Pediatric Molecular Imaging Team

Principal Investigator

Heike Daldrup-Link

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

Professor of Radiology and by courtesy, of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Molecular Imaging, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
Co-Director, Cancer Imaging & Early Detection Program, Stanford Cancer Institute

As a physician-scientist being involved in the clinical care of pediatric patients and developing novel imaging technologies in a basic science lab, my goal is to link the fields of Nanomedicine, Cell Biology and Medical Imaging towards more efficient diagnoses and image-guided therapies. Our research team successfully translated numerous nanomedicine technologies from preclinical research concepts to clinical applications, thereby creating direct value for our patients.

Email ยป | Phone: (650) 723-8996 | Stanford Profile

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

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

Hossein Nejadnik

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

Clinical Research Scientist

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

Kristina Hawk

Kristina Hawk, M.D., Ph.D.


I am an instructor in the Department of Radiology and am interested in the development of new and advanced imaging technologies for children with cancer. As a physician scientist, integrated MD/PhD training helped me to build a foundation to explore translational research efforts, using a full and intricate understanding of the research process, and the developed ability to understand, discuss and teach new emerging concepts.

Anne Muehe

Anne Muehe, M.D.

Clinical Research Scientist

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.

Anuj Pareek

Anuj Pareek, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am a visiting Radiology resident interested in exploring the value of clinically applicable superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for the detection and characterization of pediatric tumors with MR and PET/MR imaging technologies.

Florian Siedek

Florian Siedek, M.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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 the detection of chemotherapy induced tissue injuries with integrated PET/MR technologies.

Wei Wu

Wei Wu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am interested in linking the fields of cell biology and imaging sciences to advance our understanding of human health and disease. I want to explore and uncover fundamental mechanisms that affect the physiology and function of specific cell populations in living organisms.

Ali Moalem

Ali Moalem, M.D.

Radiology Resident

I am testing novel artificial intelligence algorithms, which can accelerate medical image data acquisition, reduce radiation exposure from imaging procedures and facilitate the detection and characterization of malignant tumors.

Crystal Farrell

Crystal Farrell, M.D.

Clinical Fellow

I am involved in the clinical care of children with cancer and am working with the Daldrup-Link lab on pediatric oncology research. My current projects focus on the development of new MRI and PET/MRI imaging technologies for children with bone tumors.

David Nguyen

David Nguyen, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar

I work at the interface of computer engineering, molecular biology and medical imaging. I am interested in designing novel computer algorithms for preclinical tumor models or clinical imaging data, that can interrogate the microenvironment of malignant tumors and predict clinical outcomes.

Jordi Garcia-Diaz

Jordi Garcia-Diaz

Visiting Medical Student

I am a visiting Medical Student from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and I am interested in the efficacy of different imaging modalities (PET/MR, Diffusion Weighted Imaging, and PET/CT) in staging pediatric cancer patients. I am also interested in applying artificial intelligence to imaging data to help improve image quality and patient radiation dose.

Ramyashree Nyalakonda

Ramyashree Nyalakonda

Visiting Student

I am a visiting undergraduate student from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and am interested in new integrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) technologies for cancer imaging in children. I am also interested in understanding advantages and limitations of diffusion-weighted MRI and integrated PET/MRI for pediatric cancer staging and treatment monitoring.

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