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Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D.

1-211C CMRR
kamil [at] cmrr (dot) umn (dot) edu


Dr. Kamil Ugurbil is a Professor in the Departments of Radiology, Neurosciences, and Medicine, and holds the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair of Radiology at the University of Minnesota. He is also the Director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Dr. Ugurbil was educated at Robert Academy, Istanbul (high school) and Columbia University, New York, New York where he received A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in physics, and chemical physics, respectively. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories after receiving his Ph.D. in 1977, and subsequently returned to Columbia University in 1979 as an Assistant Professor. In 1982, he moved to the University of Minnesota where he started the in vivo magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy research effort, which ultimately led to the creation of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR).

  • Member, NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Working Group
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Human Connectome Project, an NIH Neuroscience Blueprint initiative, which aims to map the human brain macro-connectome (
  • Member, Institute of Medicine, the National Academies (USA)
  • Member, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Board of Scientific Advisors

Research Interests:

  • Development of ultrahigh field magnetic resonance methodology for MR imaging and spectroscopy
  • High specificity and high resolution mapping of brain function using MR methods and ultra high magnetic fields
  • Mechanisms of coupling of MR detectable signals to brain activity
  • Oxidative-metabolism in the brain and neurochemistry
  • Cardiac bioenergetics- regulation of oxidative phosphorylation and mechanical work

Selected Recent Publications:

Pfeuffer, J., G. Adriany, A. Shmuel, E. Yacoub, P.F. Van De Moortele, X. Hu, and K. Ugurbil, Perfusion-based high-resolution functional imaging in the human brain at 7 Tesla. Magn Reson Med, 2002. 47(5): p. 903-911.

Zhu X-H, Zhang Y, Tian R-X, Lei H, Xhang N, Zhang X, Merkle H, Ugurbil K, Chen W. P. Development of 17O NMR approach for fast imaging of cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen in rat brain at high field Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2002; 99(20); 13194-13199

Vaughan, J.T., M. Garwood, C.M. Collins, W. Liu, L. DelaBarre, G. Adriany, P. Andersen, H. Merkle, R. Goebel, M.B. Smith, and K. Ugurbil, 7T vs. 4T: RF power, homogeneity, and signal-to-noise comparison in head images. Magn Reson Med, 2001. 46(1): p. 24-30.

Tkac, I., P. Andersen, G. Adriany, H. Merkle, K. Ugurbil, and R. Gruetter, In vivo (1)H NMR spectroscopy of the human brain at 7 T. Magn Reson Med, 2001. 46(3): p. 451-6.

Georgopoulos, A.P., K. Whang, M.A. Georgopoulos, G.A. Tagaris, B. Amirikian, W. Richter, S.G. Kim, and K. Ugurbil, Functional magnetic resonance imaging of visual object construction and shape discrimination : relations among task, hemispheric lateralization, and gender. J Cogn Neurosci, 2001. 13(1): p. 72-89.

Duong, T.Q., D.S. Kim, K. Ugurbil, and S.G. Kim, Localized cerebral blood flow response at submillimeter columnar resolution. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2001. 98(19): p. 10904-10909.

Cho, Y.K., H. Merkle, J. Zhang, N.V. Tsekos, R.J. Bache, and K. Ugurbil, Noninvasive measurements of transmural myocardial metabolites using 3-D (31)P NMR spectroscopy. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 2001. 280(1): p. H489-97.

Chen, W., X.H. Zhu, R. Gruetter, E.R. Seaquist, G. Adriany, and K. Ugurbil, Study of tricarboxylic acid cycle flux changes in human visual cortex during hemifield visual stimulation using (1)H-{(13)C} MRS and fMRI. Magn Reson Med, 2001. 45(3): p. 349-355.

Gruetter, R., S.A. Weisdorf, V. Rajanayagan, M. Terpstra, H. Merkle, C.L. Truwit, M. Garwood, S.L. Nyberg, and K. Ugurbil, Resolution improvements in in vivo 1H NMR spectra with increased magnetic field strength. J Magn Reson, 1998. 135(1): p. 260-4.


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