Biomedical Imaging & Technology

Summary of the Program

The Biomedical Imaging & Technology program trains doctoral candidates in the area of in vivo imaging, with an emphasis on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The program is designed for a select group of students with strong backgrounds in physics, chemistry and/or engineering, and a desire to apply their skills in the radiological and biomedical sciences. An individually tailored program of study is designed for each student, specific to his or her undergraduate background and research interests. Throughout the program, students participate actively in research seminars and a journal club in which graduate students present their own research as well as that from the current literature and laboratory group meetings.

Program Director: Daniel Turnbull, Ph.D
Graduate Advisor: Riccardo Lattanzi, Ph.D


The curriculum starts with coursework to provide a strong background in the fundamentals and more advanced MRI methods, as well as a firm foundation in modern biomedical sciences through a set of required and elective courses tailored to strengthen the student's background in areas most relevant to their chosen research area. Most of the coursework is completed during the first academic year, during which time the students also gain their initial research experience through a series of lab "rotations". The lab rotations will be primarily with faculty members in the program, but students are also encouraged to rotate in other New York University (NYU) labs to broaden their experience. After completing the first year courses and lab rotations, students select a faculty supervisor for thesis research beginning in the second academic year. At the end of the second year, the student writes a proposal on their thesis topic, and defends their proposal in an oral exam. After passing the qualification oral, the student proceeds to work on their thesis research, guided by committees composed of faculty in the program, and other faculty with expertise in the student's research area. After completion of all required coursework and a successful thesis defense, students will be awarded a doctoral degree by the Graduate School of Arts & Science of NYU.

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Course Work
  Year Fall Spring
  Year 1 Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology 1 Practical MRI I
Fundamental Concepts in MRI Medical Imaging
Scientific Methods: Survival Techniques Ethics Course
  Year 2 Practical MRI II Advanced MRI
Introduction to Tissues and Organ Systems Seminar in Biomedical Imaging
Seminar in Biomedical Imaging Elective
Grant Writing

Qualifications Examination

  Year 3 Tutorial in Biomedical Imaging Tutorial in Biomedical Imaging
Seminar in Biomedical Imaging Seminar in Biomedical Imaging
Research in Biomedical Imaging Research in Biomedical Imaging
  Years 4-6 Seminar in Biomedical Imaging Seminar in Biomedical Imaging
Research in Biomedical Imaging Defend Ph.D. Thesis
Main Research Areas
  • MRI acquisition and analysis methods for cardiac imaging.
  • High field parallel MRI for body and cardiac imaging
  • Rapid MRI, compressed sensing MRI
  • Interactions between electromagnetic fields and human tissue in MRI.
  • RF coil design.
  • Parallel MR transmission and hardware development for ultra-high field MRI.
  • In-vivo PET/MRI.
  • MR spectroscopy techniques for multiple sclerosis, brain trauma and other neurological disorders.
  • MR neuroimaging methods for multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury
  • Diffusion-weighted MRI
  • Cancer imaging.
  • Functional imaging in post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sodium MRI.
  • Multi-nuclear MRI methods for musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Translational neuroscience.
  • EEG, MEG and fMRI in epilepsy and pre-surgical planning
  • MR and ultrasound micro-imaging of neural and cardiovascular development in transgenic mice.


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Philanthropic Support

We gratefully acknowledge generous support for radiology research at NYU Langone Health from:
• The Big George Foundation
• Raymond and Beverly Sackler
• Bernard and Irene Schwartz

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