Willmann Lab Translational Molecular Imaging Laboratory


Principal Investigator

Juergen K.
       Willmann, MD

Jürgen Willmann, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology
Stanford University School of Medicine.
Stanford Profile | Research

Phone: 650-725-1812 | Fax: 650-723-1909 | E-mail » [willmann]

Lab Members

Lofti Abou-Elkacem, PhD

E-mail » [kacem]

"My goal is the detection of early pancreatic cancer using a novel non-invasive in vivo molecular ultrasound imaging technique. The diagnostic accuracy of molecular ultrasound imaging will be assessed in detecting early pancreatic cancer by using a novel molecular target in a transgenic pancreatic cancer mouse model."

Sunitha Bachawal, PhD

(650) 724-1472 | E-mail » [bachawal]

"The focus of my research is using novel non-invasive in vivo molecular imaging techniques for early detection and treatment monitoring of breast cancer. In addition I work on identifying new molecular targets for use with ultrasound imaging."

Ahmed El Kaffas, PhD

"I am interested in developing imaging methods to characterize tumor vasculature and the tumor microenvironment, and to subsequently relate these imaging methods to biomarkers that can be used for cancer treatment monitoring. My current research is focused on developing volumetric contrast-enhanced quantitative ultrasound methods to characterize tumour vasculature and to assess treatment response in patents with colorectal cancer metastases in the liver."

Ferdinand Knieling, PhD

"My research focuses on mechanisms of angiogenesis in acute, chronic inflammatory diseases, and cancer. I try to develop clinical translatable imaging approaches in experimental as well as in clinical projects."

Steven Machtaler, MD

Steven Machtaler, PhD

(650) 724-1472 | E-mail » [smachtal]

Sayan Mullick-Chowdhury, PhD

Sayan Mullick-Chowdhury, PhD


I am currently working on developing highly efficacious imaging guided delivery strategies for drug and miRNA mediated therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma. The primary focus of my research is to overcome HCC associated drug resistance to achieve better therapeutic outcomes.

Jiale Qin, MD

Jiale Qin, MD

E-mail » [auincy0625 gmail.com]

My research focuses on the early and accurate detection of pelvic inflammation and cancer using multiple imaging techniques, especially in vivo molecular ultrasound. My goal is to translate these new techniques into clinical practices to improve the power of diagnoses by non-invasive ultrasound.

Rosa Sigrist, MD

Rosa Sigrist, MD

My research interest is in clinical projects using non-invasive imaging techniques such as 3D-Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound for GI cancer treatment monitoring of patients with liver metastases. I am also interested in Ultrasound Elastography for characterizing focal and diffuse diseases of the liver and focal lesions of the kidney.

Keerthi Valluru

Keerthi Valluru, MS

I am extremely passionate about medical imaging systems and techniques that are specifically aimed toward obtaining physiological information in vivo. My primary research interest is to identify pathophysiological changes associated with cancer using molecular imaging principles and quantify them. My interests also include multimodality imaging with emphasis on early cancer diagnosis and screening, fusion imaging and quantitative image analysis.

Morgan Wang

Huaijun (Morgan) Wang, PhD

(650) 724-1472 | E-mail » [whjwang]

"My research interests are the characterization of different rodent and large animal models and therapeutic evaluation of diseases with multiple imaging modalities including ultrasound, magnetic imaging resonance, computed tomography, and positron emission tomography with special focus on molecular imaging, including early detecting tumor and monitoring treatment response in rodent tumor models."

Tzu Yin Wang

Tzu Yin Wang, PhD

(650) 725-0950 | E-mail » [tuyin]

"My research interests are non-invasive image-guided ultrasound therapies. My current work focuses on ultrasound microbubble mediated delivery of therapeutic agents, mechanisms of such delivery process in vivo, and optimization of the delivery efficiency for tumor treatments."

Katie Wilson

Katheryne Wilson, PhD

(650) 725-0950 | E-mail » [wilsonk2]

"My primary research interest is focused on using multi-modality imaging, with a large emphasis on ultrasound and photoacoustics, combined with molecular contrast agents to address clinical needs, such as early as possible breast cancer detection and imaging of inflammation. I have a strong interest in the combination of molecular imaging and nanotechnology to create novel imaging agents."

Jianhua Zhou

Jianhua Zhou, PhD

"My goal is to monitor tumor early response to treatment with 3D dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound. Three-D dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaing will be tested in predicting early tumor treatment response in human colon cancer xenografts and also in patients with colonic liver metastases."

Lab Alumni

Osamu Kaneko, MD

Paul Laeseke, MD, PhD

Nirupama Deshpande

Marybeth Pysz

Kira Foygel

Ying Ren

Cedric Panje

Grace Anlon Tye

Anobel Tamrazi

David Wang

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