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Ute Goerke, Ph.D.

Research Associate
2-164 CMRR

Dr. Ute Goerke is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center of Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota. She received her MSc in physics at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon during the year she spent in Portland as an exchange student. After earning her PhD in physics at the University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany on the development of pulse sequences and motion correction algorithms for in-vivo MRI, she moved to Guildford, United Kingdom to work as a postdoc at the University of Surrey. Her main research focus in Surrey was the optimization of novel MR pulse sequences to study diffusion and exchange phenomena and to image short T2 signals in materials. She continued her methodological research effort as a group leader at RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany expanding the design of a hand-held MR device (NMR-Mouse) for in-vivo applications and material characterization. Taking on a research associate position at the Max-Planck-Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany she started to develop pulse sequences and postprocessing algorithms to explore novel contrast mechanisms and to improve sensitivity and robustness of imaging techniques for fMRI. In her current position as a Research Assistant Professor at CMRR, she continues to develop and advance new techniques for fMRI at ultra-high magnetic field.

Research Interests:

  • Development and optimization of RASER, a purely T2-weighted ultrafast imaging sequence, for fMRI at ultrahigh field strength.
  • Development and optimization of the postprocessing technique SSBA to improve sensitivity to functional signal changes of multi-shot ultrafast imaging sequences.
  • Novel MRI techniques including short echo time sequences and hyperpolarized tracer molecules to detect brain function.
  • Implementation of multimodal experimental techniques to investigate the relationship between neuronal activity and hemodynamic changes.

Selected Publications:

Goerke U, Ugurbil K. (2011) A novel approach to investigate the impact of RF pulses on the BOLD contrast in steady-state sequences. Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 19

Goerke U, Garwood M, Ugurbil K. (2011) Functional magnetic resonance imaging using RASER. NeuroImage 54: 350-360

Ben-Eliezer N, Goerke U, Ugurbil K, Frydman L. Functional MRI using Super-Resolved Spatially-Encoded Imaging Techniques. Under review in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Goerke U, Marjanska M, Vollmers M, Iltis I, Henry P-G, Ugurbil K. (2010) fMRI using a hyperpolarized tracer molecule. Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 18

Ben-Eliezer N, Goerke U, Garwood M, Frydman L. (2010) Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging using Super-Resolved Spatially-Encoded MRI. Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 18

Nguyen T, Goerke U, Moeller S, Ugurbil K, Garwood M. (2009) Parallel Imaging with RASER using Multiband Frequency-modulated Excitation Pulses Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 17: 2738

Nguyen T, Moeller S, Goerke U, Yacoub E, Ugurbil K. (2009) Pushing the limits: Ultrafast 2D accelerated High Resolution Whole-Head Volumetric Functional Imaging at 7 Tesla, Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 17: 3670

Goerke U, Ugurbil K. (2009) Robust detection of functional activation in the superior colliculus without ECG-triggering. Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 17: 19

Goerke U, Ugurbil K, Garwood M. (2009) Mapping Brain Function with Reduced Sensitivity to Magnetic Field Fluctuations using RASER. ENC, Asilomar, California, USA

Jerde TA, Lewis SM, Goerke U, Gourtzelidis P, Tzagarakis C, Lynch J, Moeller S, Van de Moortele P-F, Adriany G, Trangle J, Ugurbil K, Georgopoulos AP. (2008) Ultra-high field parallel imaging of the superior parietal lobule during mental maze solving. Experimental Brain Research 187: 551-561

Goerke U, Van de Moortele P-F, Ugurbil K. (2007) Enhanced relative BOLD signal changes in T2-weighted stimulated echoes. Magn. Res. Med. 58: 754-762

Goerke U, Moller HE. (2007), Transient signal changes in diffusion-weighted stimulated echoes during neuronal stimulation at 3 T. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 25: 947-956