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Kalaivani Thangavel

In October, Dr. Kalaivani Thangavel joined UMRAM as a postdoctoral researcher. Before joining UMRAM, Dr. Thangavel received her Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Milan, Italy, and performed a postdoctoral research at University of Piemonte Orientale A. Avogadro, Italy. Her research at these two institutions focused on novel NMR/MRI contrast agents and their physico-chemical characterization. She is now working with Dr. Emine Ulku Saritas on contrast agent characterization for MRI and MPI. 

Nikolay Viskusenko and Ergin Atalar has a new patent on an imaging device that allows high resolution MR imaging of cervical region. This device has been integrated into existing cervical radiation therapy device. It may be useful to obtain detailed information about the cervix before application of the therapeutic radiation. The US patent with patent number of 8,554,303 has been issued on Oct 8, 2013 after about two years of application process. The device has not been licensed.

 

Dr. Cheryl Olman 2013 in AnkaraDr. Olman, Department of Psychology and Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota, visited UMRAM on October 25, 2013, and gave a seminar on “separating multiple contributions to a single fMR signal".

Using high field MR imaging (at 3T and 7T), Dr Olman’s research is centered on fMRI methods and low-level vision. Lab webpage:  http://vision.psych.umn.edu/~olmanlab

Talk abstract:

Because of its high spatial resolution, functional MRI is a powerful and popular tool for studying

Read more: Seminar by Dr. Olman, UMN

Although there are a lot of outgoing members of UMRAM, there are also new members of the research center. One of the new members is Berk Silemek. He is a recent graduate of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the Bilkent University joined UMRAM as research engineer. Ateeq Ur Rehman is graduate of CASE of Islamabad, Pakistan. He is currently PhD student at UMRAM. Reyhan Ergün is a former engineer at ASELSAN and graduate of Middle East Technical University joined UMRAM as a PhD student as well. Redi Poni is a citizen of Albenia and graduate of Middle East Technical University. He joins UMRAM as an MS student. Complete list of current members can be found in the UMRAM web page.

Recently a US patent has been issued on prostatic interventions with patent number 8,521,257. This patent is as a result of hard work of Axel Kriger and late Robert Susil who was the former PhD student of Dr. Atalar. This device allows access to prostate while patient is inside an MRI scanner enabling prostatic interventions such as needle biopsy. The patent has been assigned to the Johns Hopkins University.

Ergin Atalar has been elected to the Academia Europaea. The Academia Europaea (the European Academy) is a non-profit organization. The members of academy are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research in Europe. Founded in 1988, with over 2000 members which includes leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law. Currently, 18 members of the academy are from Turkish Universities. Four of these (Bilal Tanatar, Salim Ciraci, Ekmel Ozbay and Ergin Atalar) are from Bilkent University.

Two new faculty members, Asst. Prof. Emine Ulku Saritas and Asst. Prof. Tolga Cukur, have joined UMRAM in August 2013. Both faculty members are also affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of Bilkent University. Prior to joining UMRAM, Dr. Saritas completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in 2009, working on high-resolution diffusion-weighted imaging for targeted regions. She then performed her postdoctoral research on a novel imaging method called magnetic particle imaging (MPI) at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Cukur received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2009,  working on novel contrast generation and image reconstruction methods for rapid MRI. He then joined University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher, where he worked on computational modeling of the human visual system using functional MRI.