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Albert M Thomas, PhD

Professor of Radiology, Psychiatry, and Biomedical Engineering
Director of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Basic Science


Research Interests

  • Physics of MR imaging and spectroscopy
  • Developments of new MR spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) techniques
  • Evaluation of MRSI techniques in healthy tissues and in different pathologies

Current Research Projects

  • Development of Multi-dimensional MR Spectroscopic Techniques and Evaluation in Different Diseases To implement 2-, 3- and 4- dimensional MRS techniques, and to evaluate them in human tissues
  • Two-Dimensional MR Spectroscopic Characterization of HE
    To correlate the metabolite ratios using the 2D L-COSY sequence on a 1.5T MRI scanner with neuron- psychological test battery, and MRI of basal ganglia.
  • Biochemical and Anatomical Correlates of Human Breast Cancer In Vivo
    To correlate the anatomical changes with that of the bio- chemicals (metabolites and lipids) in breast cancer and healthy women.
  • A Novel Assay of Citrate, Choline, and Spermine in Prostate Cancer In Vivo
    To detect the biochemical changes in malignant and benign prostate cancer compared to healthy men.
  • Neurobiological & Behavioral Substrates of Mood Disorders
    To record the anatomical and biochemical changes in geriatric depression.
  • MR & Neuroendocrine Analysis of Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Abuse Comorbidity
    To record the metabolite levels in bipolar & healthy controls.
  • Implementation and Evaluation of Cardiac MRSI in Humans
    To implement and evaluate cardiac proton MRS.

Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2010: Cover Article of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, October issue Echo planar correlated spectroscopic imaging: Implementation and pilot evaluation in human calf in vivo Scott Lipnick, Gaurav Verma1, Saadallah Ramadan, Jon Furuyama, M. Albert Thomas Abstract
  • 1991: Young Investigator Award, Whitaker Foundation’s Biomedical Engineering Grants

Professional Training & Experience

  • TO DATE Professor of Radiology, Psychiatry, and Biomedical Engineering, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles CA
    Director, MR Spectroscopy, UCLA Radiological Sciences
    MR Physicist Consultant, Harbor-UCLA Radiology Imaging Center
  • 2000-2006 Associate Professor of Radiology, UCLA Radiological Sciences
  • 2000-2001 MR Consultant, BF Research Institute GE 3T MRI Facility, Osaka, Japan
  • 1993-2000 Assistant Professor of Radiology & Psychiatry, UCLA Medical School, Los Angeles CA
  • 1990-1993 Director, Clinical MR Spectroscopy Research,University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
    Assistant Scientist of Radiology & Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
  • 1990 Postdoctoral Fellowship: Radiology & Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 1987-1990 Visiting Assistant Research Spectroscopist, Magnetic Resonance Unit, Departments of Medicine, VA Medical Center, UCSF, San Francisco CA
  • 1985-1987 Postdoctoral Fellowship: Chemistry, Laboratorium fur Physikalische Chemie, E.T.H. Zentrum, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1985 Visiting Scientist: Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • 1984-1985 Postdoctoral Fellowship: Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • 1984 Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • 1978 Master of Science in Physics, American College Madurai University, Madurai, India


Link to PubMed publications

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