Building non-invasive, quantitative, and integrative physiological imaging for molecular medicine: Bioengineering Department Seminar

Seminar | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Moriel Vandsburger, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Novel treatments that are under development for heart failure, metabolic disorders, kidney disease, and other debilitating illnesses generally target specific molecular and cellular mechanisms of action. However, assessment of such treatments is often complicated by the lack of easily measurable blood biomarkers, and a reliance upon repeated tissue biopsy. My primary research interest is in using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a platform technology for non-invasive and multiplexed molecular imaging in heart and kidney failure. Using a first principles approach, I seek to unify changes in myocardial and kidney MRI physics properties with advanced pulse sequence design and analysis in order to enable integrative physiological imaging that both identifies mechanisms of failure earlier than existing diagnostics, and directly measures the impacts of new therapies on their intended therapeutic targets.

 preynolds@berkeley.edu, 510-642-5833