Principal Investigator

Associate Professor (Research) of Radiology (Radiological Sciences Laboratory)


Dr. McNab is an MRI Physicist focused on the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast mechanisms and acquisition strategies that yield new and/or improved images of the in vivo human brain. Over the past decade, she has developed numerous MRI acquisition methods, with her primary contributions being in the field of diffusion MRI. Dr. McNab has extensive experience with the most cutting-edge MRI technology, including the world's strongest human-MRI gradients (300 mT/m), highly-parallelized phased-array RF coils (64-channels) and ultra-high magnetic field (7T).

Research Scientist

Physical Science Research Scientist, Rad/Radiological Sciences Laboratory


Dr. Leuze is working on techniques for visualization of MRI data using virtual and augmented reality devices. He has developed an MRI viewer for the Samsung Gear VR and has presented projects on MRI data volumetric visualization and registration to the real world using the Microsoft Hololens and the Intel RealSense camera. Dr. Leuze is furthermore refining MRI techniques for measuring brain circuits by validation with tissue clearing and optical imaging methods.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiological Sciences Laboratory


Dr. Erpeng Dai mainly focuses on technique development for high-resolution and high-efficiency diffusion MRI (dMRI). Previously, he optimized the navigator acquisition for multi-shot interleaved EPI dMRI and further combined it with simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) for improved scan efficiency. Meanwhile, he also merged SMS and multi-slab techniques to achieve high-resolution isotropic imaging. Currently, Erpeng Dai is mainly working on developing high-fidelity and high-resolution dMRI, cortical dMRI and microstructure studies.
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Physical Science Research Scientist, Rad/Radiological Sciences Laboratory

Graduate Students

Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering, admitted Autumn 2018
Kris Quah


Ph.D Student in Electrical Engineering

Kris Quah, from Singapore, is pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering. Kris aspires to do biomedical and medical imaging research to improve people’s lives, and to work in the field of MRI. At Vanderbilt, she was a teaching assistant and tutor in the engineering department, and a research assistant. As a member of Vanderbilt’s national championship winning NCAA Division I bowling team, she was awarded NCAA Rookie of the Year, was a three-time All-American, and received Google Cloud Academic All-American honors. She received the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Design and Research Award.


Administrative Staff

Manuela Vasquez


As an Administrative Associate, I am dedicated to keeping scientists organized, prioritized and less stressed. I practice a streamlined and intuitive approach to assistance. I am open-arms to opportunities that will broaden my horizon. A team player, willing to lead or follow, eager to learn and is self-motivated. Committed to excellence in service. My philosophy centers around what role I can play in helping others find solutions. Enthusiastic and personable, my passion is to contribute, support, and make a difference.


Qiyuan Tian, Graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2017, Now a postdoc at MGH/Harvard Medical School

Sam Cartmell, Stanford Medical Student, (Med Scholar 2016-2017), Now a radiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital

Christian Thaler, MD, Visiting Scientist (2017-2018), University Medical Center Hamburg

Muhamed Barakovic, EPFL-Stanford Exchange Student (Summer 2018)

Lilly Zhou, Undergraduate Summer Student 2018

Grant Yang, Graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2019, Now working at Oculus

Jessica Tseng, Undergraduate Summer Student 2019