61027-Sharif, Behzad

Behzad Sharif, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Methodisc, KIC E371
Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. Sharif obtained his PhD degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering with a focus on computational medical imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2010 supervised by Yoram Bresler, PhD. He also trained as an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellow (2010-2013) with Debiao Li, PhD, and Daniel S. Berman, MD, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and UCLA. He has over a decade of research experience and track-record in translational cardiovascular imaging, computational imaging science, accelerated MRI, and machine learning innovations in medical imaging. 

In late 2022, he was recruited to Indiana University School of Medicine as the Director of Cardiovascular MRI Research and an awardee of the Indiana Collaborative Initiative for Talent Enrichment (INCITE) program funded by the Lilly Endowment to attract top biomedical scientists to IU. Prior to joining IU, he held joint faculty appointments at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and served as the Director of the NIH-funded Laboratory for Translational Imaging of Microcirculation.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
  • Director of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Research
  • Education
    2010 PhD University of Illinois
    2004 MSEE University of Illinois
    2002 BSEE Sharif University of Technology
  • Research
    Dr. Sharif's research is focused on noninvasive imaging of coronary microcirculation: MRI-based assessment of microvascular health and function leveraging multi-disciplinary innovations in magnetic resonance physics, computational engineering and machine learning.  These investigations are driven by the need to enable reliable and accurate characterization of the relationship between myocardial imaging markers and the progression of cardio-metabolic diseases, with an emphasis on translational/mechanistic studies in the context of "small vessel" disease and coronary vasomotor/endothelial dysfunction.

    His current active research projects are geared towards:
    -- Development and validation of new functional MRI markers of coronary microcirculation based on innovative high-resolution quantitative myocardial perfusion and blood volume mapping techniques;
    -- Development and translation of artificial-intelligence-enabled MRI approaches aimed at robust quantification of myocardial markers of microvascular dysfunction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
  • Awards
    Org: Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
    Desc: Early Career Award in Basic Science, 2013
    Scope: International
    Org: University of Illinois
    Desc: Lemelson–MIT $30K Illinois Student Prize for Innovation, Finalist (top 3), 2007
    Scope: Campus
    Org: Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation
    Desc: Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship at Univ. of Illinois, 2007
    Scope: Campus
    Org: American Heart Association
    Desc: AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2011
    Scope: National
    Org: American Heart Association
    Desc: AHA National Scientist Career Development Award, 2014
    Scope: National
    Org: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
    Desc: NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), 2014
    Scope: National
    Org: Lilly Endowment Inc.
    Desc: Indiana Collaborative Initiative for Talent Enrichment (INCITE) Scholar, 2021-2026
    Scope: University
    Org: Department of Medicine, IU School of Medicine
    Desc: Pyramid Award, 2022
    Scope: Department

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