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

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

Hannah Aalto, NSERC Summer Student
Joseph Deschamps, NSERC Summer Student

Recent News

June 18

Congratulation Camryn Newman!

On behalf of our Research Team, we would like to congratulate Camryn Newman in graduating from the Applied Life Sciences program at Lakehead University! Camryn has been a part of our lab since 2018 and has add tremendous value to our research here. All the best in the future Camryn!

June 18

Would you like to be a part of a new research study?

We are seeking individuals who identify as either a healthy or lung disorder participants. We are also recruiting participants who have recovered from COVID-19. See our poster below for more details about our study!

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.


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