Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Craig S. Levin, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiology, and by courtesy, Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering,
Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS),
Division of Nuclear Medicine,
Stanford University School of Medicine.
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Phone: 650-736-0449 Fax: 650-724-1499 E-mail »

Postdoctoral Fellows

Mina Esmaeelpour

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Dr. Esmaeelpour is working on various optical detection methods to improve coincidence time resolution (CTR) for PET systems. Her research aims to improve the spatial and temporal resolutions of detecting material’s optical modulations.

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Andrew Groll

Fax: 650-736-0234 E-mail »

Dr. Groll is working on a preclinical CZT system and the lab’s first generation MRI compatible PET insert.

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Diana Jeong

Phone: 650-621-0359 Fax: 650-724-1499 E-mail »

Dr. Jeong is interested in working on ultrafast detection of ionizing radiation to improve coincidence time resolution of the PET system, using techniques in modern optics.

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Min Sun Lee

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Dr. Lee is interested in novel detector development for PET imaging. Especially focusing on time-of-flight PET detectors.

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Andrea Gonzalez-Montoro

Phone: 650-723-1831 E-mail »

Dr. Gonzalez-Montoro has been mostly working on the design and evaluation of high efficiency Positron Emission Tomography (PET) detector blocks based on monolithic crystals and SiPMs, and on the implementation of positioning-algorithms for an accurate 3D photon impact coordinate determination within the detector.

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Zhengzhi Liu

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Dr. Liu’s research interest includes medical image reconstruction algorithms development and related computing acceleration. Currently, Zhengzhi is working on PET dose reduction and simultaneous multi-tracer PET imaging.

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Shirin Pourashraf

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Dr. Pourashraf is interested in TOF-PET Imaging; specifically exploring, and designing instrumentation, and data acquisition electronics to improve time-of-flight resolution in PET detectors.

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Salar Sajedi

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Dr. Sajeti is working on the detector development and instrumentation of molecular imaging. He is trying to push the limits in the spatial and timing resolution of the detectors in clinical PET and SPECT imaging and develop multimodal imaging systems for different clinical and preclinical applications.

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Michael Thomas Ghijsen

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Dr. Ghijsen is working on the development of a web-based graphical user interface for 0.5 mm resolution PET. 

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Muhammad Nasir Ullah

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Dr. Ullah is working on high resolution preclinical PET scanner.

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Yushin Kim

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Dr. Kim is working on optical detection of ionizing radiation  to improve coincidence time resolution of PET system.

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Research Associates

Garry Chinn

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Dr. Chinn is working on image reconstruction, signal processing, and image analysis.

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Derek Innes

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Derek is interested in mechanical Design, and interpersonal relationships in a multi-disciplinary environment.

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Ron Watkins

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Visiting Faculty/Scholar

Ke Cui, PhD

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Ke is interested in the back-end design of the MR/PET devices. He is also interested in the FPGA-based algorithm acceleration technique.

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Graduate Students

Emily Anaya

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Emily is interested in designing a board to synchronize photon detector modules of a positron emission tomography (PET) insert for combined PET+MRI imaging.

Zahra Ashouri

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Zahra is interested in PET reconstruction algorithms development specially PET/MR systems. She is currently working on measuring point spread function (PSF) for lab's first generation MRI compatible PET insert.

Myungheon Chin

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Myungheon is interested in developing image processing methods for a 1-mm resolution clinical PET system and translating the system into the clinic. Details »

Qian Dong

Phone: 858-888-6795

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Qian is interested in developing a radio frequency-penetrable PET insert to achieve simultaneous PET/MR using the built in body coil as RF transmitter.

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Jonathan Fisher

Phone: 650-498-4325 Fax: 650-736-0234 E-mail »

Jonathan is interested in signal processing, computer vision and machine learning for algorithm development in medical imaging

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Jung-Soo Ko

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Li Tao

Phone: 650-725-8090 E-mail »

Li is interested in probing radiation-induced optical property changes in photonic materials for faster timing in time-of-flight PET system.

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Zhixiang Zhao

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Zhixiang is interested in front-end and system-level design of high-performance molecular imaging instrumentation. Currently, he is working on the FPGA based readout system for ToF-PET scanners with 100 ps time resolution.

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West Foster

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West is working towards imaging multiple PET tracers in a single PET scan. Details »

Rochelle Karina Radzyminski

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Rochelle is working on developing a miniaturized Raman imager for continuous monitoring of tumor progression.

Undergraduate Students

Caterina Zampa

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Caterina is working on the design of the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner using Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) crystal detectors to maximize spatial and energy resolution for imaging of small molecular probes. Her project involves analyzing the physics behind the drift of the electron-hole pair through the semiconductor and evaluating whether sub-electrode photon positioning is possible.

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Julia Zhu

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Julia is currently working on the application of modern optics to improving ionizing radiation detection for PET. 

Consultants

Shiva Abbaszadeh

Current Employer: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Shiva is interested in medical imaging technologies with particular interest in novel detector development, system simulation, and data acquisition.

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Joshua Cates

Current Employer: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Dr. Cates is interested in novel detector development for PET imaging. Specifically, his research investigates technologies and techniques for reducing the timing performance of scintillation detectors coupled to analogue and digital silicon photomultipliers towards statistical limits. He is also investigating depth-of-interaction techniques for ToF-PET detectors coupled to MRI-compatible photosensor technologies.

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Chen-Ming Chang

Phone: 650-736-2780 Fax: 650-736-0234 E-mail »

Chen-Ming is interested in the front-end and back-end design of the medical devices. He is also interested in the molecular imaging instrumentation at the system level. Currently, he is developing a MRI compatible PET scanner insert dedicated to brain imaging.

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Henry Meyer Daghighian

Current Employer: Apple, Inc.

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My interests include detector physics and radiation detection technology. At Stanford Univ. I have helped support the introduction of opto-electronics technology in data transfer and radiation detection methods.

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Brian Lee

Phone: 650-704-5296 Fax: 650-736-0234 E-mail »

Brian is interested in designing medical devices. He is currently working on the design and development for a brain PET/MRI system.

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