Michael Markl, PhD, FSCMR


Michael Markl, PhD, FSCMR

Northwestern University – Chicago, Illinois USA

Dr. Markl is the the Lester B. and Frances T. Knight Professor of Cardiac Imaging and the Vice Chair for Research in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Freiburg, Germany (2000), and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Lucas MRI/S Center at Stanford University, Radiology (2001-2004). A central objective of Dr. Markl’s research program is to develop multi-parametric imaging techniques that can afford a better understanding of the underlying physiologic mechanisms of heart disease and stroke as well as the impact of therapy. The work of his research group has been instrumental in establishing ‘4D Flow MRI’ for the comprehensive assessment of cardiovascular hemodynamics in heart disease and stroke. Further accomplishments include the development, validation, and application of novel imaging tools for the evaluation of structure and function of the heart. Clinical applications have provided new insights into the specific links between pathology, therapy, intervention and functional changes within the heart and cardiovascular system. To date, his accomplishments include a total of >300 peer-reviewed publications, 700+ conference abstracts, 10 book chapters, 12 patents, and >150 invited presentations. In addition, Dr. Markl has a track-record of external funding with over 35 awarded grants from the NIH, societies, and industry collaborations. He has a record of mentorship having trained over 90 medical and graduate students, postdocs, clinical fellows, and junior faculty. These trainees have received prestigious awards from the NIH, AHA, ISMRM, RSNA, and others and have successful careers in academia and industry. Dr. Markl is a recipient of the RSNA Research Trainee Prize, the I.I. Rabi Award Young Investigator Award of the ISMRM, and the Distinguished Investigator Award of the Academy of Radiology Research. He is an Associate Editor for ‘Radiology – Cardiothoracic Imaging, a member of the Editorial Boards of the ‘European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging’ and ‘JCMR’, a Fellow of the ISMRM and SCMR, and the Past-President-of the Society for Magnetic Resonance Angiography (SMRA).

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