Staff Scientists and Fellows

Neil J. Stewart, PhD

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


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.