Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars Program

Current Fellows

Michael Mastanduno - In Vivo Molecular Imaging
Michael began his SMIS fellowship in September of 2014 after completing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College. He was coadvised by Dr. Brian Pogue and Dr. Keith Paulsen to develop combined optical and MRI imaging for early diagnosis of breast cancer. Since joining the Gambhir lab in January, 2014, he has focused on quantitative image reconstruction for more accurate characterization of endogenous absorbers and exogenous molecular agents in photoacoustic tomography. Michael also supports efforts in instrumentation for multimodal ovarian cancer imaging in humans and animal models. Stanford Academic Profile.

Shiva Abbaszadeh - Molecular Imaging Instrumentation
Shiva began her SMIS fellowship in 2014 after completing her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. During her PhD, she worked on developing solid-state avalanche indirect X-ray detectors and a high resolution amorphous selenium direct X-ray detector using a CMOS active pixel sensor. She is working with Dr. Craig Levin on developing an advanced Positron Emission Tomography (PET) system dedicated to breast cancer imaging and investigating a new semiconductor detector material for enhancing PET performance. Stanford Academic Profile.

Moiz AhmadMoiz Ahmad - Imaging Instrumentation
Moiz will begin his SMIS fellowship in Dec 2012 after completing his PhD in Medical Physics at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science. His primary mentor in the program is Dr. Lei Xing. Moiz will be working on improving x-ray stimulated luminescence tomography, which uses targeted phosphor nanoparticles combined with spatially targeted x-ray stimulation for high-specificity molecular imaging.Stanford Academic Profile.

Joshua Cates - Molecular Imaging Instrumentation
Joshua began his SMIS fellowship in September of 2013 after completing his PhD in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is working with Craig Levin on Time-of-Flight Positron Emission Tomography (ToF-PET) detectors with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) compatible photosensor technologies and depth-of-Interaction capabilities. Joshua is also supporting efforts to develop a high-resolution, 3-D positioning cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) PET system. Stanford Academic Profile.

Annalisa Pawlosky - Molecular Biology and In Vivo Molecular Imaging
Annalisa began her SMIS fellowship in November 2013 after completing her PhD in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology under the guidance of Alexander van Oudenaarden.  At Stanford, she will be working with Professor Matthew Scott to investigate the fundamental dynamics of Hedgehog (Hh) signaling in an effort to build novel tools for noninvasive optical imaging for Hh-associated cancers such as medulloblastoma. Stanford Academic Profile.

Katie WilsonKatheryne Wilson - In Vivo Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology
Katie began her SMIS fellowship in 2012 after completing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working with Dr. Juergen Willmann in the Department of Radiology as her primary mentor to develop molecular imaging contrast agents for combined ultrasound, photoacoustic, and mammographic imaging, three highly complementary modalities. The goal of these agents to aid in early detection of breast cancer in high risk patients with dense tissues, where current methods have poor sensitivity and specificity. Stanford Academic Profile.



Former Fellows

Name Years Current Position
Michael Angelo 2012 - 2014 Instructor, Department of Pathology, Stanford University
Timothy Larson 2012 - 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology
Tianyi Krupka 2011 Unknown
Adam Cole 2011 Patent Agent at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Rehan Ali 2010 - 2013 Indie Developer
Prachi Pandit 2010 - 2013 Associate Specialist, UCSF
Jesse Jokerst 2009 - 2013 Instructor, Molecular Imaging Scholar at Stanford, Department of Radiology
Eric Gonzalez 2009 - 2012 Unknown
Nicholas Conley 2009 - 2012 Principal Research Engineer, HGST/Western Digital
Benjamin Cosgrove 2008 - 2011 Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University (starting June 2014)
Sharon Hori 2008 - 2011 Research Scientist, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology
Marybeth A. Pysz 2008 - 2011 Scientist II, Stem CentRx
Henry Haeberle 2008 - 2010 Life Science Application Scientista at Thorlabs
Hua Fan-Minogue 2007 - 2010 Research Scientist, Stanford University
Keith Hartman 2007 - 2009 Director, Corporate Strategy - Home Modalities at DaVita
Ted Chu 2007 - 2008 Research Scientist, Geron
Richard Kimura 2006 - 2009 Research Scientist, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection
Hen-Tzu (Jill) Lin 2006 - 2009 Analytics Manager, Genentech
Jennifer Prescher 2006 - 2009 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
Bryan Smith 2006 - 2009 Research Scientist, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology

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