September 2019: Haley's paper in collaboration with Tawfik lab published

Over our shared passion to better understand and treat chronic pain, we teamed up with the Tawfik lab for this fruitful collaboration. The paper highlights how whole body PET can be used to understand the dynamic processes of inflammation in chronic pain. Read it here.

September 2019: GE Headquarters visit    

Michelle and Mackenzie visited GE Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI for the semiannual Stanford research users meeting. Mackenzie gave three talks: on tau PET/MR, on Hobbit View on the 7T MR, and on motion correction for the PET/MR. Michelle gave a talk about TSPO-PET. They both had a great time touring the facilities and meeting the folks at GE!

September 2019: Dr. Chaney received the Young Investigator Award at WMIC

Aisling was awarded the Young Investigator Award at WMIC in Montreal for her talk titled "Tracking the invaders in MS: a new highly specific PET imaging approach for visualizing peripheral innate immune activation with higher sensitivity than TSPO-PET." She also earned a travel award and a WIMIN scholar award. Congratulations Aisling!

July 2019: Poorva awarded MOMIL grant for WMIC 2019

Our lab manager and research assistant Poorva Jain was awarded a registration grant for managers of molecular imaging labs (MOMIL) to attend WMIC in early September 2019 in Montreal. We're excited to attend with her! Congrats, Poorva!

June 2019: Marc awarded first place in young investigator symposium

Dr. Marc Stevens was awarded First Place in the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Young Investigator Symposium at SNMMI 2019 for his talk entitled: "Radiolabeling and pre-clinical evaluation of a first-in-class CD19 PET Tracer for imaging B cells in multiple sclerosis". Congrats, Marc!

June 2019: Dr. James recognized for outstanding teaching

Dr. Michelle James was awarded the “Basic Science Teacher of the Year award” at the Radiology Graduation dinner. This award is given each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to education in Radiology. The students in BioE224 nominated Michelle for her passion and excellence in teaching.

Congratulations Dr. James!

April 2019: Professor James' B cell paper wins an award

Professor James was awarded the Alavi-Mandell Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging for her paper “Imaging B cells in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis using 64Cu-Rituximab-PET." Congrats, Michelle!

January 2019: Marc wins the 2019 Molecular Imaging Young Investigator (MIYI) prize

Among the highly competitive group of proposals that were submitted to the MIPS MIYI Review Committee, Marc was awarded the 2019 MIYI prize. We are excited about this innovative proposal, entitled "Imaging the Gut-Brain Superhighway: Development of a PET Tracer Targeting Peripheral Alpha-Synuclein in Rodent Models of Parkinson’s Disease." 

Congratulations, Marc, on this exciting project!

January 2019: BioE224 class begins

Professor James is co-directing the BioEngineering course 224 with Professor Michael Moseley and Dr. Israt Alam, “Probes and Applications for Multi-Modality Molecular Imaging of Living Subjects”. Class began on January 8th and is held every Tuesday and Thursday. Emphasis this year will be on state-of-the-art strategies for early detection of Alzheimer's disease, imaging response to cutting-edge cancer immunotherapies, and how “Deep Learning” can be used for high-throughput automated image analysis and reducing radiation dose for PET imaging. There will also be a guest appearance from a successful Silicon Valley VC to teach the class how to give a killer pitch! Please email Prof James if you are interested in enrolling or auditing this class.

December 2018: Professor James receives NIH funding from NINDS

We are delighted to announce that Professor James received an R21 grant for her project titled, "Tracking the invaders in multiple sclerosis: Highly specific PET imaging biomarker of toxic infiltrating myeloid cells and early treatment response".

November 2018: Poorva joins the lab

The James lab warmly welcomes a new research assistant, Poorva, into the lab! Poorva is a recent graduate from Washington University in St. Louis and will assist in biomarker validation studies, specifically using qPCR and immunohistochemical staining.

October 2018: Professor James Kenote Talk at OSU

Professor James was the Keynote speaker for Annual Research Symposium at OSU, where she shared her insights into getting the most out of your postdoc and considerations when transitioning to faculty. 

October 2018: Kelly visits the lab for stroke/LPS study

We were excited to host Kelly Henry from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for a second, 5-week visit! Kelly was extremely productive in completing several studies involving acidosis in stroke and sepsis models.

October 2018: Haley wins poster award at the MIPS poster session in Monterey, CA

At the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) poster session in Monterey, Haley’s poster on her most recent research was awarded 3rd place! Congrats Haley!!

October 2018: Stanford Neuroscience Institute Symposium

Haley presented her poster on imaging chronic pain at the 2018 SNI symposium at Stanford!

September 2018: WMIC in Seattle

The James Lab traveled to Seattle for the 2018 World Molecular Imaging Congress. Here, Haley presented a poster on imaging myeloid cell activation in chronic pain. Following the poster session, Professor James and Professor Biswal won second place at the first ever WMIC Shark Tank competition! We enjoyed sharing our work and learning about the latest research from our peers in the field of molecular imaging.

August 2018: Aisling and Haley present at the 2018 Stanford BioX symposium

Aisling and Haley presented posters at the 2018 BioX Symposium at Stanford University. They both enjoyed sharing their interdisciplinary research with the Stanford community!

August 2018: Katie joins the lab!

Upon receiving her PhD at UC Davis, Dr. Katie Lucot joined Stanford as a postdoctoral fellow in Pathology department, under the guidance of Professor Thomas Montine. We are excited to work closely with Katie and Tom on multiple Parkinson’s Disease projects!

July 2018: James Lab summer BBQ

We very much enjoyed soaking in the California summer with our lab and collaborators :)

June 2018: JoVE video is published!

Make sure to check out the Journal of Visualized Experiments for our video on how to perform dynamic TSPO-PET imaging in a mouse model of ischemic stroke!

Dynamic TSPO-PET imaging in JoVE


May 2018: Aisling receives the SNMMI-ERF Postdoctoral Molecular Imaging Research Scholar Grant

Dr. Aisling Chaney was awarded an SNMMII grant for her project on imaging pro-inflammatory myeloid cells in rodent models of multiple sclerosis. Congrats, Aisling!!

March 2018: Kelly visits the lab

We were honored to host a visiting postdoc from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Kelly Henry, for a productive 8 weeks. Here, Kelly used her novel PET probe to image acidosis in sepsis.

February 2018: FSPG-PET paper is published!

Our paper on imaging oxidative stress in a mouse model of Multiple Sclerosis was published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation! See the following link to read about our findings.

FSPG-PET in a mouse model of MS

January 2018: Isaac joins the lab

Welcome Isaac Jackson! After rotating in our lab, we are very happy to announce that Isaac decided to join the James Lab for the PhD component of his MD/PhD dual degree through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Stanford.

February 2018: JoVE Filming

We had the pleasure of filming the methods of our publication PET Imaging of Neuroinflammation using [11C]DPA-713 in a mouse model of Ischemic Stroke in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Stay tuned for the published video!

January 2018: BioE 224 Winter Quarter Class Begins!

Probes and Applications for Multi-modality Molecular Imaging of Living Subjects

BioEngineering 224/Radiology 224

Dr. James is co-directing a BioEngineering class (BIOE224), which began on January 9th for the winter quarter! This class focuses on design, development, and application of imaging agents that target specific cellular and molecular aspects of disease. It covers the strengths and limitations of different imaging agents and how to optimize their design for image-guided intra-operative procedures, brain imaging, probing infection, or interrogating tumor metabolism. Emphasis this year will be on clinical molecular imaging, state-of-the-art strategies for early detection of dementia, imaging response to cancer immunotherapy, and how “Deep Learning” can be used for probe design and high-throughput automated image analysis.

December 2017: Happy Holidays!

James Lab and Mormino Lab 2017 Holiday Celebration

Celebrating 2017 with a [11C] DPA-713 cake and the Mormino Lab at Stanford University, we are thankful for all the support and opportunities we received this year. We cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store!

November 2017: First Stroke Patient Imaged with DPA-713

The first patient was imaged with [11C]DPA-713 at Stanford using PET/MR in November of 2017. We are excited to see how this tracer will help us answer questions about chronic neuroinflammation post-stroke.

September 2017: WMIC Posters, Talks, and Awards

We journeyed across the country to Philadelphia, PA for the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC). Here, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Aisling Chaney, and Research Assistant, Emily Johnson, presented our latest research through a featured talk and two posters. Aisling’s captivating poster illustrated the first head-to-head comparison of second generation TSPO-PET tracers in ischemic stroke. After her featured talk, Emily’s poster on the first myeloid cell specific PET tracer in LPS earned the Best Poster Award in the "Imaging Inflammation and Infection" track (in addition to her Student Travel Stipend). Well done Aisling and Emily!!