Dr. Michael Zeineh received a B.S. in Biology at Caltech in 1995 and obtained his M.D.-Ph.D. from UCLA in 2003. After internship also at UCLA, he went on to radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship both at Stanford. He has been faculty in Stanford Neuroradiology since 2010.

Combining clinical acumen in neuroradiology with advanced MRI acquisition and image processing as well as histologic validation, Dr. Zeineh hopes to advance the care of patients with neurodegenerative disorders.

Academic Profile

Marios Georgiadis - Instructor

Marios studies brain alterations in Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury. In his PhD in Bone Biomechanics (ETH Zurich) he developed X-ray methods to investigate bone nanostructure in 3D. In 2016, at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering of ETH Zurich, he started studying rodent brain microstructure with X-ray scattering, DTI, histology and CLARITY. In 2017 he joined the MRI Biophysics group at NUY Langone to study human and mouse brain microstructure. He joined the Zeineh lab in 2019, studying brain nanostructure changes in AD. His research has been supported twice by the Swiss National Science Foundation. As of 2021, he is an Instructor, with research (main focus) and teaching activities.

Email: mariosg@stanford.edu

Mahta Karimpoor - Post-Doctoral Scholar

Mahta is working on analyzing the MRI data (rsfMRI, DTI, and ASL) for the lab’s study of head impacts in athletes.  Mahta received her PhD from University of Toronto, Department of Medical Biophysics where she focused on fMRI-compatible computerized cognitive tests, and a platform that supports real-world human interactions using augmented reality.

Email: mahtakp@stanford.edu

Yixin Wang - PhD Student

Yixin is working on multimodal neuroimaging analysis, with a special focus on correlative MR-Histology in Alzheimer's diease. She is co-advised by Dr. Michael Zeineh and Dr. Kilian M Pohl.

Email: yxinwang@stanford.edu


Hossein Moein Taghavi - Life Science Research Professional

Hossein is working on the traumatic brain injury (TBI) study and conducting MRI scans for various studies in our lab including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and 7T Alzheimer's disease (AD). Additionally, he is working on processing and analyzying the MRI data for studies ranging from segmentation of MRI and histology to diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Hossein is also leading an MR-PET project on studying a novel brain region, which is significantly implicated in the early pathology of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), AD, and olfactory dysfunction.

Email: hmoein@stanford.edu

Zhou Zhou - Post-Doctoral Scholar

Zhou is working on uncovering brain injury mechanism by correlating on-field football impacts, to brain tissue deformation, to image-based evidence of injury.

Email: zhouz@stanford.edu

Emily Dennis - Visiting Faculty

Emily Dennis is a visiting researcher who leads an international neuroimaging consortium focused on traumatic brain injury. In the lab, she assists with studies of TBI in military veterans and athletes.

Email: eldennis@stanford.edu

William Ho - Life Science Research Professional

Will is working on a histology workflow on human brain tissue for correlating Alzheimer’s Disease microscopic slide pathology with MRI scans. He is leading the sectioning and staining efforts of the lab. He is also working on MRI data acquisition for investigating the effects of traumatic brain injury and chronic fatigue syndrome on the human brain.

Email: howill37@stanford.edu


Mario Wences - Administrative Assistant

Email: marlan27@stanford.edu


Undergraduates & Interns:

Dean Tran - Stanford Undergraduate 

Dean is working on projects involving the use of X-ray spectroscopy to better understand the role of iron in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis.

Email: deantran@stanford.edu

Samantha Leventis - Stanford Undergraduate 

Samantha is a current undergraduate working on multimodal neuroimaging registration and segmentation for correlative MR-Histology in Alzheimer's disease.

Email: samanthaleventis@stanford.edu




Philip DiGiacomo - PhD Student

Phil worked on advanced MRI to study Alzheimer's micropathology and develop new biomarkers for iron and inflammation

Email: pdigiaco@stanford.edu


Mackenzie Carlson - PhD Student

Mackenzie worked on multi-modal image-based biomarker discovery and analysis using clinical and pre-clinical PET/MRI, along with immuno-PET tracer design, for Alzheimer's Disease. She was jointly advised by Dr. Zeineh and Dr. James.

Mackenzie's work was supported by the F31 Ruth Kirschstein Fellowship.

Email: mlc18@stanford.edu

Nicole Mouchawar - Research Assistant

Nicole worked on the Alzheimer’s and iron study, and the chronic fatigue syndrome study. She did patient recruitment, and she also ran the MRI scanners for various studies in the lab.

Email: nmouchaw@stanford.edu

Gustavo Chau - PhD Student

Gustavo worked on using different diffusion MRI features to try to help the diagnosis of epilepsy.

Email: gustavo.chau@stanford.edu

Isabelle Hack - Clinical Research Coordinator

Isabelle was the reasearch coordinator for the chronic fatigue syndrome study.

Email: iehack@stanford.edu

Carolyn Akers - Research Assistant

Carolyn worked on analyzing X-ray spectra data to characterize iron deposits in hippocampal sections from Alzheimer's disease patients. She also contributed to manuscript writing and assisted with MRI scans of study participants.

Email: cakers@stanford.edu

Sherveen Parivash worked on using experimental MRI techniques to validate and further characterize a potential clinical biomarker in chronic fatigue syndrome. He is also worked on using multi-modal MRI to define patterns of injury in contact sport athletes.


Payman Rezaii was the clinical research coordinator for the chronic fatigue syndrome study, focusing on study design and recruitment. He also worked on MRI acquisition and quality control.

Maged Goubran received his Ph.D. in 2014 from Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario under the direction of Dr. Terry Peters. There, he performed quantitative in vivo MRI on epilepsy patients, correlated with post-surgical specimen MRI, and finally with quantitative histology.

At Stanford, Maged has been working on correlating specimen MRI with histology, in particular advanced techniques such as CLARITY. Additionally, he has been working on microstructural imaging in sports.

Dr. Wei Bian received his PhD from the UC Berkeley & UCSF Bioengineering program, focusing on using MRI to investigate tissue susceptibility in the human brain.

As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, Wei is studying inflammation in multiple sclerosis using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) and effective relaxation rate (R2*) mapping with ultra-high resolution 7T MRI. He is also working on sequence development for faster and more effective acquisitions for QSM.


Jonathan Leong worked on PET-MR in Alzheimer's disease.




Scott McIntosh was an administrator for Michael Zeineh's Lab. 




Mansi Parekh first authored the 2nd paper ever written on the hippocampal endfolial pathway ("Ultra-high resolution in-vivo 7.0T structural imaging of the human hippocampus reveals the endfolial pathway," Neuroimage, 2015).