The McNab Lab is a part of the Radiological Sciences Laboratory section of the Department of Radiology within the School of Medicine at Stanford University. We are based at the Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging.

Our mission is to develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques that probe human brain tissue microstructure. This requires new MRI contrast mechanisms, strategic encoding and reconstruction schemes, physiological monitoring, brain tissue modeling and validation. Applications of these methods include neuronavigation, neurosurgical planning and the development of improved biomarkers for brain development, degeneration, disease and injury. 

Our current research is focused on the development of MRI pulse sequences and analysis strategies for :

  • Multi-dimensional Diffusion Encoding
  • Mapping Cortical Fiber Patterns
  • Integration of MRI and Advanced Histology
  • Mixed-Reality Neuronavigation for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Diffusion Tractography for Neurosurgical Targeting

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Lab News

04/30/2019: Congratulations to Grant Yang on his successful PhD defense!

Postdoctoral Position in FMRI and Tractography for Neurosurgical Targeting. Click here for more details.

02/26/19: Jennifer and Grant visit GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY to test out a new high-performance gradient system. 

01/23/19: Qiyuan's paper on Generalized Diffusion Spectrum MRI for Model-Free Reconstruction of the Ensemble Average Propagator is accepted at NeuroImage.

01/7/19: We welcome Emmanuelle Weber as a new postdoc in our lab and Laurel Hales as a rotation graduate student from EE.

10/10/18: Grant's paper on Eddy Current Nulled Constrained Optimization of Isotropic Diffusion Encoding Waveforms is accepted at Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

09/26/18: Together with Kalanit Grill-Spector and Dan Yamins, Jennifer is awarded a Big Ideas Grant from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford.