About Stanford CIRP

The Team

Heike Daldrup-Link

Heike Daldrup-Link, MD, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator
Professor of Radiology at Stanford University
Co-Director of the Cancer Imaging Program at the Stanford Cancer Institute 

Dr. Daldrup-Link has over fifteen years of experience in clinical cancer imaging, MR imaging and nanoparticle research. Dr. Daldrup-Link is the recipient of multiple honors and awards for translational research, including the Distinguished Investigator Award of the Academy for Radiology Research, member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI, honor society for physician-scientists) and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE).

Daniel Rubin

Daniel Rubin, MD

Co-Principal Investigator
Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Data Science, and Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research) at Stanford University

Dr. Rubin is an expert in quantitative image analysis methods in Radiology. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and Fellow of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). 

Michael Moseley

Michael Moseley, PhD

Professor of Radiology at Stanford University

Dr. Moseley has a PhD in physical chemistry and expertise in novel high-speed MR imaging techniques for cellular imaging. Dr. Moseley published over 380 publications on MR imaging, he was awarded the ISMRM (International Society for Magnetic Resonance and Medicine) Gold Medal in 2001 for his pioneering work in diffusion MRI and he served as the 2003-2004 president of the ISMRM. 

Sheri Spunt

Sheri Spunt, MD, MBA

Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University

Dr. Spunt is a pediatric oncologist with Board Certification in Pediatrics and subspecialty certification in Pediatric Oncology. Dr. Spunt directs a Clinical and Translational Research Program focusing on the development of novel therapy approaches for bone and soft tissue sarcomas in children and young adults. 

Robbie Majzner, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Pediatric Oncology Division, at Stanford University

Dr. Majzner completed his residency training in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian-Columbia and fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology at Johns Hopkins and the National Cancer Institute. His current work focuses on investigating the value of combined GD2 and CD47 mAb therapies for the treatment of neuroblastomas and osteosarcomas. 

Frezghi Habte

Frezghi Habte, PhD

Stanford Center for Innovation in In Vivo Imaging (SCI3)

Dr. Habte is a medical imaging instrumentation and image quantification specialist. As a director of the shared small animal imaging facility at Stanford, he provides various services such as instrument management and support, project specific experimental design consultation, and image analysis software support and training. His current research focuses on image data management and quantitative imaging methods.

Raheleh Roudi

Raheleh Roudi, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University

Dr. Roudi is a molecular biologist who has worked as a researcher in the Department of Radiology for 2 years. She conducts our pre-clinical imaging studies with a focus on MR imaging and R2/R2* measurements. 

Shakthi Kuraran Ramasamy

Shakthi Kuraran Ramasamy, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University

Dr. Ramasamy is a physician-scientist who has worked as a researcher in the Department of Radiology for 2 years. He coordinates and supervises our imaging studies with a focus on MR imaging and R2/R2* measurements. 

Lucia Barrato

Lucia Baratto, MD

Research Associate

Dr. Barratto is a physician-scientist who has worked as a researcher in the Department of Radiology for 5 years. Dr. Barratto acquired extensive experience in the conduction of clinical trials for the evaluation of new imaging technologies. She coordinates and supervises our imaging studies with a focus on PET imaging. 


Fabrizio Pisani, MD

Research Associate

Dr. Pisani is a physician-scientist who recently joined the Molecular Imaging Program in the Department of Radiology. He coordinates and analyzes our MR imaging studies of osteosarcomas in animal models and in patients. 

Laura Pisani, PhD

Research Associate

Dr. Pisani is an MRI physicist and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in in vivo Imaging (SCI3). She trains researchers in MR imaging technologies and supervises preclinical MR imaging studies at the SAIF. Dr. Pisani provides monthly Introductory MRI seminars; hands-on training for MRI, micro-PET, fluorescence imaging; and she helps optimize experimental design and image data analysis.

Jarrett Rosenberg, PhD

Biostatistician at Stanford University

Dr. Rosenberg is the biostatistician for the Department of Radiology and has been involved with the experimental design of this project, with respect to sample size determination, development of multiple regression analyses and correlation models for imaging data analyses. Dr. Rosenberg will work with the PIs to develop a statistical model that relates features of our integrated database to determine quantitative imaging predictors of treatment response.

Brittney Williams

Clinical Trial Coordinator at Stanford University

Ms. Williams is a clinical trials coordinator who worked with our team over the past 2 years. Ms. Williams will ensure regulatory compliance of all aspects of this study, obtain and maintain records of patient consents, and assist in managing overall study logistics.


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The Stanford Cancer Institute focuses the world-class expertise of more than 240 researchers and clinicians on the most critical issues in cancer research and medicine today. These dedicated individuals work together in multidisciplinary teams to unravel cancer’s secrets and to transform the latest detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention discoveries into the most advanced patient care available. Combining these advances with comprehensive support services, the Stanford Cancer Institute is committed to giving patients every clinical and technological advantage in the prevention and treatment of cancer. The infrastructure and resources of the Stanford Cancer Institute are available free of charge to cancer researchers.

The Lorry I. Lokey Research Building is located on the main campus within the School of Medicine, between the Lucas Center and the Stanford hospital. The Lokey Building is a 200,000-square-foot facility with 550 researchers in 33 different labs, which includes the preclinical facilities of the Stanford Cancer Center. The institute integrates researchers from multiple specialties including cancer biology, stem cell biology, immunology and bioengineering. The building also has 60 hotel benches, where visiting scientists can come and do research as well. 

The Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging was established in 1992 and is the primary, centralized resource dedicated to biomedical imaging research on the Stanford University campus. With its current 37,000 nasf of space dedicated to molecular imaging, nanotechnology, MRI, PET, PET/MR, and spectroscopy research, the Lucas Center is one of the few centers in the world with major centralized resources devoted to research in the radiological sciences where both basic and clinical scientists are housed. The Lucas Center builds on a long-standing and very close working relationship between faculty and students of the Department of Radiology, the Stanford Cancer Institute as well as the Departments of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering and Chemistry. The Center provides office and laboratory facilities for over 15 full-time faculty and their complement of more than 75 postdoctoral fellows and students. Dr. Moseley’s office is located in the Lucas Center and our team has eight assigned desks for trainees in the Lucas Center. Major imaging devices available for research studies include one 3T Signa PET/MRI scanner (GE Healthcare) as well as two 3.0T and one 7.0T MR scanner(s). Approximately one half of the Stanford Radiology 3D Imaging Laboratory (image data post-processing) is also located in the Lucas Center. With these resources, the Lucas Center is well suited for the preclinical development and clinical translation of novel imaging technologies. The Lucas Center is being used for preclinical imaging studies and clinical PET/MR scans of patients for our project. The Lucas Center is located in approximately 5 minute walking distance to the Children’s hospital. We conducted clinical trials at the Lucas Center for the last eight years and have established workflows to accompany pediatric patients from the Children’s hospital to the Lucas Center. 

The James H. Clark Center fosters an unprecedented degree of collaboration between scientists from different disciplines in order to meet some of the most pressing scientific challenges of the coming decades. Such challenges can no longer be met by individuals working in isolation, but require the combined expertise of multi-disciplinary teams. The Clark Center lies at the heart of the Stanford campus between the core campus science engineering buildings and the hospital and medical facilities. Located on primary routes between the campus and the medical center, the building acts as a social magnet encouraging chance encounters and informal meetings between lecturers, researchers and students from diverse academic backgrounds. This provides a unique opportunity for our imaging researchers to interact and collaborate with basic scientists of different disciplines. The lab interiors are a dramatic departure from tradition. The building has been turned inside out, with ‘corridors’ replaced by external balconies, enabling completely flexible lab layouts. The three-story building takes the form of three wings of laboratories centered on an open courtyard overlooked by balconies. The Clark Center is home to approximately one half of the Radiology 3D Imaging Laboratory, the Molecular Imaging Lab, and the small animal imaging. The Clark Center houses the small animal imaging laboratory, which is being used for preclinical imaging studies for this project. The small animal imaging lab comprises a full complement of state-of-the-art small animal imaging equipmentas well as animals’ surgery suites with a variety of surgical devices and micro- and macrotome facilities. 

Stanford Center for Innovation in In Vivo Imaging (SCi3) is a state-of-the-art shared preclinical and translational imaging center to enable the understanding of the biology of health and disease, and to facilitate translation from in vitro findings to in vivo applications and clinical practice. Towards these goals, we continue to bring in the most cutting-edge imaging technologies available, including Bruker MRI system (3T, 7T/PET and 11.7T),  MicroPET/CT, High resolution MicroCT, Optical imaging, Magnetic Particle Imager and Visual Sonic Ultrasound and photoacoustic systems. The facility also provides other equipment and animal surgery/prep suites that facilitate multi-modality imaging. The Clark Center houses the main small animal imaging laboratory, which is being used for preclinical imaging studies for this project.

Stanford Nanocharacterization lab: Stanford offers several shared facilities for nanoparticle research, including the Stanford Nano Center (SNC) and the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF), which are part of Stanford’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) program. These core facilities provide access to a wide array of shared instruments, such as mass spectrometers, high-resolution microscopes, X-ray diffractometers and surface science analytical instruments (among many others) that are available for all qualified users in the Stanford community, and for Stanford collaborators both locally and globally. The NNIN program provides an infrastructure for nanoparticle synthesis, generation of high-quality data on nanomaterials and related data analyses and interpretation. This provides a unique resource for our planned nanoparticle biodistribution studies.

The Daldrup-Link Lab is located in the Lokey building and comprises benches and desks for research fellows as well as a fully equipped cell culture lab with three cell culture hoods, two incubators (one low oxygen incubator), one refrigerator, one freezer, two centrifuges, one microscope, an autoclave, and a variety of additional small equipment (see details below). All personnel involved in this research have access to Dr. Daldrup-Link’s laboratory. Preclinical studies for this project are being performed in the Daldrup-Link lab. 

Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH), ranked as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, is a 361-bed hospital for children and expectant mothers, located next to the Stanford Hospital on the University campus. With over 750 physicians and 5000 staff support and volunteers, Packard Children’s Hospital is a world-class, non-profit hospital devoted entirely to medical and surgical care of babies, children, adolescents and expectant mothers, offering the full range of health care of pediatric and obstetric services, from preventive and routine care to specialized services. Supported by the academic resources at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children’s brings world-class medicine right to the bedside.

The Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at LPCH is one of the largest and most active in the country with 20 full time faculty members. All members of the division are actively involved in research. The division has more than 50 active research projects with peer-reviewed funding. Senior faculty members play key roles in the Children’s Oncology Group and in other national and international research consortium.

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