Our Group

Dr. Mitchell S. Albert

Lab Director, MRI Research Chair, Scientist

Dr. Mitchell Albert is a specialist in the field of hyperpolarized (HP) noble gas MRI. He is a co-inventer of this technology, and as a graduate student at Stony Brook University, demonstrated the first ever HP 129Xe MR imaging of the mouse lung. He was awarded a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Stony Brook University in 1993, and he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1995. While at Harvard, he continued his research on HP gas MRI while simultaneously holding a research appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

In 2006, he moved to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and was appointed Professor and Director of MRI Research. He brought together and led a multidisciplinary team of scientists in advanced MRI research.

Dr. Albert joined TBRRI and Lakehead University in Spring 2011. The research focus of his group is on developing HP 3He and 129Xe MRI to image ventilation in the airways and alveoli of the lungs. In addition, his group has been i) developing the use of HP 129Xe MRI to image stroke, ii) planning to image brain injury using xenon bio-sensors in living animals, and iii) imaging breast tumours using specific anti-tumour antibodies.

Dr. Albert received the 1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Clinton, and the NSF Career Award in 2001 for his work with HP gas MRI.

Education:

  • B.S. Experimental Psychology, State University of NY, Purchase, NY; 1985
  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, State University of NY, Stony Brook, NY; 1993
  • Postdoctoral Training, Research Fellow in Radiology, University Hospital at Stony Brook, NY; 1993-1994

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Research Chair and Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON; 2011 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON; 2011 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Biotechnology Program, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON; 2011 – Present
  • Instructor of Research in Radiology,University Hospital at Stony Brook, NY; 1994-1995
  • Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 1995-1997
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 1998-2004
  • Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 2004-2006
  • Professor of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA; 2006-2011
  • Director of MRI Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA; 2006-2011

Dr. Yurii Shepelytskyi

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Yurii received his PhD in Chemistry and Materials Science at Lakehead University and is currently working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Chemistry Department, Lakehead University. During his PhD program, Yurii was working on pulse sequence development, the development of 129Xe brain imaging, and the development of 19F lung MRI using octafluorocyclobutane. In addition, Yurii was involved in the synthesis of fluorinated biosensors and the evaluation of the supramolecular 129Xe biosensor.

Currently, Yurii is working on hyperpolarized 129Xe Time-of-Flight pulse sequence development and hyperpolarized 129Xe dissolved phase imaging.

Yurii was awarded Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2021.

Yurii was awarded Lakehead University Graduate Student Innovation Award, ISMRM Summa Cum Laude Merit Award, Ontario Graduate Fellowship, and ISMRM Hyperpolarized Media Study Group Silver Medal in 2020.

Yurii was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in 2018.

Yurii was awarded the President’s International Graduate Scholar Award in 2017.

Dr. Viktoriia Batarchuk

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Viktoriia received her Ph.D. in Medical Physics at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, and is currently working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Chemistry Department, Lakehead University.

Currently, Viktoriia is working on hyperpolarized 129Xe dissolved phase and molecular imaging.

Vira Grynko

Graduate Student, PhD

Vira received her MSc. with Honors from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and has a background in physical chemistry (heterogeneous catalysis). She is now at Lakehead University, studying for her PhD in Chemistry and Materials Science. She is working on the synthesis of fluorinated biosensors, computing potential Xe biosensors, and acquiring and analyzing BOLD fMRI. In addition, she is involved in the testing of supramolecular Xe biosensors and lung studies.

Vira is supported by Ontario Trillium Scholarship.

Hannah Aalto

NSERC Summer Student

Hannah is an undergraduate student at Lakehead University studying Applied Life Sciences with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences. She is currently working in the lab as a summer research assistant. Eventually, Hannah plans to pursue a career in medicine.

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