T32 Program Potential Projects

T32 Project Description

Advanced Abdominal Imaging (including the gastrointestinal and genitourinary racts)

UCSF has an international reputation for advanced Abdominal Imaging, its highlights include prostate MR spectroscopy, contrast agents and virtual colonoscopy.

T32 projects: Abdominal Imaging Research

John Kurhanewicz, PhD
Prostate MR spectroscopy, hyperpolarized MR Imaging

Antonio Westphalen, MD
Prostate imaging

Benjamin Yeh, MD
Contrast agents


Musculoskeletal Imaging Research

Musculoskeletal Imaging Research is performed in close collaboration with Orthopedic Surgery, Epidemiology, Endocrinology and Rheumatology. It focuses on metabolic bone disease, inflammatory and degenerative arthropathies and degenerative spine disease.

T32 Projects: Musculoskeletal Imaging Research

Thomas M. Link, MD, PhD
Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, cartilage imaging, bone HIFU

Sharmila Majumdar, PhD
Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, cartilage imaging, bone HIFU

Richard Souza, PhD
Cartilage imaging and physical activity

Neuroradiology Research

Research in Neuroradiology covers a whole spectrum of diseases and ranges from Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumors to traumatic brain injury and pediatric brain disease.

Jim Barkovich, MD
Pediatric brain disease

Soonmee Cha, MD
Brain tumors

Cynthia Chin, MD
Spine imaging and interventions

Daniel Cooke, MD
Neuro interventional radiology

Bill Dillon, MD
HIFU and spine interventions

Dieter Meyerhoff, PhD
Substance abuse and brain dysfunction

Van Halbach, MD
Neuro interventional radiology

Christopher Hess, MD, PhD
Pediatrics, neurodegenerative diseases

Steve Hetts, MD
Neuro interventional radiology

Randall Higashida, MD
Neuro interventional radiology

Pratik Mukherjee, MD
Traumatic brain injury, cognitive neuroimaging, DTI

Sarah Nelson, PhD
Brain tumors

David Saloner, PhD
Neurovascular imaging

Norbert Schuff, PhD
Parkinson's disease and neuroimaging of neurodegenerative disease

Michael Weiner, MD
Alzheimer’s disease

David Wilson, MD, PhD
C-13 MR spectroscopy, Neuro Pet imaging


Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging


Multiple projects in developing methods for incorporating PET-CT into radiation treatment planning for cancers of the lung, prostate, head and neck.These projects are currently being conducted in cooperation with the UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology and will allow the post-doctoral trainee to develop expertise in the clinical and physics aspects of both nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

Radioimmunotherapy projects investigating the use of radiolabeled antibodies in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.These projects will be conducted in cooperation with UCSF Oncology and will provide the post-doctoral trainee with expertise in the planning and dosimetry of radioimmunotherapy as well as the opportunity to perform research related to this cutting-edge technology.

Projects investigating the use of PET-CT in determining response to chemo- and/or radiation - therapy.These projects will allow the post-doctoral trainee to gain experience in various quantitative aspects of PET imaging and to interact closely with colleagues in UCSF Oncology.

Miguel Pampaloni, MD
PET in Oncology

Carina Mari Aparici, MD
Cardiology, PET

MR-guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

MR-guided HIFU was recently installed at UCSF and is used for treatment of uterine fibroids and bone tumors. It can be used for treatment of prostate tumors and spine facet arthropathy.

William Dillon, MD
HIFU and spine interventions

Maureen Kohi, MD
Fibroid treatment

Matthew Bucknor, MD

Sharmila Majumdar, PhD
Bone, Spine

Viola Rieke, PhD 
Technique Development