Principal Investigator

Heike Daldrup-Link

Heike E. Daldrup-Link, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Radiology,
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital,
Member, Childrens Oncology Group (COG),
Member, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS)
Stanford University School of Medicine

As a physician-scientist involved in the care of patients and the development of cellular imaging techniques, my goal is to develop innovative, non-invasive imaging solutions for significant clinical problems. Our research team develops broadly enabling and clinically applicable imaging technologies for detection of specific cell populations in vivo. Applications include improved cancer detection and characterization, in vivo monitoring of novel stem cell therapies and diagnosis of immune responses to stem cell transplants and solid organ transplants.

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Lab Members

Eileen Misquez

Eileen Misquez

Administrative Associate

As an administrative assistant and research administrator I work with the Daldrup-Link Lab to facilitate grant proposals and management. I also coordinate with Dr. Daldrup-Link and her lab members to manage ongoing and upcoming studies ensuring that they are compliant with university and sponsor policies.

| Phone: (650) 497-8601

Olga Lenkov

Olga Lenkov

Life Science Research Assistant - Lab Manager

My interest in stem cell research is to develop non-invasive and repeatable imaging approaches which can be used for long-term tracking of transplanted stem cells. I work on the development of contrast agents, which can be used to determine the viability and differentiation of the transplanted stem cells, and their interaction with the immune system.

| Phone: (650) 497-8601


Laura J. Pisani

Laura J. Pisani, Ph.D.

MR Physicist
Member, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS)
Stanford University School of Medicine

As an MRI Physicist, I support the Daldrup-Link lab in development of non-invasive MRI techniques and clinical data analysis for in vivo diagnosis of immune responses to solid organ transplants. I provide monthly Introductory MRI seminars; hands-on training for MRI, micro-PET, fluorescence imaging; and help optimize experimental design and image data analysis.

| Phone: (650) 498-7865 | Stanford Profile

Simone Winkler

Simone Winkler, Ph.D.

MR Physicist
Member, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
Member, Radiological Sciences Lab at Stanford

I am a biomedical engineer specifically interested in finding diagnostic capabilities that advance medicine at the interface of engineering and the clinical/biological sciences. I am researching MR physics and engineering development for PET/MR and Ultra High-Field MRI with current and future specific focus on (1) pediatric whole-body cancer staging, (2) human connectome mapping for advanced understanding of neural connectivity in neurodegenerative and neurocognitive disorders.

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Hossein Nejadnik

Hossein Nejadnik, M.D., Ph.D.

Life Sciences Research Associate

I am interested in Stem Cell therapies, which hold hopes for cure of a large variety of diseases. One major concern for successful outcomes of stem cell therapies is the cell fate after implantation. As a clinician-scientist my ultimate aim for stem cell research is to develop clinically applicable, non-invasive and repeatable imaging approaches which can be used for long-term tracking of transplanted stem cells. I work on development and testing of "smart", enzyme-activatable probes, which can detect the viability and differentiation of transplanted stem cells, and their interaction with immune system.

| Phone: (650) 723-1127 | Stanford Profile

Kai Li

Kai Li, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am interested in advanced exogenous labeling probes (e.g., nanoparticles) for long-term tracking of transplanted stem cells to decipher the important information in cell fate. I joined the Daldrup-Link Lab as a Visiting Scholar and my work focuses on the development of non-invasive biomedical imaging platforms (e.g., MRI, photoacoustic and optical imaging) for stem cell tracking in different animal models.

Suchismita Mohanty

Suchismita Mohanty, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am interested in novel clinically translatable theranostic (combined diagnostic and therapeutic) agents that can be used for image-guided therapy of drug-resistant tumors. My research aims to investigate tumor-enzyme activatable theranostic nanoparticles for combined magnetic resonance imaging and treatment of glioblastomas, osteoscarcomas and ovarian cancers.

Anne Muehe

Anne Muehe, M.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am interested in novel clinical imaging technologies for cancer staging and re-staging, such as whole body diffusion weighted MRI and PET/MR imaging, in conjunction with applications of iron oxide nanoparticles as contrast agents. My current projects involve comparisons of different whole body imaging techniques for therapy monitoring in pediatric patients with malignant tumors and tracking of stem cell transplants in patients with leukemia.


Ashok Joseph Theruvath

Ashok Joseph Theruvath, M.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am interested in the development of new and clinically applicable MR and PET/MR imaging technologies for in vivo tracking of stem cell transplants. My long-term goal is to pursue an academic career as a physician scientist that allows me to make a significant impact on the clinical translation of novel molecular imaging techniques, which will advance our clinical knowledge and improve treatment outcomes.

Maryam Aghighi

Maryam Aghighi, M.D.

Postdoctoral Life Science Research Assistant

I am interested in the development of radiation free whole body MR imaging techniques for staging of cancer in children and investigate the role of novel iron-oxide nanoparticles as MR contrast agents. I am also working on a clinical project of ferumoxytol-enhanced MR imaging in children with kidney transplants.

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Cody Wolterman

Cody Wolterman, M.S.

Intern, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

As a CIRM-funded Intern, I am interested in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, specifically applications of pluripotent stem cells for bone and joint regeneration.

Lara Kuntz

Lara Kuntz, Ph.D. candidate

Graduate Student

I am a visiting student interested in biomimetics, synthetic biology and related characterizations of biomolecular key structures of joint components, such as cartilage, bone and tendons.