Professor Laurel Sillerud

About the author

Professor Laurel Sillerud is a Research Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He has devoted his career to the application of magnetic resonance and nanotechnology to the diagnosis and characterization of disease, most recently to Stroke and Alzheimer’s dementia.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Biophysics and Physiology from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.  His postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Robert G. Shulman at Yale University emphasized non-invasive magnetic resonance investigations of metabolism in living systems, including humans.  He subsequently was director of the Biomedical NMR Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he developed magnetic resonance methods for the diagnosis of prostate cancer.  Upon joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico, he specialized in the application of magnetic nanotechnology and MRI to the detection cancer and brain diseases. He served for several years as Director of the MRI Core and the UNM BRaIN Center.  He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014.

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Medicine Innovates featured article: Longitudinal monitoring of microglial/ macrophage activation in ischemic rat brain using Iba-1-specific nanoparticle enhanced MRI