MRI Research Institute Directory

Douglas Ballon Laboratory

Douglas Ballon
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Douglas Ballon, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Physics

Douglas Ballon received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1985 in experimental nuclear physics.  He did postdoctoral work in medical physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1985-1988, and subsequently joined the faculty there, developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for applications in oncology.  In 2001, he became Founding Director of the Citigroup Biomedical Imaging Center (CBIC) at Weill Cornell Medical College, a comprehensive MRI, positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), CT, ultrasound, optical imaging, and cyclotron facility that supports nearly 100 investigators from 15 academic institutions. Over the last 20 years he has held a leadership role in the development and management of imaging technologies.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the development of imaging biomarkers for the detection, characterization, and therapeutic monitoring of disease.

Jonathan Dyke Laboratory

Jonathan Dyke
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Jonathan Dyke, Ph.D., DABMP
  • Associate Professor of Physics Research

Jonathan Dyke graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1997 with a Ph.D. in Engineering. He served as a postdoctoral fellow (medical physics) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1998 to 2001. He was an assistant professor of physics (radiology) at Weill Cornell Medicine from 2001 until 2018, when he became an associate professor of physics (radiology).  

 

Edward K. Fung Laboratory

Ed Fung
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Edward K. Fung, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Medical Physics

Edward K. Fung, Ph.D., is a Weill Cornell Medicine assistant professor of medical physics in radiology. 

Ilhami Kovanlikaya Laboratory

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Ilhami Kovanlikaya, M.D.
  • Associate Professor of Research

Dr. Kovanlikaya graduated from Hacettepe University, Medical School, Ankara, Turkey (1978), and completed his radiology residency (1982) at the same institution. During his tenure as an attending radiologist in the Department of Radiology at Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, he was appointed Dean of the Medical School in 1999.  He also served as professor and chair of the department of radiology, at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, between 2004 to 2007. He joined the department of adiology at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2007.  

Thanh D. Nguyen Laboratory

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Thanh D. Nguyen, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Physics Research

Thanh D. Nguyen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of physics in radiology with the Weill Cornell Medicine Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Institute.

Pascal Spincemaille Laboratory

Pascal Spincemaille
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Pascal Spincemaille, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Physics Research

Dr. Pascal Spincemaille is an associate professor of physics research in radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. He received his master’s degree, and his postdoctoral degree, in physics from the Katholieke Universteit Leuven, Belgium. He has worked on the development of free-breathing cardiac imaging, including coronary artery and delayed enhancement imaging; the first reported vastly accelerated (below 1s temporal frame rate) 3D spiral dynamic contrast enhanced imaging; and various fundamental contributions to quantitative susceptibility mapping in the brain, liver and heart. 

Jiahao Li
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Jiahou Li
  • Ph.D. Candidate

Jiahao Li is a Ph.D. student in the biomedical engineering (BME) program at Cornell University. He grew up in China and completed his B.S. in engineering physics and economics at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is interested in signal and image processing and reconstruction. His main project is on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging; specifically, he is developing a novel magnetic resonance (MR) data acquisition and reconstruction scheme for cardiac quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM).  

Yi Wang Laboratory

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Yi Wang, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Physics
  • Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Institute
  • Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca

Yi Wang, Ph.D., holds the Faculty Distinguished Professorship in the Department of Radiology, and is a tenured Professor of Physics in Radiology, Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. He studied theoretical physics and switched to applying physics to medicine. Professor Wang has invented multiple MRI technologies of great importance to the clinical and scientific communities. 

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Kelly Gillen, Ph.D., MBA.
  • Instructor

Kelly Gillen received her Bachelor of Science in biological engineering from Cornell University in 2004. She received her Master of Science in biomedical engineering from Tufts University in 2006, and her doctorate from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2014. While a graduate student at Cornell, Kelly conducted her Ph.D. thesis research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she received a fellowship from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program to investigate the role of Focal Adhesion Kinase in breast cancer initiation, progression, and metastasis. She has conducted research projects at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Boston Scientific. Kelly received her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University in May 2021. Her research interests include using imaging and histological techniques to understand the contribution of iron overload to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Alexey V. Dimov, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate

Alexey Dimov received his undergraduate degree in physics from the N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), Radiophysics Department, and his doctorate from the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. After a post-doc at the University of Chicago, he is back at Cornell where his research is focused on quantitative separation of magnetic susceptibility sources, and abdominal quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) with a focus on the liver and kidneys. Outside of the lab, he is an amateur very high frequency/ultra high frequency (VHF/UHF)  radio operator (emergency services radio traffic monitoring, ADS-B flight tracking, weather satellite APT).  

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Chao Li
  • Visiting Graduate Student

Chao Li is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Applied and Engineering Physics, and a visiting graduate student at Weill Cornell Medicine. She received her bachelor of science degree from Australian National University, where she majored in math and physics.  Her doctoral project is focusing on image reconstruction and motion artifact correction in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using deep learning and classical methods. In her spare time, she enjoys playing mobile games and watching movies. 

Jiahao Li
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Jiahou Li
  • Ph.D. Candidate

Jiahao Li is a Ph.D. student in the biomedical engineering (BME) program at Cornell University. He grew up in China and completed his B.S. in engineering physics and economics at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is interested in signal and image processing and reconstruction. His main project is on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging; specifically, he is developing a novel magnetic resonance (MR) data acquisition and reconstruction scheme for cardiac quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM).  

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Alexandra Roberts, M.Eng.
  • Student of Affiliated Organization

Alexandra Roberts is an electrical engineering doctoral student from Bradenton, Florida. Her current work includes shadow reduction in quantitative susceptibility mapping and super-resolution of susceptibility-weighted imaging. Prior to joining the Wang Lab, Alexandra worked as a machine vision engineer at Benz Research & Development. She completed a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Florida, where her research involved 3D x-ray reconstruction of printed circuit boards with the Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Lab. Alexandra earned a B.S. at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where her research focused on systems genomics applications. Outside of the lab, Alexandra enjoys playing guitar, running and rock climbing. 

Dominick Romano
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Dominick Romano
  • Visiting Graduate Student

Dominick grew up just a 45-minute train ride away from New York City on the South Shore of Long Island. He studied bioengineering (even taking some extra physics classes for fun) and conducted research on endothelial cell migration as an undergraduate at Hofstra University. At Cornell, he is a doctoral student studying biomedical engineering in the Wang Lab. His project focuses on further developing techniques for Quantitative Transport Mapping (QTM) and applying QTM to clinical images. In his free time, Dom enjoys bowling, collecting and listening to records, and reading physics texts. 

Carly Skudkin
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Carly Skudin
  • Research Coordinator Program Manager

Carly Skudin is a research coordinator working with Dr. Butler on two studies of traumatic brain injury (TBI): one which enrolls subjects with acute TBI from the emergency room (ER) and another which enrolls victims of interpersonal violence with and without chronic TBI. Carly also coordinators research projects from the Magnetic Resonance imaging Research Institute. She graduated from Colgate University. 

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Hang Zhang
  • Visiting Graduate Student

Hang Zhang is a doctoral candidate, in the Cornell University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, under the supervision of Professor Yi Wang. His Ph.D. committee includes Professor Mert R. Sabuncu and Professor Peter Doerschuk, and he is also working closely with Associate Professor Thanh D. Nguyen and Associate Professor Pascal Spincemaille . He earned his Master of Philosophy (M.PHIL) degree from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, under the supervision of professor Evangeline F. Y. Young. Before that, he received his bachelor of engineering degree from Sichuan University (SCU) in 2015, where he worked with professor Xiaohai He. His ongoing research in medical image computing has been recognized with a nomination for Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2021). His past research in computer-aided design (CAD) was recognized with a Best Paper Award (Cornell ECE News) from the 26th IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM'2018), and a Best Paper Award (CUHK CSE News) from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Symposium on Physical Design, 2017 (ISPD'2017). His current research focuses on machine/deep learning algorithms, theories and their applications in medical image segmentation, magnetic resonance (MR) image reconstruction, intelligent computer-aided clinical tools. 

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Jinwei Zhang
  • Visiting Graduate Assistant

Jinwei received his bachelor of science degree from Sun Yat-sen University in China with a double major in physics and mathematics. His research projects in Dr. Yi Wang’s lab:  applications of machine learning to high dimensional data sampling, and image reconstruction for quantitative magnetic resonance imaging. Jinwei likes hiking and playing board games in his spare time.

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Qihao Zhang
  • Visiting Graduate Student

Qihao Zhang received his bachelor's degree from the biomedical engineering department at Tsinghua University, China. He is currently a doctoral student in biomedical engineering at Cornell University. His research interests include perfusion and permeability quantification form-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) images and arterial spin labeling (ASL) sequence design. 

Hangwei Zhuang
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Hangwei Zhuang
  • Visiting Graduate Student

Hangwei Zhuang is from Jiangsu, China. She studied math and biomedical engineering as an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary and Columbia University. Her research project focuses on quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). 

Simone Winkler Laboratory

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Simone Angela Winkler, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor

Professor Simone Angela Winkler graduated from the J. Kepler University of Linz, Austria, having majored in mechatronics with distinction and in less than minimum time. She pursued her graduate studies in electrical engineering at the École Polytechnique Montréal, Canada, where she specialized in radiofrequency (RF)/microwave engineering, funded by two fellowships (DOC fellowship/Austrian Academy of Science;  first rank in the competition for a PhD fellowship from the FQRNT Québec). For her research during her MS.c. and Ph.D. degrees, she received many scientific awards and scholarships. During her postdoctoral work at McGill University, she developed a microwave near-field imaging system for breast cancer detection. She committed to a postdoctoral fellow position at Stanford University in ultra-high-field magnetic resonance imaging engineering (funded by a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) research fellowship from 2012-2014). 

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Mina Chookhachizadeh Moghadam, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate

Mina Chookhachizadeh Moghadam received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Irvine, in 2020. Her main area of research is developing machine learning (ML) and deep learning algorithms with applications in healthcare, medical devices, and predictive medicine. During her graduate studies, she extensively worked in multidisciplinary projects to develop innovative ML platforms for patients' physiological monitoring and early prediction of hypotensive events in intensive care units (ICU)s. She has also worked as an intern at Edward Lifesciences Co. and fostered collaboration with anesthesiologists and researchers at Cleveland Clinics, to increase the impact of her research on real-world field applications.

Elizaveta Motovilova
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Elizaveta Motovilova, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate

Elizaveta Motovilova received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. with a major in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 2012 and 2014, respectively. She received her Ph.D. from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in 2019. During her studies at SUTD, she was awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) MTT-S Microwave Engineering for Medical Applications Fellowship for research on the sensitivity improvement of radiofrequency (RF) coils for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). From 2019 to 2020, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at SUTD, where she continued her work on MRI radiofrequency (RF) coils with a focus on frequency tuning mechanisms. Her main research interests include design and development of MRI RF coils, metamaterials and resonators for RF coil sensitivity improvement, ultra-high field MRI engineering and safety. 

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Fraser Robb, Ph.D.
  • Chief Technology Leader, General Electric Healthcare Advisor

Dr. Robb has been in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) hardware since graduate school at the University of Aberdeen in 1990 under Professors David Lurie and James Hutchison. His Ph.D. thesis, “Field-Cycled Proton Electron Double Resonance Imaging of Dissolved Oxygen,” gave him wonderful hardware training and an appreciation for physiology and metabolism. He learned to build MR systems from basic components. He was a research assistant professor of radiology at Dartmouth College from 1997-1999, working for Professor Harold Swartz on 1.1GHz ESR spectroscopic hardware. Fraser's career has been heavily focused on commercial MRI coil design since starting with USA Instruments/General Electric (GE) Healthcare in 2000 (resulting in more than 40 patents approved or in process on MRI coils). Much of that time was spent building phased arrays for body, musculoskeletal and neurology imaging (1.5 tesla (T), 3.0T, 8Ch, 32Ch, 64Ch etc.) working within GE Healthcare’s Center of Excellence for Coil Development. He is pioneering advanced prototyping and simulation methods for MRI coils, and developed a strategy leading to the Air Technology MRI Coil revolution. He was recognized internally as one of GE’s most prolific recent inventors, driving the strategy leading to development of Air Coil Technology. He has an Honorary Professorship from the University of Sheffield, and is greatly honored to contribute to the amazing work of the Winkler Lab. 

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Isabelle Saniour, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Isabelle Saniour was born in Mina, Lebanon in 1991. She received a master’s degree in sensors, measurement and instrumentation from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in partnership with École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI, Paris), France, in 2013. She received her Ph.D. in physics from Lyon 1 University in 2017. From 2018 to 2019, she was involved in research on superconducting radiofrequency coils at University of Paris-Sud in Orsay, France. Her main research interests include the development of radiofrequency coils and hardware and the assessment of specific absorption rate for magnetic resonance engineering applications. 

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Sadeeb Hossain

Shadeeb Hossain has an educational background in electrical, electronics, and computer (EEC) engineering and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio (graduation year:2022). He graduated with a master of science in electrical engineering from Central Michigan University in 2018. He is a registered Engineer-In-Training (Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors), and a Certified Cloud Practitioner (Amazon CCP). His area of expertise includes: (i) Electromagnetism, (ii) Optical Property analysis (iii) Material property analysis (iv) Finite Element Analysis.

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Frida Galaviz Huerta
  • Former Summer Student

Frida Galaviz Huerta was born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 2000 and is pursuing an undergraduate degree at New York University. Frida studies psychology with a triple minor in linguistics, chemistry, and child/adolescent mental studies (CAMS) and is interested in neuroscience research related to infants and adolescents. She graduated in May 2022 and hopes to pursue a graduate degree. 

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Vishwas Mishra, B.Tech
  • Former Rotation Graduate Student

Vishwas received his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in 2020. He is a graduate student in the physiology, biophysics and systems biology (PBSB) program at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and his main research interests lie in computational neuroscience and systems biology. In the Simone Winkler lab he was working on magnetic-resonance guided focused ultrasound coils and their implications in targeted tissue thermal ablation for treating neuropathic pain. 

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Arthur Nghiem

Arthur Nghiem was born in  Houston in 2003. After graduating from high school a year early, he is an undergraduate studying biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is the principal inventor of the wireless communication device grip guide, for which he was granted a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  patent in 2017. He previously conducted a literature review on the use of high-temperature superconductors for accessible magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications under the supervision of Dr. John Thomas Vaughan of Columbia University. He was nominated for the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 4 Outstanding Student Award for his contributions to technical workshops regarding MRI safety and wireless medical devices. His work in the Simone Winkler Lab focused on the generation and curation of datasets for deep learning of tissue heating prediction in ultra high-field MRI. 

Zungho Wesley Zun Laboratory

Wesley Zun
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Zungho Wesley Zun, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Zun is an assistant professor of electrical engineering in radiology. He received his B.S. from Korea University in 1998, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2004 and 2010 respectively, all three degrees in electrical engineering. Dr. Zun’s research focuses on development of non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods that offer early and reliable biomarkers of impaired perfusion and oxygenation in the context of fetal and neonatal imaging. Ultimate goal: translating these methods to clinical practice.   

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MinJung Jang, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate

MinJung Jang is a postdoctoral associate in radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea in 2021. Her research interests include development of rapid fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques using steady-state free precession, and perfusion imaging of the brain and placenta using arterial spin labeling (ASL) and intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) techniques.

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Shin Eui Park, Ph.D.
  • Research Associate

Shin Eui Park is a research associate in radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Interdisciplinary Program of Biomedical Engineering, Chonnam National University, Republic of Korea in 2015. He has demonstrated abnormalities in magnetic resonance (MR)-based functional connectivity, spectroscopy and volume of the brain in patients complicated by mental and behavioral disorder. His current research interests lie in quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) techniques for the placenta and neonatal brain.