Previous Lab Members

Kai Qiao, MSc, Staff Research Associate. Kai graduated from the Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging Program (MSBI) in the department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF in 2018. His research interests centered around neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Alzheimer's and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. He is a firm believer that an early, noninvasive diagnosis of any disease gives full opportunity to wholly treat a patient by simultaneously preventing pathogenesis whilst expanding confidence and dignity.  His Bachelor's in Biological Sciences was from UC Davis, and his focus leaned towards human physiology. A non-exhaustive list of his hobbies and interests includes: playing badminton, exploring cities, making music, swimming, cycling, skiing, and eating. 




Lydia Le Page, PhD. Post-doctoral fellow and Assistant Professional Researcher. Lydia received her PhD from the University of Oxford in the UK, where her research focused on exploring and non-invasively imaging the metabolic changes that occur in the heart as a result of type 2 diabetes. Following her PhD, she worked as a postdoc at the University of Edinburgh, where she investigated sodium imaging for assessing myocardial health following a heart attack. She then joined UCSF in the Ronen lab, then joined the Chaumeil lab at UCSF in June 2017. In our lab, her research focused on using imaging to better understand metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases and responses to therapy, specifically, in models of brain inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease and aging. While in the lab, she received a Brightfocus Foundation and a Alzheimer’s Association Research fellowship, was a medical writer for Youreka Science and a 2020 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow.



Celine Taglang, PhD. Post-doctoral fellow. Celine obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Paris Saclay University, working on enantiospecific C(sp3)-H activation method followed by deuterium incorporation onto stereogenic centers using ruthenium nanoparticles. Celine joined the Chaumeil lab in August 2019 to work on the application of hyperpolarized 13C MRI to detect the target inhibition of NF-kB activation and the response in primary CNS lymphoma. In August 2020, she transitioned to the Viswanath lab at UCSF to continue her work on Cancer.



Nancy Sloan, Graduate Student. Nancy received her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in Engineering Science and Mechanics with complementary minors in Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering. Although an engineer by training, she has always been drawn to neuroscience and the puzzle that is the brain. Her primary interests are stroke rehabilitation and adult plasticity as well as diagnostic imaging of CTE. In the Chaumeil Lab, Nancy worked on hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy on 13C compounds for possible applications in TBI and CTE.



Nolwenn Garnier, Visiting Master's student. Nolwenn was a French visiting student in the Chaumeil Lab in the summer 2019. She studied physics, chemistry and biology in France (ESPCI Paris). In the Chaumeil lab, she worked on developing hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance methods to monitor oxidative stress in the context of neuroinflammation.




Brice Tiret, Post Doctoral Fellow. Brice Tiret was a post-doctoral scholar in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Department at UCSF from January 2017 to May 2019. At UCSF, his research involved methodological development of biomarkers of neuro-inflammation using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS). He specialized in in vivo proton and phosphorus single voxel MRS, as well as hyperpolarized 13C Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (HP 13C MRSI) methods. Since May 2019, Brice is a Field Application Specialist at Magnetic Insight Inc.



Jessie Mosso, Visiting Master's student. Jessie was a French visiting student in the Chaumeil Lab in the summer 2018. She studied physics and engineering in France (ESPCI Paris) and specialized in neuroscience and medical imaging next year for a master’s degree at Université Pierre et Marie Curie. In the Chaumeil lab, she worked on neuroinflammation and her 4-month project aimed at comparing the metabolism of inflammatory cells and cancer cells in the context of brain tumors using hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging. Jessie is now conducting her PhD in Switzerland.




Soo Hyun Shin, PhD Candidate. Soo Hyun is a student in UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering. He did his rotation in the Chaumeil lab with an interest in developing a novel hyperpolarized 13C probe for monitoring neuroinflammation. Soo Hyun is now conducting his PhD in Berkeley on chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI for renal and cardiac imaging.