Dr. Mitchell S. Albert


LU/TBRRI Research Chair

About Our Lab

Dr. Mitchell S. Albert’s laboratory focuses on using hyperpolarized (HP) noble gas MRI, an innovative technology that provides spectacularly detailed images of structures and processes within the body. HP gas MRI has the potential to allow medical researchers and health care providers to significantly improve diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases, including lung diseases, stroke, and cancer. This laboratory uses HP noble gas MRI to investigate gas ventilation within the lungs, gas exchange in the alveoli of the lungs, and moment-to-moment functional activity in the brain.

Our Research Focus

Dr. Albert’s primary research focus is on applying HP helium-3 and HP xenon-129 MRI to image ventilation function in the airways and alveoli of the lungs. In addition, his group has been developing the following innovative imaging technologies: (1) HP xenon-129 functional MRI (xenon fMRI) of the brain; (2) HP xenon fMRI of stroke and traumatic brain injury; (3) HP xenon biosensor MR imaging of breast tumours; (4) HP xenon biosensor MRI for early detection of lung cancer; and (5) HP xenon biosensor MRI for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Current Lab Members

Prof. Mitchell S. Albert, Lab Director

Tao Li, Research Engineer
Martina Agostino, Research Assistant
Siyao Yang, Lab Assistant Intern

Dr. Yurii Shepelytskyi, Postdoctoral Researcher
Vira Grynko, PhD Candidate

Skye Dusolt, Undergraduate Student
Sarah Yeo, Undergraduate Student
Camryn Newman, Undergraduate Student
Lutostawa Mikowska, Exchange Student

Recent News

March 21

Volunteer Needed

Would you like to be a part of an exciting new research study? Researchers are looking for healthy participants and lung disorder participants (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, lung cancer, etc) to undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans using gas contrast agents to improve lung images. Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered are […]

June 12

Summer School of Medical Imaging has started!

Summer School of Medical Imaging (SSMI) provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to conduct research in the medical imaging field.

June 3

Congratulations to Alanna Wade on her successful MSc thesis defense

Congratulations to Alanna Wade who successfully defended her Master’s of Chemistry thesis and completed her MSc degree!

April 19

Research & Innovation Week 2017

The Albert group had a great time at this year’s Research and Innovation Week (March 6-10) at Lakehead University! Francis Hane won first place among the Postdoctoral Poster Presentations with his poster on Hyperpolarized Xenon Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) of Healthy Volunteers. Braedan Prete won the Undergraduate Oral Presentation for the Faculty of Science […]


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