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Physical Science Research Professional 2, Rad/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
Current Role at StanfordSenior Research Scientist: a) cold chemical synthesis— Synthesis of the 12C and 19F- HPLC standards and precursors for 11C- and 18F- labeling
b) Radiosynthesis— Introduction of 11C or 18F radioisotopes into small molecules to develop novel PET tracers, that can track activated myeloid cells in neurodegenerative disease, c) radiometal labeling— 64Cu and 89Zr labeling of monoclonal antibodies that target immune receptors, d) clinical translation— To follow FDA guidelines for translating preclinically validated tracers into humans in the cyclotron and radiochemistry facility (CRF) of the Stanford University
Aya Kamaya, MD
Professor of Radiology (Body Imaging)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsHepatobiliary imaging
Novel ultrasound technologies
Perfusion CT imaging of abdominal tumors
Affiliate, Rad/Radiological Sciences Laboratory
BioDr Kang received his PhD in Physics and MS in Computer Science from Indiana University Bloomington in September of 1998. Then he joined Diagnostic Imaging Science Center at University of Washington in Seattle for postdoctoral research.
In September of 2000, he worked as an MR Physicist in the Human Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory in Department of Neurology at University of Californian at Davis. His tasks were to maintain and modify the sequences for MR research on a 3 T Siemens Verio scanner and a 1.5 T Philips Eclipse scanner, and develop new procedures for MR data analysis, statistics and visualization. He has published 20+ papers to introduce the innovative methods for MR data analysis, which including the local landmark method, high-resolution space method, and cortical surface projection mapping method, and automated method to detect brain abnormalities. All of the methods have been applied successfully to the MR researches in the lab.
In September of 2017, he joined as an MR Physicist in Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) at VA Palo Alto and the Adamson Brain Stimulation Lab in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University.His main tasks are to participate in the research projects funded by Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, and administration of windows and linux servers for neuroimaging studies.
•PhD in Physics, Indiana University Bloomington (1998).
•MS in Computer Science, Indiana University Bloomington (1998).
•MS in Electronic Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, P. R. China (1987).
•BS in Electronic Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, P. R. China (1984).
Eric J. Keller
Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other
Resident in Radiology
BioEric J. Keller is an interventional/diagnostic radiology resident (2019-2024) with a background in bioethics, medical anthropology, 4D flow MRI, and legal guardianship. He founded the Applied Ethics in Interventional Radiology (IR) working group, a multi-institutional group of faculty and trainees developing practical approaches to challenging situations in IR. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Interventional Initiative, a nonprofit devoted to patient and clinician awareness, access, and advocacy regarding minimally invasive image-guided procedures.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Radiology
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsCurrently studying the role of interventional therapies in caval filtration, venous thromboembolism and primary and metastatic hepatic malignancies.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiology
BioDr. Donghoon Kim is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford's Center for Advanced Functional Neuroimaging. Before joining Stanford, he earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Davis, supervised by Dr. Youngkyoo Jung. His Ph.D. thesis was titled "Deep Learning-Driven Technical Developments and Clinical Applications of Arterial Spin Labeling MRI". During his Ph.D. studies, he focused on the development of advanced deep learning techniques for ASL MRI, and its clinical applications. During his master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University, he studied the functional connectivity of the default mode network using resting state BOLD fMRI among youth football players, supervised by Dr. Christopher Whitlow and Dr. Youngkyoo Jung.
Executive Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging, Rad/Thoracic Imaging
BioI’m an accomplished healthtech leader with deep experience in launching & leading research teams. I’m directly responsible for building programs and partnerships, leading teams through all phases of research. I’m especially adept at cultivating interdisciplinary and academic/industry collaborations and navigating complexities inherent to the healthcare space.
My work has supported development of novel technologies and applications, helped to generate substantial research funding, and contributed to numerous high-impact publications. My career has spanned diverse contexts, including academic medical centers, university research labs, and health clinics. My passion for people, operations, and the belief that technology can improve health has been the driving force of my career for the last 20 years.
Of all the things I value most in my career, working for a meaningful cause is at the top of the list. I enjoy working with brilliant clinicians, scientists and engineers who have bold, audacious ideas to improve human health. I thrive in “start-up” cultures where collaboration and excitement are the norm, bringing cross-disciplinary and cross-functional teams together to incubate new solutions. I love the satisfaction that comes from working with a close-knit team to develop and deploy innovations in clinical practice.
Jeffrey Howard Kleck
Adjunct Professor, Rad/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
BioJeff Kleck, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and a prominent figure in the Silicon Valley tech venture community. As an established technology and software entrepreneur, he has successfully guided several ventures from concept to becoming market leaders, even taking them public on the NASDAQ. Jeff's leadership roles have included Founder, CEO, and Chairman, shaping these ventures into influential commercial entities.
Currently serving as a Senior Partner at Elevens, Jeff is instrumental in leveraging the expertise of some of the foremost AI minds globally to accelerate breakthrough ventures across multiple sectors. His commitment to advancing technology extends to his role as a Special Government Expert (SGE) for the United States Government, where he acts as a Senior Advisor, identifying and delivering advanced technology for national security. Jeff's previous role as a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) involved directing transformative and strategic capabilities, promoting the adoption of innovative commercial technologies to enhance national security.
Jeff's involvement in academia is extensive, having served as a visiting scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). His formal education spans various engineering, medical applied science, and technology disciplines, earning a Ph.D. in Biomedical Physics from UCLA, an MS in Engineering Management from Stanford University, an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the same institution.
In addition to his contributions at Stanford and Elevens, Jeff has taken on significant roles for the Vatican. Currently, as the Dean of Academics at Catholic Institute of Technology (CIT), he orchestrates cross-disciplinary initiatives, harmonizing theoretical foundations with real-world applications and fostering a culture of innovation. Simultaneously, Jeff serves as the Chairman of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization at CIT, leading the charge in blending academic excellence with practical innovation and overseeing programs that fuse entrepreneurial principles with cutting-edge technology for holistic education.
Jeff is also actively engaged in various ventures, including his role as Chairman of Open Power & Energy Network (OPEN), where he is dedicated to shepherding OPEN toward achieving a sustainable future by seamlessly integrating cutting-edge technologies and best practices, renewing the global climate through accessible power and energy solutions. Additionally, Jeff supports Playground Global, a premier hard tech venture capital firm, as a Friend of Playground.
With a wealth of experience and a commitment to driving innovation, Jeff Kleck continues to shape the landscape of technology, academia, and entrepreneurship.
Catholic Institute of Technology - https://catholic.tech
Elevens - https://www.elevens.ai
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-kleck-a000299/
OPEN - https://openpowerenergy.net
Playground - http://playground.vc
Assistant Professor (Research) of Radiology (Musculoskeletal Imaging)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research is focused on the development and clinical translation of novel imaging techniques geared toward early detection of musculoskeletal disease. Current projects include whole-joint molecular imaging of early disease with PET-MRI, imaging of early cartilage changes in Osteoarthritis (OA) with GagCEST, rapid knee imaging and simultaneous bilateral knee MRI.
Nishita Kothary, MD
Professor of Radiology (Interventional Radiology)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsInterventional Oncology: Percutaneous and transarterial interventions for diagnosis and treatment of primary and metastatic tumors (lung, liver and renal)
Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Oncology