Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Deputy Editor for Science Outreach
Prior to joining the faculty of École Polytechnique and the Montreal Heart Institute, Nikola completed his postdoctoral training at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University. A son of a sports journalist, Nikola has made journalism his hobby by periodically contributing pieces on science and film to newspapers and blogs in his home country, Macedonia. His career and his hobby are finally united in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Highlights.
Atef is a medical graduate from Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania with a deep interest in neurodegenerative disease and neurocognitive disorders. The desire to help develop treatments through gaining a better understanding of these afflictions motivated her to pursue a career in neuroscience research, and drives her passion day-to-day. She is currently working toward her MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Montréal. In her free time, Atef enjoys writing, eating chocolate, and watching Big Bang Theory with her fiance.
ISMRM IT & Web Coordinator
John is an ISMRM employee and runs the society’s website and social media accounts. As a sometime graphic designer, he helped develop the MRM Highlights graphics you see on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Although not a scientist himself, he did pretty well in high school physics.
Akshay is a PhD candidate at Stanford Unviersity. He is interested in pulse sequence design and image reconstruction for performing quantitative musculoskeletal imaging in patients with osteoarthritis. Akshay is an avid cyclist who enjoys racing bikes as well as playing lots of ultimate frisbee!
Brian T. Chung
Brian is a PhD student at UC San Francisco researching Hyperpolarized Carbon-13 metabolic brain imaging. He obtained his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and enjoys international travel, card games, and patent law for startups.
Benjamin De Leener
After obtaining a joint Master’s degree from Polytechnique Montreal and Université Libre de Bruxelles, Benjamin started a PhD in NeuroPoly lab with Julien Cohen-Adad. He is leading the development of the Spinal Cord Toolbox, the first comprehensive software for processing MRI data of the spinal cord. Benjamin is particularly interested in understanding secondary mechanisms of spinal cord injuries and how we would be able to repair the spinal cord following an injury. Benjamin is also interested in combination of (neuro)science and art and is tweeting about projects in these topics.
Sumeeth Vijay Jonathan
Sumeeth is an MD/PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. His research is focused on pulse sequence design and image reconstruction techniques for MR-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) and its applications in functional neurosurgery. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, exploring the ever-expanding foodie scene of Nashville, and hanging out with his dog Johnny.
Mario is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. His research is focused on trajectory design and reconstruction techniques for cardiac imaging. He also enjoys traveling and salsa dancing.
Xin is currently a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Her research is focused on novel constrained reconstruction methods for cardiac imaging. In her free time, Xin enjoys traveling and singing in the choir.
Pinar joined Advanced MRI group at the National Institutes of Health in Jan ’17, right after obtaining her PhD at ETH Zurich. She has worked on novel contrast mechanisms for brain imaging, particularly quantitative susceptibility mapping for structural and functional MRI at high field systems. Currently she is trying to understand resting state fMRI signal changes in white matter during long scan times. She enjoys baking, working out and pilates, discovering new coffee spots in DC, and moreover, in her free time, she is practicing conversion between °C and °F.
Ryan spent his undergrad (geophysics, UAlberta) imaging slate; was reborn, a blank slate, as biomedical engineer, for his MSc (UAlberta); and is slated to complete his PhD (Polytechnique Montréal) sometime in the next couple years.
After completing a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering in Italy, Tung changed his career path to a Master’s project in Biomedical Engineering at NeuroImaging Research Laboratory (NeuroPoly) of École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal, Canada under the mentorship of Dr. Stikov and Dr. Cohen-Adad. He is working on implementing novel quantitative magnetization transfer imaging techniques, focusing on measuring the myelin g-ratio in demyelinating mouse models. Tung is also interested in traveling, music, and cultural exchanges.
Bo is a postdoc at the Massachusetts General Hospital Martinos Center and Harvard University pursuing development of novel acquisition techniques and contrast mechanisms, much of which is suited for Low Field MR. He obtained his PhD in HST/Biomedical Engineering and Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering at MIT. He enjoys reading, traveling, and skiing.