Nan-kuei Chen

Associate Professor
Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
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Curriculum Vitae

Short Bio

Nan-kuei Chen has extensive expertise in fast MR image acquisition methodology, pulse sequence design, and MRI artifact correction for neuro MRI. In the past 18 years, he has developed novel approaches effectively addressing various types of challenging MRI artifacts, ranging from echo-planar imaging (EPI) distortions, to susceptibility effect induced signal loss, to EPI Nyquist artifact, to motion-induced phase errors and aliasing artifacts in interleaved EPI based diffusion-weighted imaging.

The current focus of Dr. Chen’s research is the development of MRI acquisition and reconstruction methodologies for mapping the intrinsic connectivity networks of human brain. He is the original developer of multiplexed sensitivity encoded (MUSE) MRI, which can measure human brain connectivity in vivo at high spatial-resolution and accuracy, as shown in the publications listed below. More generally, Dr. Chen’s research involves the application of MR protocols in translational contexts. He has served as PI on NIH-funded R01, R21 and R03 grants, and has had extensive experience as a co-investigator on NIH-funded projects.

Educational Background

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2001

MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1998

BS, Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 1992

Research Interests
  1. Development of high-throughput and motion-immune clinical MRI for imaging challenging patient populations
  2. Imaging of neuronal connectivity networks for studies of neurological diseases
  3. High-fidelity and multi-contrast MRI guided intervention
  4. Characterization and correction of MRI artifacts
  5. Signal processing and algorithm development
  6. MRI studies of human development

  7. Teaching Interests
    Magnetic resonance imaging and advanced medical imaging.


University of Arizona College of Engineering
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