The Surbeck Annual Symposium celebrates Margaret Hart Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging research by showcasing presentations by the winning young investigators.
2013 Surbeck Scholar Presentations and Awards
Congratulations to the 2013 Surbeck Scholar Award Winners!
- First Place: Galen D. Reed
- Second Place: Myriam M. Chaumeil
- Third Place (tie for third place): Gerd Melkus and Olga Tymofiyeva
2012 Surbeck Young Investigator Award Winners
2012 Surbeck Awardees: (l–r top row) Galen Reed, Simon Hu, PhD, Kayvan Keshari, PhD,
(l–r bottom row) Ilwoo Park, PhD, Myriam M. Chaumeil, PhD.
Five talented scholars earned awards at the sixth annual Surbeck Investigators Awards presentation in 2012. They presented their work to an admiring audience in Genentech Hall, at an event moderated by Professor Sarah J. Nelson, PhD, director of the Surbeck Laboratory of Advanced Imaging and Richard Gowen, PhD, president of the INDNJC Foundation.
Hu and Park Share First Place
Simon Hu, PhD, was recognized for “13C-Pyruvate Imaging Reveals Alterations in Glycolysis that Precede c-Myc-Induced Tumor Formation and Regression.” This paper describes the use of hyperpolarized carbon-13 technology to examine the metabolic consequences of switching a human ocogene on and off. Hu’s findings demonstrate that the distinct metabolic profiles of a transgenic mouse liver cancer model were highly correlated with corresponding genetic profiles.
Hu received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his PhD from the UCSF/ UCB Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering. He is a postdoctoral scholar in the research group led by Daniel B. Vigneron, PhD.
Ilwoo Park, PhD, focuses his research on developing imaging biomarkers for monitoring brain tumor response to therapy using hyperpolarized MR 13C metabolic imaging. His award-winning paper is titled “Evaluation of Heterogeneous Metabolic Profile in an Orthotopic Human Glioblastoma Xenograft Model using Compressed Sensing Hyperpolarized 3D 13C Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging.” He is postdoctoral fellow in the Brain Imaging research group led by Sarah J. Nelson, PhD. A native of South Korea, Park completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and earned his PhD in the UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering.
A Solo in Second Place
Galen D. Reed earned second-place honors for “A Method for Simultaneous Echo Planar Imaging of Hyperpolarized 13C Pyruvate and 13C Lactate.”
He holds a BS in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he worked in the Particle Beam Physics Lab developing high-gradient particle accelerators and free-electron lasers. He is enrolled in the UCB/UCSF Joint Graduate Bioengineering Program, where he has contributed to creating magnetostatic-based data processing programs for the analysis of magnetic resonance spectroscopy data for prostate cancer.
Tie for Third
Myriam M. Chaumeil, PhD, earned a share of third place with her paper, “Longitudinal Evaluation of MPIOLabeled Stem Cell Biodistribution in Glioblastoma using High Resolution and Contrast Enhanced MR Imaging at 14.1 Tesla.” A postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory led by Sabrina Ronen, PhD, Chaumeil applies innovative magnetic resonance techniques, such as hyperpolarized carbon-13 and contrast-enhanced imaging, to characterize brain tumors and their response to treatments. She earned her PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Paris XI, where she developed new MR methods for the study of brain metabolism in normal conditions and in Huntington’s disease.
Sharing third place, Kayvan Keshari, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar in the lab led by John Kurhanewicz, PhD. His work focuses on developing novel magnetic resonance probes and engineered platforms to characterize abnormal metabolism for translation to both clinical diagnosis and drug discovery. His award-wining paper is titled “Hyperpolarized 13C Dehydroascorbate as an Endogenous Redox Sensor for in Vivo Metabolic Imaging.” Keshari holds degrees in Biochemistry and Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of North Carolina.
The Margaret Hart Surbeck Laboratory of Advanced Imaging is dedicated to advancing imaging techniques for biological and medical applications. The Young Investigator Awards provide small grants for career development and are funded through the INDNJC Foundation honoring Margaret Hart Surbeck.