Gerd Melkus

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Gerd Melkus
Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology & Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Ottawa

MRI Physicist, The Ottawa Hospital & Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Clinician Investigator, Clinical Epidemiology, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI)

Gerd Melkus, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiology with a cross-appointment to the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Melkus has affiliations with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the Ottawa Medical Physics Institute (OMPI). He obtained his PhD in Physics, specializing in Medical Imaging, from the University of Würzburg, Germany in 2010. Before coming to Ottawa, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research Group and as director of the 7 Tesla preclinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility at the University of California in San Francisco. He joined the Department of Medical Imaging at the Ottawa Hospital in July 2013.

Dr. Melkus’ research interests include technical developments and applications of new Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy methods and advance image data processing algorithms. The clinical focus of his work is on musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative diseases. His research fields include non-invasive quantitative characterization of cartilage, tendon and muscle tissues, quantitative susceptibility mapping of human brain as well as advanced spectral editing spectroscopy methods for brain metabolite detection and quantification in vivo.

Research interests

  • Development and application of new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) sequences
  • In vivo MR spectroscopy and spectral editing methods for brain and cancer research
  • Advanced image data processing algorithms
  • Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM) for Parkinson's disease and ALS

Key Words

MRI, PET-MRI, MRS, quantitative imaging

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