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Benjamin Ellingson, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology

MR Physics


Short Biography

Dr. Ellingson is the Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Imaging Laboratory (BTIL), Co-Director of the Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers, and a member of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program. Dr. Ellingson’s research involves the development, testing, and implementation of advanced MRI and PET imaging biomarkers for the characterization of brain tumor biology and response evaluation in clinical trials. Dr. Ellingson has been a co-author on more than 90 peer-reviewed original research articles relating to neuroimaging. Dr. Ellingson has extensive experience performing data management and imaging analysis in multicenter clinical trials in brain cancer and he currently serves as the Chair of the Neuro-Imaging Committee for the NIH-funded Adult rain Tumor Consortium (ABTC), Chair of the Imaging Committee for the en and Catherine Ivy Foundation Consortium for Early Phase Clinical Trials, Chair of the Imaging Committee for the new Glioblastoma Global Adaptive Trial, is a member of the ACRIN head/neck/neuro committee imaging committee, and is the co-chair the imaging committee for specific brain tumor trials run by the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

Professional Training & Experience

  • Associate Professor of Radiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2015 - Present
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles CA, 2010-2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2008-2010
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Functional Imaging, Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2005-2008
  • Master of Science, Biomedical Instrumentation, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 2003-2005
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI 1999-2003

Research Interests

  • Neuroimaging design, analysis, and management in clinical trials for neuro-oncology and psychiatric disorders
  • Advanced neuro-oncology neuroimaging
  • Imaging response assessment to novel therapeutics in neurological disorders
  • Imaging biomarkers for neurological diseases
  • Radiogenomics and imaging genomics in brain tumors, psychiatric disorders, and chronic pain
  • Functional and structural connectivity in neuropathologies
  • Epilepsy imaging & seizure localization
  • Neurosurgical planning and image-guided interventions
  • Diffusion, perfusion, and metabolic MR physics
  • Mathematical modeling of neoplasia and neurodegeneration

Current Research Projects

  • pH, hypoxia, and perfusion-weighted MRI in brain tumors
  • Improving response assessment in neuro oncology (RANO)
  • Advanced imaging in novel therapies for human brain tumors
  • Metabolic MRI in brain and spinal cord pathologies
  • Intracortical myelination and advanced imaging biomarkers in schizophrenia
  • Voxel-wise spatiotemporal modeling of neoplasia and neurodegeneration
  • Radiogenomics of glioblastoma and chronic pain disorders

Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2014: Cover of Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Vol. 116, No. 2, 2014
  • 2013: Cover of CNS Oncology, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2013
  • 2013: AJNR Editor’s Choice Award, Probabilistic Radiographic Atlas of Glioblastoma Phenotypes, AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2013 34:533-540.
  • 2013: Cover of Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Vol. 112, No. 2, 2013
  • 2013: Art of the Brain / Johnny Mercer Foundation Brain Tumor Research Award
  • 2012: ACRIN Young Investigator Initiative Award
  • 2012: Interview with the European Association of Neuro-Oncology (EANO) regarding brain tumor imaging publications, February 13, 2012
  • 2012: Interview with the Association des neuro-oncologues d’expression française (AnOceF), the Scientific Association of Neuro-Oncologists in France, February 16, 2012
  • 2012: Interview with American Journal of Neuroradiology News Digest, November 2012
  • 2011: RSNA Certificate of Merit, Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting
  • 2011: Cover of Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Vol. 105, No. 1, 2011
  • 2011: Cover of Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Vol. 102, No. 1, 2011
  • 2010: Cover of Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Vol. 72, No. 3, 2010
  • 2010: W.S. Moore Young Investigator Award in Clinical Research, Annual Conference for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • 2010: Cover Article of Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Vol. 97, No. 3, 2010. Utility of functional diffusion maps to monitor a patient diagnosed with gliomatosis cerebri. Benjamin M. Ellingson, Scott D. Rand, Mark G. Malkin and Kathleen M. Schmainda Abstract.
  • 2009: 1st Place Poster, Cancer Imaging, Annual Conference for the Int. Soc. for Magn. Reson. in Med.
  • 2009: Best Professional Presentation, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium
  • 2008: Chairman’s Award, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium
  • 2006: 2nd Place, PhD Student Competition, Rocky Mount. Bioeng. Symp.
  • 2005: 2nd Place, MS Student Paper Competition, Rocky Mount. Bioeng. Symp.
  • 2003: Graduated with High Honors, Milwaukee School of Engineering


Link to my PubMed Publications

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