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Alexander Cochran

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Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

Alex is an M.S. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, with specializations in biomaterials and polymers. His research at CCHMC is focused on preclinical studies involving diffusion MRI with hyperpolarized xenon-129 gas. Outside of school and his work at Children’s, Alex can often be found glued to the nearest screen playing the Cleveland Indians.

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Robert Thomen, PhD

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Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia

He recieved his PhD in Physics from Washington University in St Louis. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Creighton University doing research in biophysics and optics. His current research concentration at Cincinnati Children's stretches across the fields of MRI physics, pulmonary medicine, and hyperpolarized gasses. His projects include xenon-129 MRI in severe asthma, characterization of normal airways in pediatrics, and neonatal imaging using helium-3.

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