Bioimaging Science Research

The Division of Bioimaging Sciences

The Division of Bioimaging Sciences brings together engineers, physicists, biologists and chemists engaged in the development of methodology for the examination of biological structure and function through imaging. Research in the Division encompasses magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, nuclear medicine and image processing and analysis.

Bioimaging Science Division:

Bioimaging Sciences found itself in the spotlight in April 2002, when the newly established National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) awarded its first research grant to Yale and two other institutions. As a member of a team that includes the University of Minnesota and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yale will receive $7.1 million over five years for the development of advanced imaging techniques for the treatment of neocortical epilepsy.

Bioimaging Sciences faculty direct or play a key role in two major Centers that house much of the imaging equipment used for research:

Scientific Centers

The Yale Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC)

The Yale Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) was founded in 1986 as a result of the recognition that NMR applications, as pioneered by Yale scientists, have enormous potential in biomedical research. The MRRC is now an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research laboratory that provides state-of-the-art MR equipment, infrastructure and expertise for the development and application of MRI and MRS methodology in biomedical research. Research is focused on the study of intact biological systems by developing methods for obtaining structural, functional, physiological and biochemical information by MRI, MRS and other techniques. Applications include fMRI for neurosurgery and neuroscience, brain, muscle and liver energy metabolism, diabetes, adult and juvenile epilepsy and psychiatric disorders. Drs. Doug Rothman and Todd Constable serve as co-Directors of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC)

The PET Center

The PET Center, is on the campus of the Yale University School of Medicine, and houses a CTI HRRT and a CTI HR+ PET scanners along with a cyclotron, a radiochemistry laboratory and a physics/modeling laboratory. The focus from participating faculty in the Bioimaging Sciences Division is the development of new radiotracers for use in a variety of applications, including tracking drug delivery systems and the mathematics and physics of delivering accurate information about metabolism and function. Richard Carson, PhD serves as Director of the PET Center.

Interventional Oncology

Other Research Programs

Postdoc & Graduate Research

Positions for graduate study are funded through individual faculty research grants as well as training grants to the section. Graduate students are typically admitted to programs in Engineering and Applied Science (Biomedical Engineering) or other related fields through the Yale Graduate School and follow a course of study that will complement their research activities within the section. Members of the section teach a number of courses that are part of these offerings, including: Physical and Chemical Basis of Biosensing, Physics of Medical Imaging and Digital Image Processing.

Post-doctoral trainees primarily perform focused research in collaboration with their faculty advisors in the section, but can also take advantage of course offerings through the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine.

For more information on Bioimaging Sciences Educational Opportunities: go to Web site.