Current Trainees

Negar Golestani
mentors: Mirabela Rusu and Bruce Daniel
(9/1/2021 - 8/31/2023)

Negar Golestani is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiology Department at Stanford. Her primary interest in health sensing and imaging, biomedical data fusion, and machine learning in personalized healthcare. She completed a dual degree from the University of Southern California in 2021 and graduated with an M.S./Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Computer Science. She earned her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, in 2014. During her doctoral studies under the mentorship of Dr. Mahta Moghaddam, she worked on hardware and software development of wireless sensor networks for health monitoring. She introduced a new wearable system based on magnetic induction for human activity recognition and 3D motion tracking. As a SCIT Fellow, she works with Drs. Mirabela Rusu and Bruce Daniel toward developing an AI-based detection model distinguishing DCIS from IBC on pre-operative breast MRI to enable pixel-level assessments and improve patient screening for breast cancer.

Carson Sibley
mentors: Andreas Loening and Shreyas Vasanawala
(7/1/2021 - 6/30/2023)

Carson is a radiology fellow with a passion for lymphatic and cancer imaging.  He completed a dual certification pathway in diagnostic radiology and nuclear radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas (2021).  During residency, he studied LI-RADS treatment response after DEB-TACE under the mentorship of Dr. Takeshi Yokoo and growth kinetics and radiogenomics of renal cell carcinoma under the mentorship of Dr. Ivan Pedrosa.  Prior to residency, he attended medical school at UT Southwestern (2016) where he studied gene expression of lymphangiogenic non-small cell lung cancer under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Dellinger.  As a body MR fellow, Carson’s additional research and clinical interests lie in adult and pediatric PET/MR applications, prostate cancer, gynecologic malignancies, pelvic floor dysfunction, and rectal cancer staging.  As a SCIT Fellow, Carson works under the guidance of his team of mentors toward optimizing lymphatic imaging, particularly MR lymphangiography, to maximize clinically relevant data and drive therapeutic innovation for patients with a variety of lymphatic pathologies. 

Aaron Chiou
mentors: Sylvia Plevritis and Michael Longaker
(9/16/2020 - 9/15/2022)

Aaron Chiou is a postdoctoral fellow interested in applying quantitative tools to study spatiotemporal mechanisms of cancer progression. Aaron earned his Sc.B. in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University in 2014, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University in 2020. Under the mentorship of Dr. Claudia Fischbach, his doctoral research focused on developing and utilizing spatially resolved approaches to investigate interactions between tumor cells and mineralized bone matrix relevant to skeletal metastasis of breast cancer. In 2018, Aaron received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral (F31) Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute. As a SCIT fellow, he will work with Dr. Sylvia Plevritis to characterize the tumor microenvironment during lung cancer progression using quantitative imaging and computational analysis.

Jessica McKay
mentors: Brian Hargreaves and Bruce Daniel
(7/16/2020 - 7/15/2022)

Jessica earned a B.S. (2014) in Physics from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. (2020) in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota where she performed research at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, mentored by Dr. Patrick Bolan. As a postdoctoral fellow in Stanford’s Department of Radiology, under the mentorship of Drs. Brian Hargreaves and Bruce Daniel, Jessica works toward technical developments of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for breast cancer. Her main goal is to improve the quality and resolution of breast diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), which she hopes will contribute to non-contrast breast cancer screening. In the age of “over-diagnosis” (better-termed “over-treatment”) of breast cancer, Jessica is also interested in exploring the role of breast DWI in treatment decision-making and disease monitoring. She plans to further translate these technological developments to other body regions that are often neglected due to their challenging nature to expand their clinical impact.

Michael Zhang
mentors: Heike Daldrup-Link and Gerald Grant
(12/1/2019 - 11/30/2021)

Michael is a 4th year neurosurgery resident with a primary interest in CNS tumor imaging and immunology. He studied health economics and global health as an undergraduate at Harvard (2008-2012). During this period and under the guidance of Professor Gregory Verdine, he used X-Ray crystallography to evaluate how a DNA glycosylase (MutM) interrogates damaged DNA base-pairs for removal. Michael subsequently came to Stanford for medical school, where he worked with Dr. Samuel Cheshier to study anti-CD47 induced phagocytosis in glioblastomas elimination. As a surgical trainee, he now continues various avenues of clinical research including CNS applications in radiosurgery, radiomics, and medical administrative databases. As an SCIT Fellow, he will specifically be working with Dr. Sanjiv Gambhir to develop potential immuno-PET tracers to characterize CNS immune-suppression.