MSBI Graduate Students

The MSBI program is a course of study intended for students with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering who wish to master biomedical imaging. The program is initially focused on imaging foundations and then evolves to be more focused on medical applications of imaging. MSBI students also have the opportunity to perform independent research, with the popular thesis option to the program.

Where are They Now?


MSBI alum Kiersten SnyderKiersten Snyder
Undergrad degree: Health Science (St. Mary’s College)
MSBI class year: 2016
Current Position: First year medical student
Long term goals: Physician and clinical researcher

How did the MSBI program impact your career path?

The UCSF MSBI program well-prepared me for a future in medicine.  The MSBI courses and clinical electives gave top-quality instruction and laboratory experiences.  Knowledge and experience regarding the clinical and research applications of advanced biomedical imaging is pertinent in all fields of medicine, and I look forward to utilizing these skills in medical school and as a future physician.

Who would you recommend the MSBI program to?

I would recommend the MSBI program to anyone interested in pursuing a career in medicine, clinical research, or a bioengineering PhD program.  


MSBI alum Elizabeth LiElizabeth Li
Undergrade degree: Math Applied Science-Medical/Life Sciences (UCLA)
MSBI class year: 2015
Current Position: Clinical Imaging Specialist, on site at Genentech, Inc.
Long term goals: I hope to remain in the field of clinical imaging research. I plan to return to graduate school and pursue a professional degree related to biomedical imaging. 

How did the MSBI program impact your career path?

The MSBI program has allowed me to apply my undergraduate experiences in a whole new way. Through the program, I have expanded problem-solving abilities by integrating the hard sciences with biology. It has given me the opportunity to connect with and learn from experts in the imaging research community. Because of the program, I was able to gain valuable experience working in both academic and industry settings.

Who would you recommend the MSBI program to?

I would recommend the MSBI program to those who are interested in clinical research. As a one year program, it provides a broad, albeit intense exploration of the theory and applications of various imaging modalities in a variety of disease areas. It is a great program for anyone interested in exploring medical imaging from a bioengineering perspective. 


MSBI alumn Yi-Shin ChangYi-Shin Chang
Undergrad degree: BSE in Biomedical Engineering (Duke University)
MSBI class year: 2013
Current Position: MD, PhD student at University of Illinois in Chicago
Long term goals: To become a physician-scientist, with my clinical knowledge informing the hypotheses and goals of my research, and my research helping me to be a better clinician.

How did the MSBI program impact your career path?

Through the MSBI program, I discovered the exciting and cutting-edge field of neuroimaging research, and gained knowledge and skills that allowed me to be highly productive under my thesis advisor, Dr. Pratik Mukherjee. The program and my research further reinforced my interest in medicine, and led to my present path of academic medicine.

Who would you recommend the MSBI program to?

I recommend the MSBI program to individuals who are interested in using engineering or computational methods in order to better the human condition, whether through hardware or software development, or by using and developing computational techniques to better characterize, monitor, and treat disease.


MSBI alum Aditi GuhaAditi Guha
Undergrad degree: BS, Biology
MSBI class year: 2011-2012
Current Position: Research Professional, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford Health Care
Long term goals: To make a meaningful impact and improve quality of life of people locally and globally through research

How did the MSBI program impact your career path?

The program gave me an opportunity to learn from the best who are experts in their field. It is an enriching experience overall that sets you up for success!

Who would you recommend the MSBI program to?

Anyone who is interested in the exciting field of biomedical imaging irrespective of their background!


MSBI Alum Farshid FarajiFarshid Faraji
Undergrad degree: BA Molecular & Cell Biology (UC Berkeley)
MSBI class year: Class of 2012
Current Position: Assistant Research Specialist at the Vascular Imaging Research Center (SFVAMC/UCSF), Contractor for Clinical Imaging Group at Genentech
Long term goals: Starting medical school in the fall of 2016 at UIC, hope to pursue academic/industry imaging research after completion of medical degree. My future potential fields of interest include radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, etc.

How did the MSBI program impact your career path?

MSBI introduced me to a rapidly growing field of science and technology that I knew little about previously. I gained a great breadth and depth of knowledge in medical image acquisition and analysis, made networking connections with leaders in the field of radiology and biomedical imaging, and was presented with opportunities that were not previously available to me. Although I'm soon pursuing a medical degree , I see myself returning to the field of biomedical imaging, whether it be through research, education, industry collaboration, or clinical practice.

Who would you recommend the MSBI program to?

I recommend the program to those who are interested in science for the sake of science, those who want to push the boundaries of technology, and those students who wish to push themselves academically and challenge the limits of their mental abilities. Those who participate in the program will not regret their decision, because students have endless resources by way of top-notch facilities and world-class faculty.