OUR TEAM

ACADEMIC STAFF

Associate Professor Leigh Johnston

A/Prof Johnston is a member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering within the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Her primary research focus is medical imaging, in particular Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Leigh holds an honorary appointment at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, where she is Head of the Animal MRI facility. She is also a member of the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit, with research programs utilising the Siemens 7T and Siemens PET/CT clinical systems on the Parkville campus. Leigh’s expertise in MRI spans from acquisition sequences to image analysis and applications. Prior to her appointment at The University of Melbourne, Leigh was a postdoctoral researcher at the Howard Florey Institute (Melbourne), York University (Canada), and the Universit√© catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

Professor Roger Ordidge

Prof Ordidge is the previous Director of MBCIU and a world-reknowned MRI physicist.

"I am Professor Roger Ordidge, an MRI physicist. This means I have a degree and PhD in physics (having been supervised by, and worked closely with, Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Peter Mansfield). I have worked at Bruker Ltd (senior development scientist), University of Nottingham, UK (lecturer), Henry Ford Hospital Detroit, USA (Professor), University College London (Chair of Medical Physics) and joined the University of Melbourne as Professor of Imaging Science in 2011.

Research: I have spent over 40 years in MRI research, from the first whole body scanner in the late 1970’s to the present day 7T research scanner at the University of Melbourne. My current research focuses on scanning the human brain without distortion at ultra-high magnetic fields (7 Tesla and above) and improving MRI technology for use in the next generation of MRI scanners. I am concentrating on proving that our recently patented MRI methodology (UoM patents) represent a major improvement for getting the best results from the latest technology. My target human organ, the human brain, means that I am intimately involved with the latest neuroscientific investigations at the University of Melbourne."

A/Prof Brad Moffat - NIF Facility Fellow

Assoc. Prof. Moffat is a medical imaging physicist and chemist with 19 years’ research experience in the Biomedical Imaging fields of MRI and Molecular Imaging.  Since graduating from his PhD in 2001 he has made an excellent contribution to this field.  He is currently deputy director of the Melbourne Brain Imaging Capability, The University of Melbourne node of the National Imaging Facility. He has specific expertise in quantitative Ultra High Field (7 Tesla) MR imaging of human subjects and Molecular Imaging biomarker research, development and clinical translation (Royal Melbourne Hospital 2007-14). He has published significant journal articles on fMRI, diffusion MRI, functional diffusion mapping, MR perfusion, MRS, voxel based morphometry, PET and nano-theranostics.

Deputy-Director / NIF fellow. Performs operations management for both 7T MRI and PET/CT.  His specific research interests are in the development of UHF MRI technology and molecular imaging analytics. More specifically he conducts research on UHF-MRI pulse sequences, MRI contrast agents, endogenous quantitative UHF MRI, MRI/PET/CT reconstruction techniques, image analytics in clinical trials  and molecular imaging informatics.

Yasmin Blunck

Yasmin Blunck is a Research Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering within the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. She is affiliated with the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit where she develops new methods on the 7T research MRI. Her current research focus is on Sodium Imaging with a particular interest in image acquisition, i.e. sequence development, and reconstruction techniques.

Prior to her PhD at the University of Melbourne where she graduated in 2018, she received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, Germany, and a Master of Science in Biomedical Computing from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

During her academic degrees, she completed internships at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Fraunhofer Mevis, Siemens Healthineers and IBM research where she worked on various projects in biomedical imaging.

Warda Syeda

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PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Rob Williams

Mr Rob Williams is the National Imaging Facility Fellow (PET) Chief Research Technologist (PET) at the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit. Rob has had a diverse range of international experience in the world of nuclear medicine.

Rob is also a presenter and the producer of the Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Medicine Podcast. The Podcast is the world’s longest running medical podcast, the highest ranked and most listened to podcast in the field of Nuclear Medicine and PET.

Rob has worked as principle Molecular Medicine Technologist at the time, the largest hospital in Europe. He has worked as an applications specialist and development advisor to imaging companies and has trained technologists and medical registrars in Europe, Australia and India. And has worked to develop training via the international atomic energy agency, the Indo-European educational forum and the European Association of nuclear medicine, he is the current CPD chair for the Australian society of nuclear medicine. And is a lecturer at RMIT for nuclear medicine undergraduates. He has been instrumental in developing many research projects and is passionate about improving PET and SPECT reconstruction having been involved in its early development. While not “nuc medding” he loves the beach and is an active surf lifesaver and scuba diver

Rebecca Glarin

Rebecca is the Radiographer responsible for running the 7T MRI Imaging services with backup provided by Braden Thai under a subcontract of Radiography services from the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Rebecca is a Grade 4 radiographer with over 15 years clinical MRI experiences. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge regarding the safe use of MRI for research and clinical services.Her position is responsible for assisting in protocol development and liaising with facility users to provide optimal imaging protocols specifically developed to address the group’s research aims. The role also contributes to policy development, education, process management and its application at both sites. This position acquires scans involving human participants on the 7T MRI system, and is responsible for the delivery and testing of MRI sequences for both human and phantom-based research projects involving the acquisition of high resolution anatomical MRI data, spectroscopy(MRS), and functional MRI (fMRI) data for researchers within the Australian neuroscience community. In addition, it is also responsible for data quality control, data curation and management of the MRI bookings system and DaRIS data distribution system, and responsible for the development of safe operating procedures at the facility.

RESEARCH STUDENTS

Sanuji Gajamange

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Frederique Boonstra

Frederique completed her research master Neurosciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2015. After having been in Melbourne for an internship during her masters, she got the opportunity to stay for a PhD. She has a great love for playing tennis since she was 4 years old and in her spare time can be found playing herself or organising tennis hit-ups for other people in Melbourne.

Mytre Strik

"My name is Myrte Strik and I am doing a jointly awarded PhD at the University of Melbourne and VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Originally I am from Amsterdam, and previously I completed a bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Sciences and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the VU University Amsterdam. I did an internship and worked as a research assistant in Melbourne, travelled the world and I am currently doing a PhD project researching motor disability in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. I consider myself to be a lucky person to work with two teams with high expertise in imaging and MS and to life in my two favourite countries in the world, the Netherlands and Australia.

The aim of my PhD project is to integrate gait biomechanics and 7 Tesla MRI to monitor and predict the progression of gait dysfunction in MS patients. I am specifically interested to investigate the subtle changes in walking, and the structural and functional neural substrates of these changes, in early stage MS using a network imaging approach."

Ed Green

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Alumni

Dr Jon Cleary

McKenzie Research Fellow. Dr. Jon Cleary is a clinician-scientist and a Universityof Melbourne McKenzie Fellow with an interest in the use of high-field imaging to characterise neurological disease. His current work involves the application of advanced MRI techniques to multiple sclerosis including quantitative susceptibility mapping and sodium imaging.

Dr James Corte

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Dr Scott Kolbe

Dr Scott Kolbe is a Neuroimaging scientist employed by MBIC to lead applied neuroimaging research and collaborations.  His primary expertise is in quantitative imaging of MS, however he also leads collaborations on applying quantitative MRI to the role of iron in AD, UHF-fMRI of decision making, and imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury