Preclinical MRI

Preclinical MRI Center

We provide imaging support for biomedical research. We encourage a wide range of collaborations between groups to explore new imaging techniques, novel imaging contrast agents, or new applications in various research fields. 

State-of-the-art animal scanner: 

  • Bruker 7.0 Tesla MRI 

Supportive infrastructure: 

  • Peripheral equipment for necessary support for anesthesia, physiological monitoring, and stimulus presentations 
  • Machine shop and RF electronics shop

Our imaging expertise includes: 

  • T1, T2, and spin-density structural MRI
  • Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI)
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Blood flow with arterial spin labeling (ASL)
  • Susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI)
  • Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE)
  • Calibrated BOLD fMRI
  • Fat imaging
  • Metabolic imaging
  • MR spectroscopy (MRS)

We collaborate closely to study a range of diseases, including 

  • Stroke
  • Cancer (Breast, Neuro, Liver, Pancreas, etc.)
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • TBI

We also apply imaging technologies to evaluate innovative treatment strategies. In addition to MRI, we also have expertise in behavioral measures, functional outcome measures, image analysis, and immunohistology. 

Eric Muir, PhD, leads the Neurologic and Ophthalmic MRI Laboratory
Zhao (John) Jiang PhD, leads the Stroke, TBI, and Cancer Imaging Laboratory