UC San Diego - Cardiovascular Imaging Lab

Former Undergraduate Students

Teo Dinescu

Undergraduate Student in Bioengineering

Present Position:

PhD, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering – Columbia University in the City of New York

Former Graduate Students

Michael Guttman, MS

Undergraduate Student in Biotechnology

Thesis Title: Algorithms for tracking MRI tagging patterns

Present Position: Director, Software Development, MR Interventions Inc.

Scott B. Reeder, MS, MD, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

MS Thesis Title: Development of High Speed, High Resolution MRI  and Tagging Techniques

PhD Thesis Title: Assessment of Myocardial Viability with Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Present Position:  Associate Professor of Radiology, Section Chief of MRI and Cardiovascular Imaging, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Walter G. O’Dell, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Title: Myocardium Deformation Analysis in the Passive Dog Heart Using High Resolution MRI Tagging

Present Position: Assistant Professor Radiation Oncology, University of Florida

Christopher C. Moore, MD/PhD,

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Topic: Effect of local ischemia on strain patterns in the left ventricle using MRI

Present Position: Radiologist, Radiology and Imaging Group, Massachusetts

Emiko-Rose Koike Paul, MA

Medical Biological Illustration

Thesis Topic: A Three Dimensional visualization of the heart based on MRI data

Present Position: co-founder http://www.echomedicalmedia.com/

Tessa Sundaram Cook, MS

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Topic: Image Analysis of Global Heart Geometry and Motion 

Present Position: MD/PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Bradley Wyman, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Topic: Mechanical Evaluation of the Paced Heart Using Tagged Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Present Position: Director, Imaging Molecular Medicine, Pfizer Global R&D


Anthony Faranesh, MS, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

MS Thesis Topic: Methods for Real-time MRI

PhD Thesis Topic: Gadolinium-doped Biodegradable Polymer Microspheres for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guided Drug Delivery

Present Position: Staff Scientist, National Institutes of Health


Cecilia Curry, MS

Biomedical Engineering

Co-advised with David Kass

Thesis Topic: Pacing the failing heart, evaluation with MRI

Present Position: PhD graduate, Georgia Institute of Technology,

Health Scientist, CDC Ofice of Strategy and Innovation (OSI)

Daniel Herzka, MS, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

MS Thesis Topic: Multi-slice imaging for SNR increase in rapid cardiac MRI

PhD Thesis Topic: Fast Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Improvements in Efficiency and Resolution for the Measurement of Cardiac Function

Present Position: Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University


Bradley D. Bolster, MSE, (PhD, Ergin Atalar advisor)

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Topic:  MRI of Vascular Compliance 

Present Position: Senior Scientist, Siemens Medical Solutions

Owen Faris, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Topic: Electrical/Mechanical coupling in the whole heart

Present Position: Deputy Director, Division of Cardiovascular Devices , Office of Device Evaluation, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA

Guy Shechter,  PhD, MBA

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Topic: Respiratory Motion of the Heart: Implications for Magnetic Resonance Coronary Angiography

Present Position: Senior Scientist, Philips Medical Systems

Jonathan Sorger, PhD, MBA

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Topic: Ultrasound modulated uptake of VEGF in the myocardium

Present Position: Scientist, Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Andrew Larson, PhD  Biomedical Engineering NWU

co-advised with Orlando Simonetti

Thesis Topic: Self Gated MRI Acquisition 

Present Position: Associate Professor, Dept of Radiology, Northwestern University

Dan Ennis, PhD


Thesis Topic: Assessment of myocardial structure and function using magnetic resonance imaging

Present Position: Associate Professor of Radiological Sciences, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Physics, UCLA

Patrick Helm, PhD

co-advised with primary advisor: R.Winslow


Thesis Topic: Relationship of Fiber Architecture to Electrical Behavior of the Heart

Present Position: Scientist, Medtronic Inc.

Steven Mickelsen, MD

Howard Hughes Fellow

Research Topic: Ectopic pacing of the heart

Present Position: Resident, Mayo Clinic; Cardiology Fellow, U of Iowa

Luis Gutierrez, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis: X-ray Fused with MRI (XFM) for Guidance of Catheter-Based Interventions

Present Position: Scientist, Philips Medical Systems

Reza Nezafat, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

Thesis: Efficient Acquisition and Reconstruction Methods for MR Flow and Angiography

Present Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Awards: Reza won the 2007 ISMRM Young Investigator Award

Hiroshi Ashikaga, MD, PhD

Univ. of Tokyo

Thesis: Ventricular Electromechanics in Chronic Myocardial Infarction with Substrate for Sudden Cardiac Death

Present Position: Fellow, Department of Cardiology, Johns Hopkins

Niccolo Fiorentino

Biomedical Engineering

Project: Analysis of high resolution myocardial motion data

Present Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Utah

Tri Ngo, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

Project:  Real-time imaging of the fetus in utero

Present Position: Firmware Engineer – Tesla Motors

Sangjune Laurence Lee, MD

Thesis: Free Breathing Independent Navigator Gated Imaging: Concurrent PSIR and T2-Weighted 3D Imaging of the Left Ventricle

Present Position: Resident Physician in Radiation Oncology at University of Toronto

Di Xu, PhD

MS Thesis:   Image Guidance for Bronchoscopy: from Procedure Planning to Computed Tomography Augmented Fluoroscopy Real Time Guidance

Project: Image Registration techniques for CT-augmented X-ray fluoroscopy for improved bronchoscopy biopsy of peripheral lung nodules

Present Position: Software Engineer at Google

Liheng Guo, PhD

MS Thesis Topic: Cardiac and Respiratory Self-Navigation Cine Imaging with Dual-Echo SSFP

Project: A new self-navigation technique for High Resolution Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Present Position: Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science

Amir Pourmorteza, PhD

Project: Automated determination of cardiac function from high-resolution cardiac MDCT

Present Position: Scientist – National Institutes of Health

Ozan Sayin, PhD 

Project: Image reconstruction techniques for Dynamic MR imaging

Present Position: Data Scientist – ZestFinance

Farhad Pashakhanloo, PhD

Project: Diffusion Tensor MRI: Calculating myocardial fiber angles in vitro and in vivo

Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Daniel Postfai

Biomedical Engineering

Project: MRI of the moving joint: knees and shoulders

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Haiyan Ding, PhD

Visiting Scientist, Biomedical Engineering

Research Project:  High-Resolution T2-mapping for the detection of Edema

Present Position: Instructor, Tsinghua University

Cengizhan Ozturk, MD/PhD (Drexel University)

Research Project: Modelling motion of the left and right ventricle.

Present Position: Professor, Bogazici University, Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Ergin Atalar, PhD (Bilkent University, Turkey)

Research Project:  Optimization of tagging patterns for strain measurements; ultra-fast cardiac imaging, MRI coronary angiography

Present Position: Director of National Magnetic Resonance Research Center

Professor of Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University

Camille Izard, PhD

Research Project: Characterization of Infarct Shapes – the Key to Arrhythmogenesis

Present Position: Fellow, FDA

Smita Sampath, PhD  (Johns Hopkins)

Research Project: High Resolution focal Imaging for Guiding Vascular Intervention

Present Position: Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

Maria Ledesma Carbayo, PhD (visiting Fullbright fellow)

Research Project: Automatic motion tracking with non-rigid deformation

Present Position: Professor, ETSI Telecomunicación (UPM), Ciudad Universitaria

Hiroshi Ashikaga, MD, PhD

University of Tokyo, University of San Diego

Research Project: Electromechanical mapping in the ischemic heart.

Present Position: Fellow, Department of Cardiology, Johns Hopkins


Bruce Hopenfeld, PhD (University of Utah)

Research Project: Modeling Electrical Activation of the Heart

Present Position: Scientist, Angel Medical, Tinton Falls, NJ

Richard Thompson, PhD, (University of Alberta)

Research Project: Ultra-fast phase contrast imaging of ventricular blood flow

Present Position: Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Dana Peters, PhD, (University of Wisconsin)

Research Project: High resolution PR imaging of cardiovascular function

Present Position: Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale School of Medicine

Albert Lardo, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)

Research Project: MRI guided cardiac electrophysiology

Present Position: Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Izlem Oznur, MD (Hacettepe University, Turkey)

Research Project: MRI of myocardial ischemia

Present Position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Radiology, Johns Hopkins

Jerome Declerck, PhD

INRIA, Nice, France

Research Project: Modelling deformation of the LV with spatial/temporal B-Splines

Present Position, Chief Scientist, Mirada Solutions Ltd, UK

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