UC San Diego - Cardiovascular Imaging Lab

Former Undergraduate Students

Katherine Lowe

Undergraduate Student in Bioengineering

Present Position:

Fluidics Engineer, Illumina

Pranav Sujitkumar

Undergraduate Student in Bioinformatics

Present Position:

Scientist 2, Becton Dickinson

Akhilesh Yeluru

Undergraduate Student in Biotechnology

Present Position:

Masters, Translational Medicine – UCSF & UC Berkeley

Teo Dinescu

Undergraduate Student in Bioengineering

Present Position:

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

Former Graduate Students

Suhas Budhiraja

Graduate Student in Bioengineering

Suhas was a graduate student in the Bioengineering department at University of California, San Diego. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from PEC University of Technology, India in 2015 and graduated from University Of California, San Diego in 2017. His Master’s thesis titled “Effect of small linear motion on the accuracy of estimating coronary vessel stenosis in Cardiac Computed Tomography”. It quantifies the motion of coronaries at different time points and regions of vessels from angiographic images and explores the impact on computed tomography angiograms.

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Michael Guttman, MS

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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