Dr. Mitchell Albert
LU/TBRRI Research Chair Professor
Dr. Mitchell Albert is the Lakehead University/Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute Research Chair, Professor in the Lakehead University Department of Chemistry, and Adjunct Professor in the Lakehead University of Physics, Biotechnology, Biology, and Health Sciences. He is a specialist in the field of hyperpolarized (HP) noble gas MRI, a technology that he co-invented as a graduate student at Stony Brook University. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Albert joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and following Harvard he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Albert joined TBRRI and Lakehead University in Spring 2011.
Dr. Albert's primary research focus is on applying HP helium-3 and HP xenon-129 MRI to image ventilation function in the airways and alveoli of the lungs. In addition, his group has been developing the following innovative imaging technologies: (1) HP xenon-129 functional MRI (xenon fMRI) of the brain; (2) HP xenon fMRI of stroke and traumatic brain injury; (3) HP xenon biosensor MR imaging of breast tumours; (4) HP xenon biosensor MRI for early detection of lung cancer; and (5) HP xenon biosensor MRI for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Albert received the 1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Clinton, and the NSF Career Award in 2001 for his work with HP gas MRI.
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