The McNab Lab is part of the Radiological Sciences Laboratory division of the Department of Radiology in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. We are based at the Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging.

Our mission is to develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques that probe human brain tissue microstructure. This requires new MRI contrast mechanisms, strategic encoding and reconstruction schemes, physiological monitoring, brain tissue modeling and validation. Applications of these methods include neuronavigation, neurosurgical planning and the development of improved biomarkers for brain development, degeneration, disease and injury. 

Our current research is focused on the development of MRI pulse sequences and analysis strategies for:

  • Multi-dimensional Diffusion Encoding
  • Mapping Cortical Fiber Patterns
  • Integration of MRI and Advanced Histology
  • Mixed-Reality Neuronavigation for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Diffusion Tractography for Neurosurgical Targeting

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Lab News

05/06/2024: Jennifer is named an ISMRM Fellow at the Annual Meeting of the ISMRM in Singapore. 

05/09/2024: Congratulations to Erpeng and Gustavo on their presentations at ISMRM in Singapore. 

05/01/2024: Farewell to our clinical coordinator Sarah Kim as she heads off to medical school and welcome to Martin Schneider our new clinical coordinator. 

03/09/2024: Jennifer is elected to the ISMRM Board of Trustees as the Scientist from Within North America. 

11/28/2023: Jennifer is elected to the Council of Distinguished Investigators by the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research. 

10/01/2023: Welcome Olivia Jones — visiting graduate student from Manchester University. 

10/01/2023: Congratulations to Erpeng Dai on his promotion to Instructor in the Department of Radiology, Stanford University. 

09/19/2023: Congratulations to Gustavo Chau, who was recently awarded a Siebel scholar grant.

09/15/2023: Welcome Yuxuan Wu, an incoming graduate student from BioE who will rotate in our lab this Fall.

09/01/2023: We welcome Sarah Kim to our group in the role of Clinical Coordinator.

09/01/2023: Congratulations to Erpeng Dai on his recently award NIH K99 grant entitled “Developing advanced diffusion MRI for early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease”.