Dr Samantha Holdsworth
Director of Research
Chief Operating Officer
Dr Patrick McHugh
Community Health Initiatives
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Board of Trustees
Sir Richard Faull
Dame Bronwen Holdsworth
Ingrid Nea Collins
Assoc. Prof. Gerry Devlin
Assoc. Prof. Brett Cowan
Māori Advisory Board
Ingrid Nea Collins
Dr Cassidy Hameora Moeke
Research Advisory Board
Dr Sari MacKenzie
Dr Graham Wilson
Dr Jennie Harré Hindmarsh
Dr Daniel Cornfeld
Dr Catherine Morgan
Dr Dean Robinson
Scientific Advisory Board
Professor Graham Galloway
A/Professor Jalal Andre
A/Professor Katie McMahon
Affiliate faculty advisors
Alan Wang, PhD
Associate Professor – Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Computational radiology, multimodal neuroimaging analysis, statistical learning & deep learning theories, neurodegenerative diseases, neurological disorders.
Anne Chin, MD
Assistant Professor – University of Montreal, Canada
Cardiothoracic Radiologist – University of Montreal Health Centre
Cardiac CT/MRI, quaternary cardiothoracic/aortic imaging, advanced post-processing techniques.
Audrey Fan, PhD
Assistant Professor – Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California Davis, U.S.A
Simultaneous PET/MRI, cerebral physiology, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, neurovascular coupling.
Beau Pontré, PhD
Senior Lecturer – Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging, University of Auckland
Cardiac imaging and modeling, congenital heart disease, medical physics (Ultrasound, X-ray, MRI), high field MR imaging.
David Dubowitz, PhD/MD
Director, Neuroradiologist, Neuroscientist – Centre for Advanced MRI, University of Auckland
Brain microstructure, cerebral physiology, resting-state fMRI connectivity, oxygen metabolism, MR spectroscopy, hypoxia, migraine.
Feliks Kogan, PhD
Assistant Professor – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, U.S.A
Musculoskeletal imaging, osteoarthritis, MRI physics, cellular and molecular Imaging, multimodal Imaging.
Geoffrey Handsfield, PhD
Researcher, Aotearoa Fellow – Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Musculoskeletal biomechanics, imaging, computational modeling.
Jia Guo, PhD
Assistant Professor – Department of Bioengineering, University of California Riverside, U.S.A
Magnetic resonance imaging, perfusion imaging, brain physiology, medical image processing, machine (deep) learning.
Manoj Saranathan, PhD
Associate Professor – Department of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona, U.S.A
MRI physics and reconstruction, ultra fast dynamic MRI for cancer and function, imaging and segmentation of deep brain structures.
Mehmet Kurt, PhD
Assistant Professor – Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, U.S.A
Brain biomechanics, mechanical neuroimaging, concussions, modeling, helmet design.
Michael Hoff, PhD
Assistant Professor – Department of Radiology, University of Washington, U.S.A
Translational MRI research, correction of susceptibility/off-resonance and motion/flow artefacts.
Miriam Scadeng, MBBS/FRCR
Associate Professor, Head – Department of Academic Radiology, University of Auckland
MRI, neuroimaging, animal models of human disease, comparative anatomical and physiological adaptations to hypoxia.
Nils Forkert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair – University of Calgary, Canada
Machine learning, predictive modelling, medical image analysis, perfusion analysis.
Rachelle Bitton, PhD
Senior Research Scientist – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, CA, U.S.A
MR-guided focused ultrasound for cancer & essential tremor treatment, thermal dosimetry using MR PRF thermometry, MR acoustic radiation force imaging.
Rachel Fleming, PhD
Science Leader – Auckland Institute of Environmental Science and Research
Research & development, project management.
Rohit Ramchandra, PhD
Senior Lecturer – Department of Physiology, University of Auckland
Autonomic control of circulation, neural control of heart, sympathetic overactivity in disease, integrative physiology, animal models of heart disease.
Salil Soman, MSc/MD
Clinical Instructor, Neuroradiologist – Harvard University, U.S.A
Neuroradiology & computer science, computer graphics, computing in mathematics, advanced neuroimaging applications, novel image processing and data interpretation in TBI.
Samuel Rosset, PhD
Senior Research Fellow – Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Soft transducers, soft robotics for biomedical applications and mechanotransduction.
Sarah-Jane Guild, PhD
Senior Research Fellow – Department of Physiology, University of Auckland
Cardiovascular physiology, intracranial pressure, optogenetics, implantable devices, hypertension.
Sjoerd Vos, PhD
Lecturer – Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering, University College London, U.K
MRI, neuroimaging, epilepsy, quantitative neuroradiology, surgical planning, image-guided surgery.
Stefan Skare, PhD
Research Team Leader – Karolinska Hospital, Sweden
Advanced MR acquisition, image reconstruction, software development.
Terry Peters, PhD/FIEEE/FRSC
Scientist – Robarts Research Institute, Western University, Canada
Professor Emeritus – Departments of Medical Imaging & Medical Biophysics & Biomedical Engineering, Western University
Image-guided Interventions, image visualization, image analysis, imaging for epilepsy surgery and DBS procedures.
Tracy Melzer, PhD
MRI Research Manager – New Zealand Brain Research Institute
Senior Research Fellow – Department of Medicine, University of Otago
MRI (structural, diffusion, perfusion, functional), metabolic and amyloid PET imaging, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive impairment.
Vickie Shim, PhD
Senior Research Fellow – Auckland Bioengineering Institute
TBI injury mechanisms and preventative and therapeutic solutions.
William Peters, MD
Senior Medical Officer – Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Starship Hospital
Honorary Senior Lecturer – University of Auckland
Cardiac surgery, medical devices, cardiogenesis, congenital heart disease, software for surgical planning.
Scientific & engineering research advisors
Akshay Chaudhari, PhD
Research Scientist – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, U.S.A
Artificial intelligence in medical imaging, rapid and quantitative musculoskeletal MRI, image post-processing and analysis.
Anna-Maria Lydon, DCR(R)/BHSc/PGDipMRI
Charge MR Technologist – Centre for Advanced MRI, University of Auckland
Diagnostic radiology, vascular radiology, cardiovascular imaging, fMRI, angiography.
Daniel Kopeinigg, PhD
Chief Technology Officer – Jaunt, U.S.A
Mathematical modeling, computer vision, machine learning, medical imaging.
Doug King, PhD
Research associate – Auckland University of Technology
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Hutt Valley District Health Board
Sports injury epidemiology, head impact biomechanics, sports-related concussion.
Ellyce Stehlin, PhD
R&D Engineer – MED-EL, Austria
Implantable medical devices, implant-patient-MRI interactions, MRI RF safety, numerical electromagnetics.
Eric Peterson, PhD
Senior Software Engineer – HeartVista, San Francisco, U.S.A
Image reconstruction, image processing and analysis, computer vision, data science, MRI pulse sequence programming.
Eryn Kwon, BEng/BSc
Research Associate – Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Cranial impact injury biomechanics, biomaterial characterisation, computational modelling, physical model fabrication/experimentation, statistical data analysis.
Itamar Terem, MSc
Research Associate – Department of Electrical Engineering & Structural Biology, Stanford University, U.S.A
MRI and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) of the brain, physics, advanced image processing.
Julian Maclaren, PhD
Engineer – Google ATAP, U.S.A
MRI neuroimaging methods, artificial intelligence, computer vision, motion tracking.
Kathleen Gilbert, PhD
Research Fellow – Auckland Bioengineering Institute
MRI cardiac imaging techniques and analysis and shape modelling.
Leo Dang, MSc/MEng
Research Associate – Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging, University of Auckland
Advanced image processing, modeling & 3D printing, biomedical & tissue engineering, electrical & telecommunication engineering, medical devices.
Maged Goubran, PhD
Research Scientist – Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto, Canada
Computational neuroscience, diffusion MRI, computer vision, brain connectomics.
Mahdi Rahimi, PhD
Software Engineer – Facebook, U.S.A
Computer vision, deep learning, rapid imaging, image reconstruction.
Mathias Engström, PhD
MR Product Specialist – GE Healthcare, Sweden
Motion corrected MRI, pulse sequence design, reconstruction, and image processing.
Melvyn Ooi, PhD
MR Clinical Scientist – Philips Healthcare, U.S.A
Novel MRI techniques, pulse sequences, image reconstruction & correction, translational research.
Murat Aksoy, PhD
Research Associate – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, U.S.A
MRI motion detection and correction, diffusion-weighted & diffusion-tensor imaging, advanced image processing & reconstruction.
Natalie Zahr, PhD
Director – Translational Imaging Program, Center for Health Sciences, SRI International, U.S.A
Psychiatry, behavioral sciences, neuroanatomy, MR spectroscopy, in-vivo bio-markers, animal models.
Phillip Ward, PhD
Research Fellow – Turner Institute for Brain & Mental Health, Monash University, Australia
Iron mapping, dynamic PET, functional MRI, physiological modelling of the brain, imaging and segmentation of cerebral veins.
Rafael O’Halloran, PhD
Senior Scientist – 4Catalyzer, U.S.A
MRI physics specializing in diffusion, motion correction, sequence programming, reconstruction.
Ronald Watkins, AAS/AOS
Senior Research Associate, Electrical Engineer – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, U.S.A
Electronics & hardware for medical imaging and therapeutics, MRI, Ultrasound, PET imaging.
Ross Keenan, MB ChB
Consultant Neuroradiologist – New Zealand Brain Research Institute
Diagnostic radiology, neurodegenerative diseases, functional MRI, MR spectroscopy, cognitive neuroscience.
Sergei Obruchkov, PhD
Engineer – Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington
MRI systems engineering, RF and console electronics, in-vivo MR spectroscopy and relaxometry, portable MR devices for ischaemic tissue injury detection and monitoring.
Wei Bian, PhD
Chief Scientist – Alltech Medical Systems, China
MRI pulse programming, image reconstruction, MRI with susceptibility contrast, MRI for brain tumor & neurodegenerative diseases, automated radiotherapy target volume contouring using MRI.