Our People

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini    

“Success is not the work of one, but the work of many” 

Mātai Team

Dr Samantha Holdsworth

Dr Samantha Holdsworth

Chief Executive & Research Director

Leigh Potter

Leigh Potter

Kaiwhakahaere / Chief Operating Officer

Dr Daniel Cornfeld

Dr Daniel Cornfeld

Clinical Lead

Jeanette Lepper

Jeanette Lepper

Head of Development

Paul Condron

Paul Condron

MRI Charge Technologist

Taylor Emsden

Taylor Emsden

Trainee MRI Technician

Davidson Taylor

Davidson Taylor

Senior Administrator & Kaiārahi Tikanga (Cultural Advisor)

Dr Patrick McHugh

Dr Patrick McHugh

Community Health Liason

Dr Gil Newburn

Dr Gil Newburn

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Haribalan Kumar

Dr Haribalan Kumar

Senior Research Engineer

Bree Allan

Bree Allan

Marketing & Administrative Assistant

Dr Eryn Kwon

Dr Eryn Kwon

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Maryam Tayebi

Dr Maryam Tayebi

Research Fellow

Dr Josh McGeown

Dr Josh McGeown

Research Fellow

Tuterangi Nepe-Apatu

Tuterangi Nepe-Apatu

Research Assistant

Dr Mark Griffin

Dr Mark Griffin

Industry Senior Research Fellow

Principal Investigators

Associate Professor Miriam Scadeng

Associate Professor Miriam Scadeng

Lead Principal Investigator

Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer

Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor Justin Fernandez

Associate Professor Justin Fernandez

Principal Investigator

Dr Vickie Shim

Dr Vickie Shim

Principal Investigator

Gina Waters

Gina Waters

Principal Investigator

Dr Jesse Gale

Dr Jesse Gale

Principal Investigator

Dr Graham Wilson

Dr Graham Wilson

Principal Investigator

Dr William Peters

Dr William Peters

Principal Investigator

Dr Geoffrey Handsfield

Dr Geoffrey Handsfield

Principal Investigator

Board of Trustees

Ngā Māngai Māori - Voices of Māori (Māori Advisory Board)

Research Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

Affiliate faculty advisors

Alan Wang, PhD

Associate Professor – Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Computational radiology, multimodal neuroimaging analysis, statistical learning & deep learning theories, neurodegenerative diseases, neurological disorders.

Anne Chin, MD

Assistant Professor – University of Montreal, Canada
Cardiothoracic Radiologist – University of Montreal Health Centre

Cardiac CT/MRI, quaternary cardiothoracic/aortic imaging, advanced post-processing techniques.

Audrey Fan, PhD

Assistant Professor – Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California Davis, U.S.A

Simultaneous PET/MRI, cerebral physiology, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, neurovascular coupling.

Beau Pontré, PhD

Senior Lecturer – Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging, University of Auckland

Cardiac imaging and modeling, congenital heart disease, medical physics (Ultrasound, X-ray, MRI), high field MR imaging.

David Dubowitz, PhD/MD

Director, Neuroradiologist, Neuroscientist – Centre for Advanced MRI, University of Auckland

Brain microstructure, cerebral physiology, resting-state fMRI connectivity, oxygen metabolism, MR spectroscopy, hypoxia, migraine.

Feliks Kogan, PhD

Assistant Professor – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, U.S.A

Musculoskeletal imaging, osteoarthritis, MRI physics, cellular and molecular Imaging, multimodal Imaging.

Geoffrey Handsfield, PhD

Researcher, Aotearoa Fellow – Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Musculoskeletal biomechanics, imaging, computational modeling.

Jia Guo, PhD

Assistant Professor – Department of Bioengineering, University of California Riverside, U.S.A

Magnetic resonance imaging, perfusion imaging, brain physiology, medical image processing, machine (deep) learning.

Manoj Saranathan, PhD

Associate Professor – Department of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona, U.S.A

MRI physics and reconstruction, ultra fast dynamic MRI for cancer and function, imaging and segmentation of deep brain structures.

Matthew McDonald

Registrar Ophthalmologist, RANZCO. PhD Student – FMHS, University of Auckland

Ophthalmology, ocular therapeutics, cataract surgery, advanced MRI imaging (DTI), concussion (mTBI), eye-tracking & eye movement abnormalities

Mehmet Kurt, PhD

Assistant Professor – Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, U.S.A

Brain biomechanics, mechanical neuroimaging, concussions, modeling, helmet design.

Michael Hoff, PhD

Assistant Professor – Department of Radiology, University of Washington, U.S.A

Translational MRI research, correction of susceptibility/off-resonance and motion/flow artefacts.

Nils Forkert, PhD

Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair – University of Calgary, Canada

Machine learning, predictive modelling, medical image analysis, perfusion analysis.

Rachelle Bitton, PhD

Senior Research Scientist – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, CA, U.S.A

MR-guided focused ultrasound for cancer & essential tremor treatment, thermal dosimetry using MR PRF thermometry, MR acoustic radiation force imaging.

Rachel Fleming, PhD

Science Leader – Auckland Institute of Environmental Science and Research

Research & development, project management.

Rohit Ramchandra, PhD

Senior Lecturer – Department of Physiology, University of Auckland

Autonomic control of circulation, neural control of heart, sympathetic overactivity in disease, integrative physiology, animal models of heart disease.

Salil Soman, MSc/MD

Clinical Instructor, Neuroradiologist – Harvard University, U.S.A

Neuroradiology & computer science, computer graphics, computing in mathematics, advanced neuroimaging applications, novel image processing and data interpretation in TBI.

Samuel Rosset, PhD

Senior Research Fellow – Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Soft transducers, soft robotics for biomedical applications and mechanotransduction.

Sarah-Jane Guild, PhD

Senior Research Fellow – Department of Physiology, University of Auckland

Cardiovascular physiology, intracranial pressure, optogenetics, implantable devices, hypertension.

Sjoerd Vos, PhD

Lecturer – Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering, University College London, U.K

MRI, neuroimaging, epilepsy, quantitative neuroradiology, surgical planning, image-guided surgery.

Stefan Skare, PhD

Research Team Leader – Karolinska Hospital, Sweden

Advanced MR acquisition, image reconstruction, software development.

Tracy Melzer, PhD

MRI Research Manager – New Zealand Brain Research Institute
Senior Research Fellow – Department of Medicine, University of Otago

MRI (structural, diffusion, perfusion, functional), metabolic and amyloid PET imaging, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive impairment.

Scientific & engineering research advisors

Akshay Chaudhari, PhD

Research Scientist – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, U.S.A

Artificial intelligence in medical imaging, rapid and quantitative musculoskeletal MRI, image post-processing and analysis.

Anna-Maria Lydon, DCR(R)/BHSc/PGDipMRI

Charge MR Technologist – Centre for Advanced MRI, University of Auckland

Diagnostic radiology, vascular radiology, cardiovascular imaging, fMRI, angiography.

Ben Parkinson, PhD

Senior Engineer – Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

Portable MRI, compact MRI systems, novel MRI magnet geometry.

Charlène Mauger, PhD

Research Fellow – Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Mathematical modelling, statistical shape analysis, advanced image processing, computational anatomy.

Daniel Kopeinigg, PhD

Chief Technology Officer – Jaunt, U.S.A

Mathematical modeling, computer vision, machine learning, medical imaging.

Doug King, PhD

Research associate – Auckland University of Technology

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Hutt Valley District Health Board

Sports injury epidemiology, head impact biomechanics, sports-related concussion.

Ellyce Stehlin, PhD

R&D Engineer – MED-EL, Austria

Implantable medical devices, implant-patient-MRI interactions, MRI RF safety, numerical electromagnetics.

Eric Peterson, PhD

Senior Software Engineer – HeartVista, San Francisco, U.S.A

MRI protocol optimization, image processing and analysis, glymphatic system, diffusion, hyperpolarized imaging.

Itamar Terem, MSc

Research Associate – Department of Electrical Engineering & Structural Biology, Stanford University, U.S.A

MRI and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) of the brain, physics, advanced image processing.

Julian Maclaren, PhD

Engineer – Google ATAP, U.S.A

MRI neuroimaging methods, artificial intelligence, computer vision, motion tracking.

Kathleen Gilbert, PhD

Research Fellow – Auckland Bioengineering Institute

MRI cardiac imaging techniques and analysis and shape modelling.

Maged Goubran, PhD

Research Scientist – Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto, Canada

Computational neuroscience, diffusion MRI, computer vision, brain connectomics.

Mahdi Rahimi, PhD

Software Engineer – Facebook, U.S.A

Computer vision, deep learning, rapid imaging, image reconstruction.

Mathias Engström, PhD

MR Product Specialist – GE Healthcare, Sweden

Motion corrected MRI, pulse sequence design, reconstruction, and image processing.

Melvyn Ooi, PhD

MR Clinical Scientist – Philips Healthcare, U.S.A

Novel MRI techniques, pulse sequences, image reconstruction & correction, translational research.

Murat Aksoy, PhD

Research Associate – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, U.S.A

MRI motion detection and correction, diffusion-weighted & diffusion-tensor imaging, advanced image processing & reconstruction.

Natalie Zahr, PhD

Director – Translational Imaging Program, Center for Health Sciences, SRI International, U.S.A

Psychiatry, behavioral sciences, neuroanatomy, MR spectroscopy, in-vivo bio-markers, animal models.

Phillip Ward, PhD

Research Fellow – Turner Institute for Brain & Mental Health, Monash University, Australia

Iron mapping, dynamic PET, functional MRI, physiological modelling of the brain, imaging and segmentation of cerebral veins.

Rafael O’Halloran, PhD

Senior Scientist – 4Catalyzer, U.S.A

MRI physics specializing in diffusion, motion correction, sequence programming, reconstruction.

Ronald Watkins, AAS/AOS

Senior Research Associate, Electrical Engineer – Department of Radiology, Stanford University, U.S.A

Electronics & hardware for medical imaging and therapeutics, MRI, Ultrasound, PET imaging.

Ross Keenan, MB ChB

Director – Pacific Radiology

Diagnostic radiology, MRI/PET (neurodegenerative disease & traumatic brain injury), functional MRI, cardiac CT and artificial intelligence, spine MR spectroscopy.

Sergei Obruchkov, PhD

Engineer – Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

MRI systems engineering, RF and console electronics, in-vivo MR spectroscopy and relaxometry, portable MR devices for ischaemic tissue injury detection and monitoring.

Wei Bian, PhD

Chief Scientist – Alltech Medical Systems, China

MRI pulse programming, image reconstruction, MRI with susceptibility contrast, MRI for brain tumor & neurodegenerative diseases, automated radiotherapy target volume contouring using MRI.