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  • Friso Benjamin Achterberg

    Friso Benjamin Achterberg

    Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, Rad/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford

    Bio Bio

    Friso Achterberg is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) and the department of Radiology. Friso received his B.Sc, M.Sc. and MD degree in Medicine from the university of Leiden in the Netherlands in 2014 and 2017 respectively. After acquiring his MD degree, he started working as a resident (not in training) at the department of surgery at the The Hague Medical Center. In October 2017 he started his MD Ph.D. program at the department for Oncological Surgery under the supervision of doctor Alexander L. Vahrmeijer, head of the Image-Guided Surgery Group at the Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands.

    In April 2018 he was co-responsible for organizing an Academy Colloquium titled: ?Precision Surgery by Tumor Targeted Molecular Imaging: current challenges in the translation to clinical practice?. The Colloquium was organized to discuss the current challenges in the field of image-guided surgery with experts of the field.

    Professional education
    -Doctor of Medicine, Leiden University Medical Center (2017)
    -Master of Science, Leiden University Medical Center (2017)
    -Bachelor of Science, Leiden University Medical Center (2014)

  • Rayhaneh Afjei

    Rayhaneh Afjei

    Life Science Research Professional, Rad/Neuroimaging and Neurointervention

    Bio Lab Manager, Stanford University, Prof. Tarik Massod08/2015 - Present
    School of Medicine, Department of radiology section of Neuroradiology,
    Molecular imaging program at Stanford (MIPS) Lab
    ? Performed antioxidant project to treat brain/breast cancer utilizing the following techniques :
    -Cell culturing (T98G, LN229, U87, T98G, 293T, MDA, Hela cells) including maintenance of cells, transfection, transduction and drug treatment
    -Cloning, transformation, plasmid extraction, gel electrophoresis
    -Flow cytometer, mitochondria staining, luciferase assay
    -Nanomedicine, Molecular imaging, Targeted delivery, Gene therapy
    ?Enhanced the therapeutic efficacy of Temozolomide (clinical drug) towards glioblastoma by 20 with miR-21 downregulation and PLGA nanoparticles
    ?Co-delivery of therapeutic microRNAs and drugs for triple negative breast cancer treatment in pre-clinical small animal model by multifunctional polymer nanocarriers
    Canary Crest Summer Program Mentor, Stanford University, School of Medicine2017 & 2018
    Assistant to the chair, Spiritual Care, UC Davis Med Center 10/2012-8/2015
    Research Assistant, Stanford University, Prof. Ahmad Salehi10/2013 ? 06/2015
    ?BDNF signaling in mouse model of Down syndrome:
    Performed biochemical techniques including western blots, immunohistochemistry, qPCR and ELISA
    ?Study differences between normal and abnormal physiology to find appropriate biological targets for drug intervention
    ?Study the pathways by which the drugs are causing the observed effects on cognitive function and neurodegeneration
    ?Performed in-vitro and in-vivo experiments using mouse models of Down syndrome to study the effects of drugs on neurodegeneration and learning ability (cognition)
    Research Assistant, University of California Davis, Prof. Kit Lam 6/2012-12/2012
    Performed experiments on cancer treatment techniques including:
    Library design, General library screening techniques, Optimizing concentration of dye
    Image J, picked up beads, sequencing

  • Rajib Ahmed

    Rajib Ahmed

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Radiology

    Bio Dr. Rajib Ahmed working as a postdoc fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. His research focus on micro- and nano-technologies based biomedical optical devices.

    Rajib received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree at the department of applied physics electronics and communication engineering in 2010 and 2012 with first class honor from University of Dhaka (Bangladesh), and also studied two-year double degree M.Sc. as a Erasmus mundus student at MAsters on Photonic NETworks Engineering (MAPNET) on in Scuola Superiore Sant?Anna (Italy), Aston University (UK), and Technische Univeraitat Berlin (Germany) in 2013-2014. He received his Ph.D. degree on laser based nanofabrication from school of engineering, University of Birmingham (UK) in 2018. Upon the completion of his Ph.D. studies, Rajib started working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine in 2018.

    Rajib has published his research work in the most prestigious journals, including ACS Nano, Light: Science & Applications, Advanced Optical Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Scientific Reports,Optics Express, Optics Letter, Nanoscale, Applied Physics Letter, ACS Photonics, etc. Besides his research publications, he has contributed to the publication of 4 book chapters. His research findings have been presented in national and international conferences.

  • Raag Airan

    Raag Airan

    Assistant Professor of Radiology (Neuroradiology) at the Stanford University Medical Center and, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our goal is to develop and clinically implement new technologies for high-precision and noninvasive intervention upon the nervous system. Every few millimeters of the brain is functionally distinct, and different parts of the brain may have counteracting responses to therapy. To better match our therapies to neuroscience, we develop techniques that allow intervention upon only the right part of the nervous system at the right time, using technologies like focused ultrasound and nanotechnology.

  • Alireza Akhbardeh

    Alireza Akhbardeh

    Affiliate, Rad/Body Imaging

    Bio I have over 15 years of experience in both academic and industrial settings with over 60 publications and patents. I have focused on various aspects of medical imaging (MRI, Ultrasound, PET/CT, Optical), bio-sensing and wearables, signal/image processing, machine learning, deep learning, and medical device development for many different projects. I have PhD in Biomedical Engineering and also completed two different fellowships in Biomedical and Radiology and Oncology, followed by tenure-track faculty position at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I have also appointed with other primary and adjunct faculty appointments in ECE and BME in the past.

  • Murat Aksoy

    Murat Aksoy

    Affiliate, Rad/Neuroimaging and Neurointervention

    Bio I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elecrical & Electronics Engineering from Bo?aziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey and got my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electical Engineering at Stanford University under the supervision of Dr. Roland Bammer. Currently, I am working as a research associate in the department of Radiology at Stanford University. My primary research interest is the detection and correction of patient motion during magnetic resonance imaging experiments us?ng an optical tracking system (i.e., a camera) wh?ch is installed inside the MR scanner bore. My eventual purpose is to implement this motion tracking system in a clinical setting, which will improve the MR image quality especially for certain patient populations (stroke patients, elderly and children) and will eliminate the need of anesthesia in pediatric population. I also worked on improving the data quality for diffusion-weighted and diffusion-tensor imaging via advanced reconstruction routines, and examined the benefits of such methods on fiber tractography.

  • Israt Alam

    Israt Alam

    Rad/Molecular Imaging Scientist, Rad/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford

    Bio Research Focus and interests: Molecular Imaging, PET, Immuno-Oncology, Graft versus Host Disease, Cell therapies

    Dr. Israt Alam is a Research Scientist at the Radiology Department at Stanford University, under the supervision of Prof. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir. Her research focuses on studying lymphocyte activation with the motivation of developing non-invasive imaging tools, to monitor immune dynamics in response to immunotherapy and for diagnosis of immune driven diseases. Her work has supported the clinical translation of several nuclear imaging agents for early disease diagnosis and prediction of treatment response for improved patient management.

    Appointments:
    Post-Doctoral Scholar and Research Scientist, Department of Radiology, Stanford (2015-present)
    Visiting Researcher under supervision of Prof. Spencer Shorte, Plateforme d'imagerie dynamique, Pasteur Institute, Paris (2014)
    Science Education Intern and Consultant: United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris (2012-2013)

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