Clinical and Research Fellows

Nara Higano, PhD

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Research Fellow

Nara received her PhD in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 and is now a research fellow in the CPIR. Her current research investigates novel developments and translation applications of 1H ultrashort echo-time (UTE) MRI and hyperpolarized gas MRI in order to characterize cardio-respiratory structure and function in neonates born extremely preterm and/or with congenital respiratory abnormalities. This work aims to relate early life MRI biomarkers to later clinical outcomes in these young pediatric populations.

Laura Walkup, PhD

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Research Associate

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.