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Haonan Wang
    

Haonan is a second year Ph.D student working on using computational approaches to estimate the kinetic parameters of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI. Haonan's research interests lie in the areas of digital signal processing with special emphasis on MRI and image reconstruction.
Outside of science, Haonan loves to play and watch sports, and to relax with friends.

Merry Taylor
    

Merry is a second year Ph.D student working on segmenting osteoarthritic knee MRIs. Merry is a big sports fan, and loves music and reading
Grayson Tarbox
    

Grayson is a Ph.D. student who joined the group in Fall 2014, defecting from physics after completing both a B.S. and Master’s degree. His research interests lie in sodium imaging and using methods such as compressed sensing and parallel imaging to speedup image acquisition. When not doing research, Grayson enjoys spending time in the outdoors, practicing his photography skills, keeping up on the latest news in science and technology, and going curling with his wife Amber.
Amin Nazaran
    

Amin is the forth year P.hD student working on ultra short echo time (UTE) imaging and diffusion analysis. His main interests in MRI from technical perspective can be summarized in four areas: 1- techniques for acquisition and analysis of very weak MRI signals ; 2- Sequence design and mathematical analysis for diffusion imaging; 3- image processing; 4- MRI hardware development. His main interests in MRI from application perspective are: 1- neurodegenerative disease; 2- neurodevelopmental disease; 3- cancer; 4- othteoarthritis. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, reading novels, hanging out with friends, and watching movies.
Undergraduate Students

Canute Peterson
    

Canute is a senior working on his undergraduate in Electrical Engineering. His research includes concrete imaging and MRI with qDess. Outside of his academic pursuits, Canute likes to play Frisbee, watch and talk about movies, and play board games with friends.
Jessica Doud
    

Jessica is a Senior, double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics. Her current projects include fluorine imaging and metastatic tumor location. In her spare time, she enjoys singing in choir, playing the piano, and reading any book she can find.
Forrest Howell
    

Forrest is an undergraduate student majoring in piano performance. He started in the biomedical imaging research group in January of 2015. He is currently working on validation of the qDESS sequence. Forrest plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2016.
David Jeffs
    

David is a senior majoring in neuroscience. His current research explores the use of Ultra Short TE sequences to identify Alzheimer’s Disease and track progression within the brain. David has conducted research of cancer, genetics, and MRI technology in many research labs. David founded the BYU world literacy club and is passionate about charity work. David enjoys skiing, backpacking, wood sculpting, running, and meeting new people.
Joseph Valentine
    

Joseph is an undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering. He is currently working on Fat Suppression using bSSFP. Joseph enjoys spending time outdoors and having philosophical debates with his friends. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pennsylvania.
Steven Whitaker
    

Steven is an undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering; he joined Dr. Bangerter's group in Spring 2015. He is currently working on image segmentation and banding artifact removal. Steven loves math and computer science, but he also enjoys hiking with his sister and playing video games with his roommates. He also served as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Angola, Africa.
Harrison McCullough
    

Harrison is from Austin, TX, and grew up as the oldest of five boys. He enjoys being with his family and friends. His talents and hobbies include playing the piano and guitar, singing, and talking to everybody. Harrison served a mission in Irvine, California. He is studying Electrical Engineering and looks forward to making the world a better place through his career.