Dan Vigneron, PhD

Daniel Vigneron, PhD

Principal Investigator

Director, Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center

Research Interests: magnetic resonance imaging, cancer metabolic imaging, hyperpolarized C-13 imaging

Dr. Vigneron’s research is focused on the development of new hardware/software and imaging methods to provide enhanced information on metabolism, tissue microstructure, and blood flow in addition to the anatomic information provided by conventional MRI. This research has led to major improvements for both research and clinical studies of a wide range of diseases including brain tumors. His group developed novel 3D spectroscopic metabolite imaging techniques that are now used in thousands of patient exams to characterize brain tumors based on their metabolite levels.

Dr. Vigneron is the director of the Hyperpolarized Carbon-13 MR center at UCSF and is the Principal Investigator of four projects focused on new metabolic MRI techniques. He has published over 300 articles, over 10 book chapters, and over 450 abstracts related to his research.

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Education and Training

1983: BA, Chemistry, Wesleyan University
1988: PhD, Pharm Chemistry, UCSF
1988-1990: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of NMR, Fox Chase Cancer Center
1990-1991: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Radiology, UCSF

Academic Positions

1992-1997:    Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, UCSF
1997-2003:    Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, UCSF
2003-2008:    Professor, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF
2007-Present:     Director, Advanced Imaging Technologies Specialized Research Group, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF
2008-2016:    Professor, Departments of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF
2011-Present:     Director, Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center, UCSF 
2015-Present:    Director of Human Imaging Core Services, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF 
2016-Present:    Professor, Departments of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, and Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Selected Awards

2014: World Molecular Imaging Society Gold Medal 
2013: Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy of Radiology Research
2011: Distinguished Service Award as Reviewer for Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
2009: Awarded Fellow, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
2007: Elected to the College of the Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
2007: Outstanding Presentation Award, American Society of Neuroradiology