Eiichi Fukushima performed his first NMR experiment as a graduate student in the physics department of University of Washington in 1960 and has been in the field ever since. He performed solid state NMR at Los Alamos for 18 years before coming to Albuquerque to do flow NMR/MRI at Lovelace Medical Foundation. The experiments the group performed included flow of granular matter as applied to handling fossil fuel (i.e., coal), lung imaging, quantifying urine collection in space, characterizing slurry flow, and looking for subsurface gasoline that had leaked out of storage tanks in Siberia. Currently, projects include microcoil NMR with nanoMR, development of compact MRI for small animal imaging, and development of portable single-sided NMR detector for characterizing ripeness of fruits on the vine.
Mandy Clements, Reseach Assistant
Mandy Clements is a recent graduate from New Mexico Tech, where she studied physics and astrophysics. Since beginning her college studies at Green River Community College in Washington State, she has participated in many interesting research projects ranging from the collection of exotic cosmic rays, to the studies of low elevation air turbulence, to her current work here in MR imaging. In her off time, she enjoys the outdoors, most notably competively racing sailboats at lakes around the Southwest.
Lana Chavez received her Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Northern Arizona University where she worked in Michael Eastman's lab. She received her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in physical chemistry while working in the NMR laboratory of Alex Pines. She developed and performed Xenon-129 NMR spectroscopy and imaging experiments for the development of a biosensor and to study flow through porous media. She also developed numerical models for the biosensor system. Lana worked at Schlumberger-Doll Research as an intern where she developed a fast imaging technique. Lana taught chemistry at the School for Independent Learners (high school) and at Diablo Valley College. She joined ABQMR in January 2009.
Andrew McDowell, Ph.D. (On leave of absence)</DI
Andrew McDowell received his PhD degree in physics from Cornell University, in the area of solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. After a post-doctoral appointment at Washington University in St. Louis and Grinnell College, he took a position in the Physics Department of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, achieving tenure and election as Chair Pro-Tem of the Faculty. At Knox, he co-lead an NSF-funded research effort consisting of two separate NMR labs and resulting in numerous publications with student co-authors. He joined New Mexico Resonance, a non-profit research lab in 2002, focusing on using fluorinated gas MRI to characterize porous ceramics and software and hardware development for a compact MRI system from MRTechnology. In 2005, he co-founded ABQMR, Inc. with Eiichi Fukushima, where he pursued the development of ultracompact NMR devices, work that has been recognized as a finalist for the 2009 Industrial Physics Prize of the APS. He has published 23 articles in refereed journals, is an inventor on four patents pending, and continues to be an invited speaker at international conferences.
Lana Chavez, Ph.D., Scientist