Group Members

Principal Investigator

Alt text Ciprian Catana, M.D., Ph.D.

Experience: Associate Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Neuroscience, Massachusetts General Hospital

Education: PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2007; MD, Medicine, University of Medicine & Pharmacy Târgu-Mureș, Romania, 2001

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Research Faculty

Alt text David Izquierdo-Garcia, Ph.D. is an Assistant in Biomedical Engineering at MGH and an Instructor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He is from Logroño (La Rioja, Spain).

David got into Medical Imaging in 2005, after finishing his Ph.D. in Computer Vision in University of Bordeaux 1 (France). Since then, he has been a Research Fellow at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (University of Cambridge, UK) and at Mount Sinai Hospital (NY, USA), before joining Ciprian Catana at the Martinos in Boston in 2012.

David’s research interests are focused on improving PET image quantification with combined PET/MRI, in particular on MR-based attenuation correction (MRAC), MR-based partial volume correction (PVC) and motion correction. His research has been mostly applied to cardiovascular imaging (atherosclerosis) but also he has focused on cognitive brain disorders such as OCD, ADHD, dementia, Alzheimers, etc.

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Research Fellows

Alt text Stefano Pedemonte, Ph.D. is a research fellow.

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Alt text Niccolò Fuin, Ph.D. is from Venezia, Italy, and a Research Scholar at the MGH/HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.

Niccolo completed his Ph.D. in Medical Physics applied to Nuclear Medicine at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine (INM) at University College London (UCL) in 2014, and recently joined Ciprian’s Lab.

His Ph.D. focused on the estimation of the image quality for the optimization of SPECT system design. This work can be used, for instance, to optimize the acquisition protocol for a D-SPECT system, but can also provide an overall framework for the estimation of the uncertainty in emission tomography reconstruction.

Niccolo’s research interests, here at MGH/HST Martinos Center, will focus on improving PET image quantification with combined PET/MRI, thanks to the development of a comprehensive protocol for whole-body MR-based PET Attenuation Correction.

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Alt text Ángel Torrado Carvajal, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is from Madrid (Spain).

Ángel received a M.Sc. on Telecommunications Engineering (2010), a M.Sc. on Biomedical Engineering (2011), a M.Sc. on Computer Science (2014) and a Ph.D. in Medical Imaging (2016) from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain). He worked towards his Ph.D. in collaboration with research groups from Boston through the Madrid-MIT M+Visión Consortium, and has been a visiting Research Fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ángel’s research interest are focused on the accurate construction of MR-based patient-specific tissue models and their clinical application in novel imaging modalities; in particular his main research experience is centered on image processing techniques to improve the safety and efficiency of UHF-MRI and modality propagation for accurate construction of MR-based attenuation correction (MRAC) to improve quantification in combined PET/MR scanners. His research has been mostly applied to neuroimaging studies, but he is now extending his methods to whole body imaging.

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Graduate Students

Alt text Dan Chonde, Ph.D. is a medical student from the Harvard Medical School (HST London Society). His research is focused on making awesome BrainPET images.

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Alt text Kevin Chen is a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT HST program. He is from Hsinchu, Taiwan and received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University with a major in electrical engineering. Kevin is currently interested in attenuation correction and validation of radiotracer kinetics quantification after motion and partial volume effects correction.

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Alt text Mike Levine is a Predoctoral Research Fellow in the Harvard Biophysics program. He is from Boston, MA.

Michael received his undergraduate training at Clemson University (Clemson, SC) in Biomedical Engineering. He worked as a Research Technician in the Quantitative Tumor Imaging at Martinos (QTIM) laboratory for a year before enrolling in graduate school and returning to the Martinos Center here in the Integrated MR-PET Imaging Laboratory.

Michael is currently engaged in his dissertation work, developing a novel model of dopamine kinetics for use in the study of transient changes in dopamine binding under behavioral challenge. He is also working on several technical development projects, including MR-based PET motion correction and complementary frame reconstruction.

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Alt text Manuel Antonio Morales is a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT HST program.

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Visiting Students

Alt text Maaike Van Den Boomen is a visiting Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow from the University of Groningen (Netherlands). She received her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering including the certificate for Regenerative Medicine and Technology (2016) from the University of Technology Eindhoven (Netherlands). In addition she also holds a degree as Physics and Chemistry Teacher.

The projects that Maaike is involved in are focused on Cardiac PET/MRI, in which she mainly explores the possibility of MRI to support and complement the PET.

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Research and Technical Staff

Alt text Grae Arabasz

B.S. in Radiological Sciences, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (2009).

Hometown: Dartmouth, MA

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Alt text Shirley Hsu, CNMT, ARRT (N, CT)

B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley, CA

Nuclear Medicine Technologist Program, University of California San Diego (2008)

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

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Alt text Regan Butterfield B.S., CNMT, ARRT(CT)

B.S. in Exercise Physiology, Utah State University (2001)

Nuclear Medicine Technologist Program, University of Utah (2002)

Hometown: Riverton, UT

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Clinical Coordinator

Alt text Stephanie Salcedo

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Lab Alumni

Connor Elkhill, undergraduate student from NEU (fall 2016)

Lisanne Canjels, visiting student (summer 2016)

Khalid Mahmood, summer student (2015, 2016); undergraduate (class of 2020) at Washington University in St. Louis

Jung Mi Park M.D., visiting fellow (2015-2016); nuclear medicine physician at Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital (Bucheon)

Spencer Bowen Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow (-2015); currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Maryam Zekavat, undergraduate student from MIT

Nicholas Martin, undergraduate student from NEU

James Grammatikos, undergraduate student from NEU (2014)

Stephanie Vu, undergraduate summer student (summer 2014)

Wendy Atkinson, clinical coordinator

Melanie Singer, visiting student (fall 2012)

Clare Poynton, research fellow (2011-2012)

Grace Kim, clinical coordinator

Bjorn Stemkens, visiting student


Collaborators

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