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Laura Walkup, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine  

Dr. Walkup received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2013 from Southern Illinois University where her dissertation work focused on the physics and production of hyperpolarized xenon-129 gas for magnetic-resonance applications.  She is currently a NIH K99-supported Research Associate in the Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research.  Her research focuses on all aspects of hyperpolarized-gas MRI research, including the design and construction of a xenon polarizer for pediatric pulmonary imaging.

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Zackary Cleveland, PhD

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Assistant Professor,
Pulmonary Medicine and Radiology

Zack Cleveland recently joined CCHMC from Duke University where he was a staff scientist in the Department of Radiology. His reseawrch interest is centered on developing magnetic resonance-based imaging techniques to visualize lung structure and function in humans and in small animal models of disease and injury. A particular focus of his research has been on visualizing ventilation and diffusive gas uptake using hyperpolarized (HP) 129Xe MRI.

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Jason C. Woods, PhD

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Director,
Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research
Professor,
Pulmonary Medicine and Radiology
UC Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Woods’ research interests lie at the intersection of hyperpolarized-gases, Pulmonary Medicine, and Radiology; this research involves multiple projects where MRI is used to measure regional lung function, microstructure and physiology. He began his career at Washington University, where he helped lead multiple team projects related to lung imaging, lung biology, and minimally-invasive image-guided interventions for COPD.

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