Biomedical Imaging


Biomedical Imaging trains doctoral candidates in the area of biomedical imaging with an emphasis on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (MRI). It is designed primarily for a select group of students with strong backgrounds in physics, chemistry, engineering, and a desire to apply their skills in the biological and biomedical sciences. The curriculum includes hands-on practical courses, which covers the whole lifecycle of MR imaging data, from MR pulse sequence programming and radio frequency (RF) coil construction, to image reconstruction and processing. Throughout the program, students participate actively in research seminars and a journal club in which students present their own research as well as that from the current literature and laboratory group meetings.

Students have the opportunity to collaborate in cutting-edge research projects in various areas, including MR image reconstruction, ultra-high field MRI, parallel MR transmission, musculoskeletal MRI, multinuclear MRI, diffusion MRI, neuroimaging, MR spectroscopy, in vivo PET-MRI, MR engineering, CT radiation dose reduction, ultrasound and molecular imaging. Facilities include a newly renovated and fully equipped RF engineering laboratory, two whole-body 3 Tesla MR scanners (with 64 and 128 receive channels), a 7 Tesla whole-body MR scanner with a 32-channel parallel transmit system, a whole-body MR-PET scanner (Siemens Biograph mMR) for simultaneous PET and MRI, and one 7 Tesla small animal scanner. A new state-of-the-art radiochemistry laboratory for MR-PET research will become operational in 2015. Students also benefit from the strong inter-departmental relationships enjoyed by members of the Department of Radiology, which allows combining clinical excellence with basic and translational research.



Daniel Turnbull
Daniel Turnbull, PhD
Program Director
Professor of Radiology and Pathology
Riccardo Lattanzi, PhD
Graduate Advisor
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sample Courses

  • Fundamental Concepts in MRI
  • Advanced MRI
  • Medical Imaging Systems
  • Practical MRI I
  • Practical MRI II
  • Introduction to Tissues & Organ Systems
  • Tutorial in Biomedical Imaging
  • Seminar in Biomedical Imaging
  • Grant Writing
  • Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Recommended Elective Courses

  • Computers in Medicine & Biology
  • Molecular Mechanisms in Biology
  • Advanced Tissues & Organ Systems
  • Functional MRI Lab
  • Mathematics of Medical Imaging

Qualifying Exam 

When: Fall Year 2

  • Written: Thesis proposal describing the research project you intend to pursue for PhD studies, written in consultation with advisor. Submitted to committee and Program Director on or before September 1 of Year 2 (*Year 1 for MD/PhD students). Written in NIH format and no more than 25 double-spaced pages. Preliminary data should be included if available, but focus should be on research and soundness of approach.
  • Oral: Defense of written thesis proposal; typically 90-120 mins (presentation + questions)