Current Fellows

Jessica Klockow - In Vivo Molecular Imaging

Mentor: Fred Chin, PhD
2015

Jessica began her SMIS fellowship in September 2015 after completing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Missouri where she performed chemical synthesis and in vitro evaluation of fluorescent molecular sensors for neurotransmitter detection. At Stanford, she is working in the Chin Lab developing novel multimodal molecular imaging tools to detect enzymatic activity in neurological cancers and disorders. The goal is to elucidate biological mechanisms underlying disease pathogenesis and progression.


Sayan Mullick Chowdhury - In Vivo Molecular Imaging, Molecular Biology and Nanotechnology

Mentor: Juergen Willmann, MD
2015

Sayan began his SMIS fellowship in September 2015  after completing his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at State University of New York-Stony Brook where he focused on developing a graphene based MRI contrast agent for blood pool imaging applications and a nanoparticle based drug delivery agent for targeted therapy of HPV induced tumors. Sayan is starting his fellowship under the primary mentorship of Dr Juergen Karl Willmann in the Department of Radiology at the Stanford School of Medicine. He will also be doing a substantial portion of his research at the Canary Center for Early Cancer Detection at Stanford. Sayan  will be working towards developing a novel nanoparticle stabilized microbubble based contrast agent for targeted molecular imaging that can produce contrast enhancement in atleast five different modalities including MRI, ultrasound, X-ray, thermoacoustic imaging and photoacoustic imaging. This novel contrast agent will be useful for early detection of several forms of cancer including breast cancer and liver cancer. Furthermore, these contrast agent can also be modified to function as efficacious agents for localized chemotherapaeutic drug delivery.


Michael Mastanduno - In Vivo Molecular Imaging

Mentor: Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD
2014 - 2016

Michael began his SMIS fellowship in September of 2014 after completing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College. He was coadvised by Dr. Brian Pogue and Dr. Keith Paulsen to develop combined optical and MRI imaging for early diagnosis of breast cancer. Since joining the Gambhir lab in January, 2014, he has focused on quantitative image reconstruction for more accurate characterization of endogenous absorbers and exogenous molecular agents in photoacoustic tomography. Michael also supports efforts in instrumentation for multimodal ovarian cancer imaging in humans and animal models.  


Shiva Abbaszadeh - Molecular Imaging Instrumentation

Mentor: Craig Levin, PhD
2014 - 2016

Shiva began her SMIS fellowship in 2014 after completing her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. During her PhD, she worked on developing solid-state avalanche indirect X-ray detectors and a high resolution amorphous selenium direct X-ray detector using a CMOS active pixel sensor. She is working with Dr. Craig Levin on developing an advanced Positron Emission Tomography (PET) system dedicated to breast cancer imaging and investigating a new semiconductor detector material for enhancing PET performance.  

 


Joshua Cates - Molecular Imaging Instrumentation

Mentor: Craig Levin, PhD
2013-2016

Joshua began his SMIS fellowship in September of 2013 after completing his PhD in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is working with Craig Levin on Time-of-Flight Positron Emission Tomography (ToF-PET) detectors with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) compatible photosensor technologies and depth-of-Interaction capabilities. Joshua is also supporting efforts to develop a high-resolution, 3-D positioning cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) PET system. 


Annalisa Pawlosky - Molecular Biology and In Vivo Molecular Imaging

Mentors: Gary Glover, PhD and Craig Levin
2013 - 2016

Annalisa began her SMIS fellowship in November 2013 after completing her PhD in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology under the guidance of Alexander van Oudenaarden.  At Stanford, she will be working with Professor Matthew Scott to investigate the fundamental dynamics of Hedgehog (Hh) signaling in an effort to build novel tools for noninvasive optical imaging for Hh-associated cancers such as medulloblastoma. 

Former Fellows

Name Years Current Position
Moiz Ahmad
2012 - 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Radiology, Stanford University
Katheryne Wilson 2012 - 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Radiology, Stanford University
Robert Michael Angelo 2012 - 2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Stanford University
Timothy Larson 2012 - 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology
Tianyi Krupka 2011 Unknown
Adam Cole 2011 Patent Agent at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Rehan Ali 2010 - 2013 Research Scientist
Prachi Pandit 2010 - 2013 Associate Specialist, UCSF
Jesse Jokerst 2009 - 2013 Assistant Professor, Department of NanoEngineering, UCSD
Eric Gonzalez 2009 - 2012 Unknown
Nicholas Conley 2009 - 2012 Principal Research Engineer, HGST/Western Digital
Benjamin Cosgrove 2008 - 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

Cosgrove Lab
Sharon Hori 2008 - 2011 Research Scientist, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology
Marybeth A. Pysz 2008 - 2011 Scientist II, Stem CentRx
Henry Haeberle 2008 - 2010 Life Science Application Scientista at Thorlabs
Hua Fan-Minogue 2007 - 2010 Research Scientist, Stanford University
Keith Hartman 2007 - 2009 Director, Corporate Strategy - Home Modalities at DaVita
Ted Chu 2007 - 2008 Research Scientist, Geron
Richard Kimura 2006 - 2009 Research Scientist, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection
Hen-Tzu (Jill) Lin 2006 - 2009 Analytics Manager, Genentech
Jennifer Prescher 2006 - 2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Prescher Lab
Bryan Smith 2006 - 2009 Research Scientist, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology