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  • Stephanie van de Ven, MD, PhD

    Stephanie van de Ven, MD, PhD

    Deputy Director, Canary Center at Stanford, Rad/Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection

    Bio As Deputy Director of the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection I broadly oversee its operations and research programs. The Canary Center is focused on developing in vitro and in vivo tools for early cancer detection and its research spans the areas of biomarker discovery, development of molecular imaging agents, development of new diagnostic and imaging devices, and mathematical modeling. In my position I facilitate the clinical translation of cancer diagnostic tools and I enable innovative interdisciplinary research. My research expertise includes leading phase I-II clinical trials to evaluate a newly developed optical breast imaging system in combination with a novel imaging agent. I gained valuable experience in clinical translation of medical devices and in testing new imaging agents for the first time in patients. My training as a Radiology resident was instrumental in my decision to focus on cancer early detection research, because it clearly confronted me with the problem that most cancer patients are being diagnosed too late. I expanded my knowledge on biomarker research by developing proteomics assays during my postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, in conjunction with my continued work in optical and photoacoustic molecular imaging. In my current role, I work with the faculty of the Canary Center and the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, and am committed to advancing cancer research by applying my medical training, clinical knowledge, and research expertise to managing collaborative programs and contribute to the success of the Center and its faculty.

  • Shreyas Vasanawala, MD/PhD

    Shreyas Vasanawala, MD/PhD

    Associate Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology)

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our group is focused on developing new MRI techniques. In particular, we are increasing the speed of MRI.

  • Audrey Verde

    Audrey Verde

    Resident in Radiology

    Bio Audrey is a first year Radiology Resident who received her MD-PhD, and Medicine Prelim training from UNC Chapel Hill. For her Neurobiology PhD Audrey helped to develop a pipeline of tools to analyze diffusion weighted images, which she then used to perform DTI and quantitative tractography to investigate the episodic memory circuitry in cigarette smokers and nonsmokers. Besides radiology and research, Audrey?s passions are advocacy, mentorship, leadership, and policy. At UNC she co-founded the UNC Advocates for MD-PhD Women in Science, which worked to promote the success, recognition, and excellence of women in academic medicine and medical research. Through this organization she founded an inter-institutional annual symposium advocating for women MD-PhDs. Audrey hopes to continue this work by advocating for women and other underrepresented minorities within Radiology.

  • Ophir Vermesh

    Ophir Vermesh

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My interests lie at the interface of medicine and technology, engineering new wearable and implantable technologies for earlier cancer detection and continuous monitoring. I am particularly interested in moving promising diagnostic technologies past the proof-of-concept phase and into the clinic.

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