Myriam Chaumeil, PhD

Assistant Professor


I am an Assistant Professor in residence in the departments of Physiological Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, and Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF since 2016. My lab focuses on preclinically developing and biologically validating hyperpolarized 13C methods for in vivo measurement of brain metabolism, in physiological and pathological conditions. We have a particular interest  in expanding the use of MR metabolic imaging to the study of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation using preclinical models of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). While our main field of expertise is preclinical imaging, our ultimate goal is to have a positive impact on healthcare, designing imaging solutions aiming at refining diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic regimen in a patient-specific way. 


Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014 - Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco
Ph.D. in Medical Physics, 2008 - Medicine, NeuroSpin
Engineer Degree, 2005 - Paris Technology, ESPCI
Master of Science, 2005 - Medicine, University of Orsay, Paris XI

Honors and Awards

Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research, Conrad Hilton Foundation, 2017-2019
David Mahoney Neuroimaging Grant, The Dana Foundation, 2017-2019
Cal-BRAIN Pilot Award, California Brain Initiative, 2015-2017
Bruce Hasegawa Award For Excellence in Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, 2013
Margaret H. Surbeck - Young Investigator Award - 2nd place, UCSF, 2013
Junior Fellow of the Society, ISMRM, 2012
Margaret H. Surbeck - Young Investigator Award - 3rd place, UCSF, 2012
Margaret H. Surbeck - Young Investigator Award - 1st place, UCSF, 2011
Post-doctoral Fellowship In Basic Science, American Brain Tumor Association, 2010-2012
William Negendank Award for Excellence in Cancer Imaging, ISMRM, 2010
Ph.D. Fellowship, French Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2005-2008


Nolan A, Hennessy E, Krukowski K, Guglielmetti C, Chaumeil M, Sohal VS, Rosi S. Repeated mild head injury leads to wide ranging deficits in higher order cognitive functions associated with the prefrontal cortex. J Neurotrauma. 2018 May 05.
Guglielmetti C, Chou A, Krukowski K, Najac C, Feng X, Riparip LK, Rosi S, Chaumeil MM. In vivo metabolic imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury. Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 13; 7(1):17525.
Guglielmetti C, Najac C, Didonna A, Van der Linden A, Ronen SM, Chaumeil MM. Hyperpolarized 13C MR metabolic imaging can detect neuroinflammation in vivo in a multiple sclerosis murine model. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Aug 15; 114(33):E6982-E6991.
Najac C, Chaumeil MM, Kohanbash G, Guglielmetti C, Gordon JW, Okada H, Ronen SM. Detection of inflammatory cell function using (13)C magnetic resonance spectroscopy of hyperpolarized [6-(13)C]-arginine. Sci Rep. 2016 08 10; 6:31397.
Chaumeil MM, Radoul M, Najac C, Eriksson P, Viswanath P, Blough MD, Chesnelong C, Luchman HA, Cairncross JG, Ronen SM. Hyperpolarized (13)C MR imaging detects no lactate production in mutant IDH1 gliomas: Implications for diagnosis and response monitoring. Neuroimage Clin. 2016; 12:180-9.
Reed GD, von Morze C, Verkman AS, Koelsch BL, Chaumeil MM, Lustig M, Ronen SM, Bok RA, Sands JM, Larson PE, Wang ZJ, Larsen JH, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Imaging Renal Urea Handling in Rats at Millimeter Resolution using Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance Relaxometry. Tomography. 2016 Jun; 2(2):125-135.
Viswanath P, Chaumeil MM, Ronen SM. Molecular Imaging of Metabolic Reprograming in Mutant IDH Cells. Front Oncol. 2016; 6:60.
Radoul M, Chaumeil MM, Eriksson P, Wang AS, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. MR Studies of Glioblastoma Models Treated with Dual PI3K/mTOR Inhibitor and Temozolomide:Metabolic Changes Are Associated with Enhanced Survival. Mol Cancer Ther. 2016 05; 15(5):1113-22.
Chaumeil MM, Lupo JM, Ronen SM. Magnetic Resonance (MR) Metabolic Imaging in Glioma. Brain Pathol. 2015 Nov; 25(6):769-80.
Chaumeil MM, Najac C, Ronen SM. Studies of Metabolism Using (13)C MRS of Hyperpolarized Probes. Methods Enzymol. 2015; 561:1-71.
Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Viswanath P, Eriksson P, Cai L, Radoul M, Chaumeil MM, Blough M, Luchman HA, Weiss S, Cairncross JG, Phillips JJ, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. IDH1 Mutation Induces Reprogramming of Pyruvate Metabolism. Cancer Res. 2015 Aug 01; 75(15):2999-3009.
Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Viswanath P, Eriksson P, Chaumeil MM, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Metabolic reprogramming in mutant IDH1 glioma cells. PLoS One. 2015; 10(2):e0118781.
Park I, Mukherjee J, Ito M, Chaumeil MM, Jalbert LE, Gaensler K, Ronen SM, Nelson SJ, Pieper RO. Changes in pyruvate metabolism detected by magnetic resonance imaging are linked to DNA damage and serve as a sensor of temozolomide response in glioblastoma cells. Cancer Res. 2014 Dec 01; 74(23):7115-24.
Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Cai LM, Chaumeil MM, Eriksson P, Robinson AE, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Glioma cells with the IDH1 mutation modulate metabolic fractional flux through pyruvate carboxylase. PLoS One. 2014; 9(9):e108289.
Koelsch BL, Reed GD, Keshari KR, Chaumeil MM, Bok R, Ronen SM, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PEZ. Rapid in vivo apparent diffusion coefficient mapping of hyperpolarized (13) C metabolites. Magn Reson Med. 2015 Sep; 74(3):622-633.
Chaumeil MM, Larson PE, Woods SM, Cai L, Eriksson P, Robinson AE, Lupo JM, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Hyperpolarized [1-13C] glutamate: a metabolic imaging biomarker of IDH1 mutational status in glioma. Cancer Res. 2014 Aug 15; 74(16):4247-57.
Chesnelong C, Chaumeil MM, Blough MD, Al-Najjar M, Stechishin OD, Chan JA, Pieper RO, Ronen SM, Weiss S, Luchman HA, Cairncross JG. Lactate dehydrogenase A silencing in IDH mutant gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2014 May; 16(5):686-95.
Jahangiri A, De Lay M, Miller LM, Carbonell WS, Hu YL, Lu K, Tom MW, Paquette J, Tokuyasu TA, Tsao S, Marshall R, Perry A, Bjorgan KM, Chaumeil MM, Ronen SM, Bergers G, Aghi MK. Gene expression profile identifies tyrosine kinase c-Met as a targetable mediator of antiangiogenic therapy resistance. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Apr 01; 19(7):1773-83.
Chaumeil MM, Larson PE, Yoshihara HA, Danforth OM, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Non-invasive in vivo assessment of IDH1 mutational status in glioma. Nat Commun. 2013; 4:2429.
Chaumeil MM, Gini B, Yang H, Iwanami A, Sukumar S, Ozawa T, Pieper RO, Mischel PS, James CD, Berger MS, Ronen SM. Longitudinal evaluation of MPIO-labeled stem cell biodistribution in glioblastoma using high resolution and contrast-enhanced MR imaging at 14.1 tesla. Neuro Oncol. 2012 Aug; 14(8):1050-61.
Chaumeil MM, Valette J, Baligand C, Brouillet E, Hantraye P, Bloch G, Gaura V, Rialland A, Krystkowiak P, Verny C, Damier P, Remy P, Bachoud-Levi AC, Carlier P, Lebon V. pH as a biomarker of neurodegeneration in Huntington's disease: a translational rodent-human MRS study. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2012 May; 32(5):771-9.
Venkatesh HS, Chaumeil MM, Ward CS, Haas-Kogan DA, James CD, Ronen SM. Reduced phosphocholine and hyperpolarized lactate provide magnetic resonance biomarkers of PI3K/Akt/mTOR inhibition in glioblastoma. Neuro Oncol. 2012 Mar; 14(3):315-25.
Chaumeil MM, Ozawa T, Park I, Scott K, James CD, Nelson SJ, Ronen SM. Hyperpolarized 13C MR spectroscopic imaging can be used to monitor Everolimus treatment in vivo in an orthotopic rodent model of glioblastoma. Neuroimage. 2012 Jan 02; 59(1):193-201.
Ward CS, Venkatesh HS, Chaumeil MM, Brandes AH, Vancriekinge M, Dafni H, Sukumar S, Nelson SJ, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J, James CD, Haas-Kogan DA, Ronen SM. Noninvasive detection of target modulation following phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibition using hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Cancer Res. 2010 Feb 15; 70(4):1296-305.
Chaumeil MM, Valette J, Guillermier M, Brouillet E, Boumezbeur F, Herard AS, Bloch G, Hantraye P, Lebon V. Multimodal neuroimaging provides a highly consistent picture of energy metabolism, validating 31P MRS for measuring brain ATP synthesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Mar 10; 106(10):3988-93.
Valette J, Chaumeil M, Guillermier M, Bloch G, Hantraye P, Lebon V. Diffusion-weighted NMR spectroscopy allows probing of 13C labeling of glutamate inside distinct metabolic compartments in the brain. Magn Reson Med. 2008 Aug; 60(2):306-11.
Nadrigny F, Rivals I, Hirrlinger PG, Koulakoff A, Personnaz L, Vernet M, Allioux M, Chaumeil M, Ropert N, Giaume C, Kirchhoff F, Oheim M. Detecting fluorescent protein expression and co-localisation on single secretory vesicles with linear spectral unmixing. Eur Biophys J. 2006 Aug; 35(6):533-47.