Xin Miao


Research Assistant
Heart Institute
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

Research Assistant
Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory
Signal and Image Processing Institute

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Southern California (USC)

I am a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering. My research projects are a combination of MRI pulse sequence design, image reconstruction, and clinical translation. The thesis project focuses on quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) for the evaluation of brain iron and oxygenation in sickle cell disease. I also work on another project on constrained reconstruction for fast cardiac imaging with applications in free-breathing cardiac cine and 3D first-pass perfusion. Under the co-advisement by Prof. Krishna Nayak and Prof. John Wood, I have great opportunities to learn pulse sequence design and closely collaborate with the clinicians. After finishing the sequence programming training on both GE and Philips systems, I can quickly adapt data acquisition to reconstruction innovations and transform new ideas to prototypes. The constant discussions with clinicians helped me gain a deep understanding of the clinical needs. I received my B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Chu Kochen Honors College, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 2009 and started my Ph.D. study at USC in 2013.

Research Interests:

  • MR physics

  • Image reconstruction

  • MRI pulse sequence design

  • Quantitative susceptibility mapping

  • Sickle cell disease


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Los Angeles, CA 90089-2564
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email: xinm at usc dot edu