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Lana Kaiser

Principal NMR Scientist – NMR

Lana graduated in 1996 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry (summa cum laude) with a specialization in NMR spectroscopy. Working in Professor Alex Pines’s laboratory at UC Berkeley 1996-2000), she developed an appreciation for a hands-on approach to all things Magnetic Resonance: from building probes to writing code for pulse sequences and data processing. After she obtained her Ph.D. in 2000, she joined the UC San Francisco laboratory (Dr. M. Weiner) for her post-doctoral work. Together with the outstanding team of scientists (Drs. G. Matson, K. Young, A. Maudsley), she focused on using MR Imaging and Spectroscopy to develop MR biomarkers for early detection of various neurological disorders. After finishing her post-doctoral degree, she continued her research at UCSF in the same laboratory as an Associate Research Scientist. From 2009 to 2017, Lana worked in the MRI industry (Varian/Agilent and Siemens Healthcare, Japan) in the capacity of an MR R&D scientist. She continued to work on her research projects with academic partners in leading MR sites around the world. After 10 years in the industry, she was offered a position at UC Berkeley Imaging Center to develop advanced MR Spectroscopy applications to study human brain metabolism. Dr. Kaiser is an international leading expert in the MR technology sector and her expertise is highly sought by both academic and industrial research teams. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, including the first demonstration of reduced glutamate in the human brain as a function of healthy aging. Currently, Lana focuses on R&D at innovative startup, Synex Medical, where she is responsible for the development of the novel methodology for improved diabetes care.

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