Dr. Mitchell Albert
Dr. Mitchell Albert co-invented hyperpolarized (HP) gas MRI, a technique that hyperpolarizes 129Xe or 3He to increase the MR signal from these gases 100,000 times. HP gas MRI provides high-resolution, regional data on lung ventilation function, without ionizing radiation, showing the precise areas of the lungs that are receiving gas and those that are not. No other modality can do this. Dr. Albert co-invented the HP gas MRI technology while he was a doctoral student, and he demonstrated the first ever HP 129Xe MR imaging of the mouse lung, which was published in Nature in 1994. He earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Stony Brook University in 1993, and he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1995. 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, Dr. Albert became Professor and Director of MRI Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Albert joined the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) and Lakehead University in Spring 2011, where he leads a multidisciplinary team of scientists in advanced MRI research.