Douglas Befroy, DPhil

Visiting Research Scientist in Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Research Scientist in Medicine (Endocrinology)


Dr. Befroy obtained a BA in Chemistry from the University of Oxford where a research project, investigating ion uptake in plants, stimulated his interest in biological Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS). He remained at Oxford, for post-graduate study, and received a D.Phil in Biochemistry/Physiology. His doctoral thesis studied the application of MRS to investigate physiological events during cardiac ischemia. Doug joined Dr. Gerald Shulman’s lab as a post-doctoral fellow, in 2000, investigating the applications of MRS to study the effects of type 2 diabetes, aging and exercise on muscle and liver metabolism. He was appointed a Research Scientist in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology in 2010. His current research interests involve the development of novel MRS methods to investigate muscle, liver and heart metabolism in vivo.

Education & Training

DPhil University of Oxford (2000)
MA University of Oxford (1998)
BA University of Oxford (1996)
Postdoctoral Fellow Yale Univeristy

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Douglas Befroy, DPhil
Mailing Address
Diagnostic RadiologyPO Box 208043
TAC N142

New Haven, CT 06520-8043

Magnetic Resonance Research Center