Lab Members

Michael Nelson, PhD

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Nelson received his PhD from the University of Alberta, where he used imaging technology to address the hypothesis that left ventricular untwisting, and resultant ventricular 'suction', is capable of maintaining early diastolic filling during periods of reduced preload. His overall research interests remain in the area of cardiovascular physiology, with a particular interest in studying cardiac mechanics and function. Nelson is currently using 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the relationship between ectopic fat accumulation in cardiomyocytes and left ventricular dysfunction. He currently holds a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Edward Szczepaniak, PhD

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Edward Szczepaniak received his PhD in physics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. He received his spectroscopy training at Adam Mickiewicz University and Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, where he also earned his MS degree in applied and mathematical statistics. Before joining Cedars-Sinai, he worked at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as an MR spectroscopist.