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Ripla Arora

Ripla Arora is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology within the College of Human Medicine and is the Chief of the Division of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology in the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on embryo uterine interactions at the time of implantation and uterine development. 

David Zhu

Dr. Zhu started magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research in 1995 under Dr. Michael Buonocore at University of California Davis when he was in graduate school. He developed high-resolution echo planar imaging, arterial spin labeling and phase contrast pulse sequences, and associated analytical techniques for clinical applications. Dr. Zhu joined GE Healthcare in 2000 after he completed his PhD. He worked on various MR methodology developments, including fast spin echo imaging and fast volumetric imaging. He also participated in the development of the new EXCITE MR system.

Chunqi Qian

Dr. Qian received his Ph.D. (2007) from the University of California, Berkeley and B.S. (2002) from Nanjing University, China. His research focuses on the development of advanced detection technologies for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and for biosensors in general. These detection technologies are subsequently utilized to evaluate the efficacy of various therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular, kidney and neurodegenerative diseases.

Erik M. Shapiro

The research emphasis of the Molecular and Cellular Imaging Laboratory (MCIL) is generally focused on developing and using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) for molecular and cellular imaging of biological phenomena, regenerative medicine and early detection of disease. Working at the intersection of chemistry, physics and biology, my laboratory has four main chemical engineering cores. The first is the development of novel clinically viable nanoparticle contrast agents for MRI.

Kurt Zinn

MSU Departments:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology

Kurt R. Zinn, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry (B.A) at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC), followed by veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) and graduate education at UMC where he earned M.S. (Chemistry) and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) degrees.  He joined the UAB Radiology faculty in 1995 after 9 years as a scientist at the UMC Research Reactor where he developed methods for producing high specific activity radionuclides, including Cu-64.