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Christopher Nguyen, Ph.D.

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Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard Medical School | Cardiovascular Research Center | Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging  Charlestown, MA

Instructor in Medicine                              2017 - current


Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterBiomedical Imaging Research Institute Los Angeles, CA

Assistant Professor                                  2018 - current

Research Scientist                                    2017 - 2017

Project Scientist                                        2016 - 2017


Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterBiomedical Imaging Research Institute Los Angeles, CA

Post-doctoral Fellow                                2015 - 2016

Mentors: Debiao Li, PhD & Eduardo Marban, MD/PhD 


Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard Medical School Charlestown, MA

Affiliated Post-doctoral Fellow                2015 - 2016

Mentor: David Sosnovik, MD


University of California Los Angeles | Department of Bioengineering Los Angeles, CA

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering                  2012 - 2015

M.S. Biomedical Engineering                    2010 - 2012

Mentor: Debiao Li, PhD 


University of California Berkeley | Department of Bioengineering | Berkeley, CA

B.S. Bioengineering                                  2005-2009

Mentors: Steven Conolly, PhD & Roland Henry, PhD 


  • Corrigan Minehan Innovation SPARK Award 2017
  • Junior Fellow of the ISMRM 2017
  • NIH NIBIB R21 Trailblazer Early Career Award 2017
  • Early Career Award (Basic Science Research) - SCMR 2017
  • Early Career Award finalist (Translational Science Research) - SCMR 2016
  • Best Abstract Award - Gordon Research Conference MRI - 2016
  • Summa Cum Laude Abstract Award - ISMRM 2015
  • Pohost Award Finalist - Best Manuscript - Journal of CMR 2014
  • Summa Cum Laude Abstract Award - ISMRM 2014
  • Magna Cum Laude Abstract Award - ISMRM 2014
  • UC LEADS Research Undergraduate Fellowship - UCSF 2007
  • Raytheon Scholarship - Raytheon 2005


Reviewer for the journals: 

  • JACC Imaging
  • Circulation CV Imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Journal of Magnetic Resonance
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Biomedicine
  • Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics Biology and Medicine
  • Korean Journal of Radiology
  • Nature Scientific Reports


  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
  • Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR)
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC)

Society Positions:


  1. Cardiac Study Group Trainee Representative, ISMRM 2017 Annual Conference (2016-17)
  2. Program Committee, SCMR 2018 Annual Conference (2017-18)




  1. Deng Z, Fan Z, Lee S, Nguyen CT, Xie Y, Pang J, Bi X, Yang Q, Choi B, Kim JS, Berman D, Chang HJ, and Li D. Noninvasive measurement of pressure gradient across a coronary stenosis using phase contrast (PC)-MRI: a feasibility study. Magn Reson Med. In Press. 2016.

  2. Nguyen CT, Buckberg G, and Li D. Magnetic Resonance Diffusion Tensor Imaging Provides New Insights into the Microstructural Alterations in Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Circulation CV Imaging. 2016

  3. Nguyen CT, Fan Z, Xie Y, Pang J, Bi X, Speier P, Kobashigawa J, and Li D. In vivo Diffusion-Tensor MRI of the Human Heart On a 3T Clinical Scanner: An Optimized Second Order (M2) Motion Compensated Diffusion-Preparation. Magn Reson Med. In Press. 2016

  4. Xie Y, Kim YJ, Pang J, Kim JS, Yang Q, Wei J, Nguyen CT, Deng Z, Choi BW, Fan Z, Berman DS, Chang HJ, and Li D. Coronary atherosclerosis T1-weighted Characterization with Integrated Anatomical Reference (CATCH). JACC Imaging. In Press. 2016.

  5. Sharif-Afshar AR, Nguyen CT, Feng T, Payor L, Fan Z, Saouaf R, Li D, and Kim HL. Prospective pilot trial of a high-resolution diffusion-weighted prostate MRI for detection of low-risk low-volume prostate cancer in active surveillance patients. EBioMedicine. In Press. 2016.

  6. Pang J, Chen Y, Fan Z, Nguyen CT, Yang Q, Xie Y, and Li D. High efficiency coronary MRA with non-rigid cardiac motion correction. Magn Reson Med. In press. 2016.

  7. Nguyen CT, Lu M, Fan Z, Bi X, Kellman P, Zhao S, and Li D. Contrast-free detection of myocardial fibrosis in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients with diffusion-weighted cardiovascular magnetic resonance. J Card Magn Reson. 17:107. 2015.

  8. Yang Q, Duan J, Fan Z, Qu X, Xie Y, Nguyen CT, Du X, Bi X, Li K, Ji X, and Li D. Detection and quantification of cerebral venous thrombosis by magnetic resonance black blood thrombus imaging. Stroke. In Press. 2015.

  9. Xie G, Zhang N, Xie Y, Nguyen CT, Deng Z, Bi X, Liu X, Li D, and Fan Z. DANTE-prepared 3D FLASH: A fast isotropic-resolution MR approach to morphological evaluation of the peripheral arterial wall at 3 Tesla. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24986; 2015.

  10. Sharif-Afshar AR, Feng T, Koopman S, Nguyen CT, Li Q, Shkolyar E, Saouaf R, Kim HL. Impact of post prostate biopsy hemorrhage on multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging. The Canadian Journal of Urology. 22(2); April 2015.

  11. Nguyen CT, Fan Z, Afshar A, Xie Y, Saouaf R, Kim H, and Li D. 3D High Resolution Diffusion-Weighted MRI of the Prostate: Preliminary Application in Prostate Cancer Patients undergoing Active Surveillance. Magn. Reson. Med. 2015. In press. DOI: 10.1002/mrm.25609

  12. Feng T, Sharif-Afshar AR, Smith SC, Miller J, Nguyen CT, Li Q, Luthringer D, Li D, Saouaf R, and Kim HL. Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging localizes established extracapsular extension of prostate cancer. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 2014. doi:10.1016/j.urolonc.2014.11.007

  13. Nguyen CT, Fan Z, Xie Y, Dawkins J, Tseliou E, Bi X, Sharif B, Dharmakumar R, Marban E, and Li D. In vivo contrast free chronic myocardial infarction characterization using cardiac diffusion-weighted MRI. J Card Magn Reson. 2014. 16 (1) 68.

  14. Xie Y, Yu W, Fan Z, Nguyen CT, Bi X, An J, Zhang T, Zhang Z, and Li D. High resolution 3D diffusion imaging of carotid vessel wall to detect lipid core without contrast media. J Card Magn Reson 2014. 16 (1) 67.

  15. Nguyen CT, Fan Z, Sharif B, He Y, Dharmakumar R, Berman DS, Li D. In vivo three-dimensional high resolution cardiac diffusion-weighted MRI: A motion compensated diffusion-prepared balanced steady-state free precession approach. Magn. Reson. Med. 2013 Nov 20. DOI: 10.1002/mrm.25038

  16. Bucci M, Mandelli ML, Berman JI, Amirbekian B, Nguyen CT, Berger MS, Henry RG. Quantifying diffusion MRI tractography of the corticospinal tract in brain tumors with deterministic and probabilistic methods. Neuroimage Clin. 2013;3:361–8. PMCID: PMC3815019

  17. Li YO, Yang FG, Nguyen CT, Cooper SR, LaHue SC, Venugopal S, Mukherjee P. Independent Component Analysis of DTI Reveals Microstructurally Correlated White Matter Networks. Human Brain Mapping. 2012. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.21292