Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program

Current Trainees

Ryan Spitler (9/1/2014 - 8/31/2016)
Dr. Spitler received his BS from the University of California Santa Cruz in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology in 2007. His research was in the area of structural biology. Additionally, he has over ten years of industry experience in biotechnology, molecular imaging and therapeutics. He earned his PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology from University of California Irvine in 2014. His research was conducted at the Beckman Laser Institute Medical clinic focusing on multimodal wound healing therapeutics utilizing pharmacological and biophotonic-based approaches. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Professor Christopher Contag’s lab in the department of Pediatrics at Stanford school of medicine. His research is on the development of the newly created nanoplatform technology magnetogenetics using synthetic biological systems. He will focus on tumor ablation techniques using low frequency alternating magnetic fields and magnetic nanoparticles derived from genetically engineered organisms. He is also optimizing this system for high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging.

Mehmet Gunhan Ertosun (2/21/2014 - 2/20/2016)
Dr. Ertosun graduated from Bilkent University with a BS degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering in 2004. During his undergraduate studies at Bilkent, he conducted research in the fields of optics and signal processing. He received an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2006, where his research focused on optoelectronic & semiconductor devices. He received a second MS degree in Financial Mathematics from Stanford in 2009.

In 2010, he earned his PhD degree from Electrical Engineering department of Stanford University. His PhD research focused on novel single-transistor dynamic random-access memory technologies.

Between 2010 and 2012, he worked as a Senior Member of Technical Staff -- Research Engineer in the industry, and conducted research in the field of novel & emerging memory technologies.

In 2012, he joined the Molecular Imaging Instrumentation Laboratory at Stanford School of Medicine as a postdoctoral scholar. His current research interests include development, modeling and simulation of novel medical imaging technologies, with a special interest in photon-counting CT technology with aspects ranging from semiconductor-level novel detector studies to quantitative imaging and biomedical informatics studies.

Saeid Zanganeh, PhD (2/24/2014 - 2/23/2016)
Dr. Saeid Zanganeh earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Connecticut, USA, in 2014. His thesis focused on developing micro and nanoscale technologies with particular emphasis in developing nanoscale engineering systems for targeting tumor hypoxia and tumor angiogenesis. He is now a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Heike Daldrup-Link's laboratory in the department of radiology at Stanford school of medicine. His current research interests include development of cancer detection and therapy through cellular imaging techniques by means of theranostic nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging.

Tzu-Yin Wang, PhD (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2015)
Dr. Wang received her BS and MS. degrees in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 2004 and 2006, and PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2011. Her research interests include biomedical imaging, image-guided therapy, and ultrasound therapies. During her PhD, she worked on a novel cavitational ultrasound tissue ablation therapy-histotripsy. She investigated ultrasound image algorithms to monitor the tissue response to the treatment in real-time, allowing for adjustment and optimization of the treatment. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Willmann's laboratory, focusing on ultrasound guided drug delivery for cancer therapy. She built an image-guided in vivo drug delivery platform and developed treatment protocols for effective and efficient drug delivery . She is eager to improve this technique for clinical translations.

Erica Cherry, PhD (10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015)
Dr. Cherry received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2013 after working in Professor John Eaton's fluid mechanics lab. Her dissertation research focused on the fluid mechanics of magnetic drug targeting, a proposed technique for cancer treatment in which magnetic fields are used to steer drug particles through the circulatory system to a localized tumor.  Dr. Cherry has also performed experiments using magnetic resonance velocimetry, a technique developed in Professor Eaton's lab that uses MRI technology to take 3D velocity measurements in flows.  During the fall of 2013, Dr. Cherry will join Professor Rebecca Fahrig's lab as part of the PHASER project (pluridirectional high-energy agile scanning electron radiotherapy.)  Her work will focus on developing a fast imaging system for a new medical device meant to deliver more effective radiation treatments to cancer patients.



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