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Behzad Sharif, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Research Scientist, Biomedical Imaging Research Institute

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Behzad Sharif, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Research Scientist, Biomedical Imaging Research Institute

The research of Behzad Sharif, PhD, involves developing MRI-based biomarkers that accurately characterize myocardial blood flow abnormalities and applying them in diagnostic/mechanistic studies of ischemic heart disease with a focus on coronary microvascular/endothelial dysfunction. Broadly, Sharif’s work uses a multi-disciplinary approach for development of innovative MRI data acquisition and reconstruction techniques involving imaging physics, signal processing, and computational sciences to devise methods that achieve optimal precision for visualization/quantification of underlying dynamics in the cardiovascular system, all geared towards addressing ongoing challenges in cardiology.

  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), 2014
  • American Heart Association Scientist Development Award (SDG), 2014
  • Early Career Award in Basic Science, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 2013
  • Regional Scholarship, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 2012
  • American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2011
  • Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship at University of Illinois, Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation, 2008
  • Lemelson-MIT Illinois Innovation Prize Finalist, University of Illinois, 2007

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Sharif B, Arsanjani R, Dharmakumar R, Bairey Merz N, Berman D, Li D. All-Systolic Non-ECG-gated Myocardial Perfusion MRI: Feasibility of Multi-Slice Continuous First-Pass Imaging. Magn Reson in Med. 2015;74(6):1661-1674.
  • Sharif B, Dharmakumar R, Arsanjani R, Thomson L, Bairey Merz N, Berman D, Li D. Non-ECG-Gated Myocardial Perfusion MRI Using Continuous Magnetization-Driven Radial Sampling. Magn Reson in Med. 2014;72(6):1620-1628.
  • Sharif B, Dharmakumar R, LaBounty T, Arsanjani R, Shufelt C, Thomson L, Bairey Merz N, Berman D, Li D. Towards Elimination of the Dark-Rim Artifact in First-Pass Myocardial Perfusion MRI: Removing Gibbs Ringing Effects Using Optimized Radial Imaging. Magn Reson in Med. 2014;72(1):124-136.
  • Sharif B, Derbyshire J, Faranesh A, Bresler Y. Patient-Adaptive Reconstruction and Acquisition in Dynamic Imaging with Sensitivity Encoding (PARADISE). Magn Reson in Med. 2010;64(2):501-513.

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