Lab Member

Adam Autry

Adam Autry, PhD
Specialist
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After obtaining his PhD in Bioengineering from the Joint Graduate Program at UC Berkeley/UCSF, under the mentorship of Sarah J Nelson, Dr. Autry joined the Li Lab to continue research characterizing molecular markers of malignant brain tumors. His current work focuses on real-time imaging of in vivo metabolism in adults with infiltrating gliomas using the technique of hyperpolarized carbon-13 (HP-13C) MRI, which probes glycolytic and oxidative phosphorylation pathways by means of injectable tracers whose magnetization has been transiently enhanced via specialized instrumentation. As part of this effort, he has pursued optimizing HP-13C data acquisition methods involving atlas-based prescriptions for serial imaging studies and investigated features of aberrant metabolism in progressive glioma based on the modeling of [1-13C] pyruvate kinetics.


Sana Vaziri

Sana Vaziri, PhD
Research Data Analyst
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Dr. Vaziri is interested in developing advanced processing methods for metabolic imaging (proton MR spectroscopy and hyperpolarized carbon-13) and analyzing multimodal imaging data to improve the evaluation of patients with glioma. She also works on developing AI-based methods to process and analyze MR spectroscopic data.


Zhongjie Wang

Zhongjie Wang, PhD
Specialist
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Dr. Wang recently joined Dr. Li’s laboratory. He works on evaluating patients with autism, brain tumors, and healthy controls using hyperpolarized carbon-13 MRI, perfusion-weighted imaging, and resting state fMRI.


Marisa Lafontaine

Marisa Lafontaine, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Marisa works on consenting patients, acquiring advanced imaging data for research studies and clinical trials, data transfer, post-processing, and analyzing MR data. Marisa works on consenting patients, acquiring advanced imaging data for research studies and clinical trials, data transfer, post-processing, and analyzing MR data.


Wendy Ma

Wendy Ma, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Wendy prepares and organizes documentation and files pertaining to the research projects, consents patients, and coordinates patient scans in Dr. Li’s lab.


Maria Baida

Maria Baida, MD, MS
Staff Research Assistant
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Maria completed her MS in Biomedical Imaging at UCSF and then joined Dr. Li’s lab. Her current research is focused on processing and analyzing MR data from individuals with ASD.

 


Xin Mu, MD, MS
Staff Research Assistant
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Dr. Mu focuses on recruiting and consenting patients for hyperpolarized carbon-13 MRI studies and imaging data analysis.