Staff Scientists and Fellows

Neil J. Stewart, PhD

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ERS Research Fellow (with University of Sheffield, UK)

Neil is an European Respiratory Society (ERS) Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellow on a joint post with the CPIR and the POLARIS group at the University of Sheffield, UK. He obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2016 and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Hokkaido University, Japan, prior to joining the CPIR.

Nara Higano, PhD

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Research Associate (Staff Scientist)

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.