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Research groups

Alex Smith


Postdoctoral Scientist

  • Whitaker Scholar
  • Junior Research Fellow

My primary research goals is to develop new methods to quantify the underlying structural composition and metabolic activity in the nervous system.  I am currently investigating a MRI sequence called chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST).  CEST sequences can image the underlying metabolic activity in a tissue without the need for extraneous contrast.  My aim is to develop these techniques at 7T in order to image glutamate in post-stroke patients in vivo to determine how these levels change following a stroke.