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

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.


Hossein Nejadnik

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

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Saeid Zanganeh

Saeid Zanganeh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

My principal research interests lie in the field of biomedical imaging, especially MRI, PET, and optical imaging. I was fortunate to receive the 2014 Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program postdoctoral fellowship award, and I am now working with postdoctoral research mentor Dr. Heike Daldrup-Link. My current research projects include development of cellular imaging techniques for cancer detection and therapy, with a particular focus on the uses of theranostic nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging.

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S. Meghdad Taghavi Garmestani

S. Meghdad Taghavi Garmestani, M.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

My research interests include stem cell tracking and bioprinting. My current research project involves optimizing stem cell labeling techniques with iron oxide nanoparticles for stem cell tracking with MR imaging. Through my work with the Daldrup-Link lab, I plan to pursue clinically relevant projects, which will help me develop my career as a physician-scientist.

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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.

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.

Maryam Aghighi

Maryam Aghighi, M.D.

Visiting Scholar

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.

| Office: 650-724-7978

Alexis Crawley

Alexis Crawley, M.D.

Radiology Resident

I am interested in the application of PET/MR and particularly diffusion weighted imaging to the staging of pediatric tumors and monitoring treatment response.



Preeti Sugerkar

Preeti Sugerkar, M.D., Ph.D.

Radiology Resident

I am interested in investigations of chemotherapy-induced tissue injuries in children with cancer. My current project determines predictive MR imaging biomarkers for progressive corticosteroid-induced osteonecrosis.



Shanshan Bao

Shanshan Bao, M.D.

Clinical Fellow

I am interested in novel cell therapies for the treatment of osteonecrosis in pediatric cancer patients and the use of non-invasive MR imaging techniques to monitor these therapies.

Lillian Lai

Lillian Lai, M.D.

Clinical Fellow

I am interested in findings ways to streamline PET-MRI acquisition and turn it into an efficient imaging tool for patient care, as well as investigating the use of PET-MRI and ferumoxytol contrast as novel imaging techniques to evaluate pediatric malignancies.

Jim Qiwei Ho

Jim Qiwei Ho

Summer Student

Although an undergraduate, I am determined to advance cancer research and aspire to become a physician-scientist. The ability of the MR contrast agent ferumoxytol to track tumor-associated macrophages, in particular, fascinates me. I am also enthralled by novel nanoparticle cancer treatments and stem cell imaging techniques. The Daldrup-Link lab provides a fertile frontier for me to explore the hinterlands of new knowledge, and I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion in research.

Ramsha Khan

Ramsha Khan

Summer Student

I am interested in translatable applications of novel cellular imaging techniques in the clinical setting. Through the Daldrup-Link lab I was given the opportunity to assist in clinical projects monitoring patients with osteosarcoma, lymphoma, and renal transplants. My project involved the use of MR imaging techniques in conjunction with iron oxide nanoparticles as contrast agents in order to detect immune responses in kidney transplants that lead to rejection.