Scientist in the Radiology Department at Stanford University. She trained in Prof. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir's lab and transitioned to Dr. Michelle James' lab in 2021. Her research focuses on studying lymphocyte activation with the motivation of developing non-invasive imaging tools, to monitor immune dynamics in response to cancer immunotherapy and in immunopathology. Her work has supported the clinical translation of several nuclear imaging agents (small molecules and a biologic) for early detection of cancer and prediction of treatment response. She has also worked on several biomarker detection platforms for early disease detection. She is currently co-chair of the "Imaging in cell and immune therapies" (ICIT) interest group for the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS).
-Senior Research Scientist, James Lab, Department of Radiology, Stanford
-Life Sciences Research Associate, Gambhir Lab, Department of Radiology, Stanford
-Post-Doctoral Scholar, Gambhir Lab, Department of Radiology, Stanford
-Visiting Researcher /Churchill Travel Fellow in the Plateforme d'imagerie dynamique lab of Prof. Spencer Shorte, Pasteur Institute, Paris
-Science Education Consultant: United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris
-Science Education Intern: United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris
Affiliate, Rad/Pediatric Radiology
Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, Rad/Pediatric Radiology
BioI am a physicist by training (MSc) with a strong focus on Applied Biomechanics. I earned a Master of Research in Medical Imaging and obtained an EPSRC fellowship to carry out his PhD in University College London, collaborating actively with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. His scientific career has granted him a diverse background embedding imaging and diagnostic methodologies at microscopical level (nanotechnology) and at macroscopic level (using MRI).
I developed a highly international character, having studied and worked in 5 countries (Italy, France, United Kingdom, Norway and United States), participating in research funded by international grants (EC – European Commission H2020 for the project “Imaging the Force of Cancer, FORCE”, NIH Grant R21 EB030757) and collaborate with numerous institution across the world (University College London, INSERM Paris, King’s College London, University Hospital Heidelberg, University of Oslo, NIH Bethesda, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Stanford University).
I recently received a Horizon Marie Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission which is funding the project GLIOBID: Guiding glioblastoma treatments by decrypting tumour biomechanics via Magnetic Resonance Elastography (more details here https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101068340).
This project will be carried out at Stanford under the supervision of Prof. Heike Daldrup-Link and combined synergistically with Theragnostic cutting-edge technologies.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiology
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMolecularly-Targeted Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound in Ovarian Cancer
Automated Volumetric Molecular Ultrasound for Breast Cancer Imaging
Peripheral Nerve Imaging
Novel Ultrasound Imaging
Victoria (Tori) Arendt
Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other
Resident in Radiology
BioTori grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Duke University, where she majored in Biology and minored in Computer Science. After graduation, she moved to San Diego, where she worked at a biotechnology company researching stabilization of blood products at room temperature. In 2014, she moved to Palo Alto and began medical school at Stanford. During medical school, she worked with Dr. Rusty Hofmann in interventional radiology researching best practices in venous interventions, leading to multiple publications and presentations at SIR. After graduating from medical school in 2018, she began her general surgery intern year at the Cleveland Clinic and after a year in Cleveland, she returned to the California sunshine to begin radiology residency in July 2019. Tori continues to be active in her research into the treatment of venous disease. Outside of residency, she also enjoys hiking around northern California, traveling the world, running, and reading all types of books.
Visiting Instructor, Rad/Pediatric Radiology
BioDr. Ashfaq, Doctor of Medicine currently working in the Molecular Imaging program( MIPS) at Stanford school of medicine.Her Research interest focuses in the field of radiology particularly Molecular and cellular imaging, contrast agents, and Bio Nanotechnology.
Basic Life Research Scientist, Rad/Pediatric Radiology
Current Role at StanfordDr. Robin Augustine's current research interests revolve around three fascinating areas: graphene-based bioscaffolds, islet transplantation, and synchronized cellular response.
In the field of graphene-based bioscaffolds, Dr. Augustine actively explores the potential of graphene as a biomaterial for tissue engineering. With its unique properties, graphene offers exceptional opportunities for developing innovative bioscaffolds. Dr. Augustine aims to design and engineer graphene-based materials that can provide structural support, promote cellular adhesion and growth, and enhance tissue regeneration. Leveraging the exceptional properties of graphene, such as its mechanical strength, electrical conductivity, and biocompatibility, Dr. Augustine's goal is to contribute to the development of advanced bioscaffolds for various applications in regenerative medicine.
Another area of Dr. Augustine's research focuses on islet transplantation, particularly in the context of treating diabetes. Islet transplantation holds promise as a potential cure for type 1 diabetes, involving the transfer of insulin-producing islet cells into the recipient's pancreas. Dr. Augustine investigates strategies to optimize islet transplantation techniques, improve the long-term viability of transplanted islets, and enhance their functionality. The ultimate objective is to contribute to the development of more effective and sustainable approaches for islet transplantation, with the aim of improving the quality of life for individuals living with diabetes.
Dr. Augustine also explores the field of synchronized cellular response, recognizing its crucial role in tissue development, regeneration, and repair. The focus is on understanding and manipulating the synchronized cellular response in complex tissue systems. By studying the intricate signaling pathways and cellular interactions, Dr. Augustine aims to identify key factors and mechanisms that regulate coordinated cellular behavior. This knowledge can inform the development of strategies to enhance tissue regeneration and repair processes, potentially leading to improved outcomes in various biomedical applications.
Through research in graphene-based bioscaffolds, islet transplantation, and synchronized cellular response, Dr. Augustine strives to contribute to the advancement of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and the development of innovative therapies for complex medical challenges.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiology
BioUgur Aygun is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow working as a postdoctoral researcher at Canary Center for Early Cancer Detection, Stanford University. He received his PhD in electrical engineering, specializing in optical biosensors, optical microscopy, computational imaging, and spectroscopy. His research focusing on the development of novel optical imaging techniques for biomedical applications.