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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.