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  • Marianne Black

    Marianne Black

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiological Sciences Laboratory

    BioDr. Marianne Black is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiology in the IMMERS (Incubator for Medical Mixed and Extended Reality), BMR (Body Magnetic Resonance) and JOINT (Joint and Osteoarthritis Imaging with Novel Technology) groups. Dr. Black currently works with with Drs. Brian Hargreaves, Bruce Daniel and Garry Gold. Her postdoctoral research is focused on imaging to detect and treat musculoskeletal disease. She is developing immersive mixed reality tools to improve surgical outcomes in orthopaedics.

    Dr. Black’s PhD research under Drs. Marc Levenston, Brian Hargreaves and Garry Gold focused on the application and development of novel methods and analysis techniques for quantitative knee imaging using MRI and CT. Her work included leading a study measuring quantitative MRI parameters of ACL-injured subjects, and her analysis methods that built upon Dr. Hargreaves group’s previous analysis methods showed the ability to differentiate ACL-injured and healthy cartilage as early as 3-months post-surgery. Prior to attending Stanford, she completed her MASc at the University of British Columbia in Biomedical Engineering under Dr. Dave Wilson. Dr. Black's research studied the effect of wedge and slope in medical opening high tibial osteotomy on joint kinematics and tibiofemoral joint contact pressure. She also co-founded Arbutus Medical during this time, which develops orthopaedic medical devices for low-resource hospitals.

  • Erpeng Dai

    Erpeng Dai

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiological Sciences Laboratory

    BioDr. Erpeng Dai mainly focuses on technique development for high-resolution and high-efficiency diffusion MRI (dMRI). Previously, he optimized the navigator acquisition for multi-shot interleaved EPI dMRI and further combined it with simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) for improved scan efficiency. Meanwhile, he also merged SMS and multi-slab techniques to achieve high-resolution isotropic imaging. Currently, Erpeng Dai is mainly working on developing high-fidelity and high-resolution dMRI, cortical dMRI and microstructure studies.

  • Phillip DiGiacomo

    Phillip DiGiacomo

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiological Sciences Laboratory

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy work aims to integrate multimodal ex vivo imaging data, including histology, specimen MRI, and advanced microscopy to characterize iron-mediated neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. The ultimate goal of this work is to better understand the complex pathological picture of Alzheimer's disease and translate these ex vivo findings to in vivo MRI and MR/PET of patients to identify and develop robust imaging-based biomarkers of disease and identify novel therapeutic targets.

  • Koray Ertan

    Koray Ertan

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiological Sciences Laboratory

    BioKoray Ertan received his BSc degree in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bilkent University, Turkey. He completed his PhD in the same department under the supervision of Prof. Ergin Atalar. During his PhD, he worked as a researcher at National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM) of Turkey. His thesis study is the development of novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies such as gradient array systems for increasing diagnostic quality of the MR images, reducing the specific absorption rate and scan time.

    He joined Prof. Brian Rutt's group as a postdoctoral researcher in April 2019. Later, he was also affilated as a MINDED postdoctoral fellow in June 2019. As part of the MINDED program, his current research focuses on a system for modulating the permeability of the blood brain barrier using focused radio frequency heating generated from ultra-high field MRI transmit coils for enhanced treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders with nanomedicines. Additionally, his research interest mostly includes MRI technolgies such as RF pulse design, gradient systems, field monitoring, multi-coil gradient and shim arrays.

  • Alexander Wilson

    Alexander Wilson

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiological Sciences Laboratory

    BioDr Wilson completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2007), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Sciences (UoA, 2008).

    He then changed his focus to engineering and applied mathematics, and completed a Masters of Operations Research (UoA, Faculty of Engineering, 2011). In his Master's thesis, he developed a mixed-integer linear formulation for determining optimal electricity distribution tariffs under a range of power generation conditions.

    Dr Wilson then switched back his focused to the Medical Sciences and completed a PhD in Bioengineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Physiology and the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. His Doctoral thesis (2018) focused on the physiology and biomechanics of cardiac remodeling underpinning heart failure.

    During his first Postdoctoral position (University of South Florida Heart Institute, 2018-2019), Dr Wilson developed nanoparticle therapies for myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury, as well as anti-thrombin nanoparticles to reduce thrombus formation while limiting bleeding risk.

    Dr Wilson is currently a member of the Cardiac MRI Research Group at Stanford University (PI: Professor Daniel Ennis), and works on a range of projects including (i) using tissue clearing techniques to understand the fundamental branching structure of the myocardium (ii) developing new diffusion tensor MRI reconstruction techniques for extracting cardiac microstructure and pathology (iii) using MRI and histology to understand the myocardial structural and functional improvements brought about by ACE inhibitor treatment.

    2022 WORK
    ● Wilson et al "Myocardial Mesostructure and Mesofunction" [2022 AJP-H&C]
    ● Wilson et al "Restored Torsion and Longitudinal Strain in ACE Inhibitor Treated Hypertension" [2022 ISMRM]
    ● Wilson et al "Assessment of Microstructural Remodeling in Myocardial InfarctionUsing Advanced Diffusion Metrics" [2022 SCMR]

    2021 WORK
    ● Wilson et al "Graph-based Analysis Of Cardiomyocyte Network Connectivity" [2021 AHA:SS]
    ● Wilson et al "Collagen Remodeling Of Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats Undergoing Quinapril Treatment Measured By Three Dimensional Shape Analysis" [2021 BCVS]
    ● Wilson et al "Analysis of Location-Dependent Cardiomyocyte Branching" [2021 FIMH]
    ● Wilson et al "Microstructure-Based Simulation of Myocardial Diffusion Using Extended Volume Confocal Microscopy" [2021 ISMRM]
    ● Wilson et al "ACE Inhibitor Treatment Normalizes Apparent Diffusion Coefficient in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats" [2021 SCMR]

    2020 WORK
    ● Wilson et al "Relationship Between Myocyte Branching and Location Within Myocardial Sheetlet" [2020 AHA:SS]
    ● Wilson et al "Comparison of MRI-Derived Left Ventricular End-Diastolic Pressure-Volume Relationship with Ex Vivo Measurements" [2020 VPH]
    ● Wilson et al "Myocardial Laminar Organization Is Retained in Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Treated SHRs" [2020 Exp Mech]
    ● Wilson et al "Formulation and Characterization of Antithrombin Perfluorocarbon Nanoparticles" [2020 Methods]