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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology


My Biography & Research


My research interests include developing new acquisition and reconstruction techniques for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Specifically, I focus on quantitative imaging and accelerated imaging, with applications in musculoskeletal (MSK) and brain MRI.

Obtaining an MRI is a slow process. It can be difficult for patients to lie still, especially young children. It can also be an uncomfortable and anxiety-producing experience for some patients. I look at ways to accelerate MRI acquisitions and efficiently encode data to collect multiple image contrasts very quickly. MRI contrast is relative, and I work on using quantitative imaging so that images are robust and repeatable. With these techniques, I’m interested in translatable research resulting in robust methods that can be applied in the clinic, directly improving the care and outcomes for patients.

I am a member of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2018-2020). I have been a researcher for nearly ten years, and I began my work at Cincinnati Children’s in 2020.

Research Interests

Neuroimaging; MSK imaging; quantitative MRI; accelerated imaging

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology

Clinical Divisions

Radiology and Medical Imaging

Research Divisions

Radiology, Imaging

My Education

BS: Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

MS, PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Postdoc: A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

My Publications

Diffusion-PEPTIDE: Distortion- and blurring-free diffusion imaging with self-navigated motion-correction and relaxometry capabilities. Fair, MJ; Liao, C; Manhard, MK; Setsompop, K. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2021; 85:2417-2433.

Accelerated spin-echo functional MRI using multisection excitation by simultaneous spin-echo interleaving (MESSI) with complex-encoded generalized slice dithered enhanced resolution (cgSlider) simultaneous multislice echo-planar imaging. Han, S; Liao, C; Manhard, MK; Park, DJ; Bilgic, B; Fair, MJ; Wang, F; Blazejewska, AI; Grissom, WA; Polimeni, JR; et al. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2020; 84:206-220.

Blood Oxygen Level-Dependent MRI of the Myocardium with Multiecho Gradient-Echo Spin-Echo Imaging. van den Boomen, M; Manhard, MK; Snel, GJ H; Han, S; Emblem, KE; Slart, RH J A; Sosnovik, DE; Catana, C; Rosen, BR; Prakken, NH J; et al. Radiology. 2020; 294:538-545.

High-fidelity, high-isotropic-resolution diffusion imaging through gSlider acquisition with B 1 + and T1 corrections and integrated ΔB0 /Rx shim array. Liao, C; Stockmann, J; Tian, Q; Bilgic, B; Arango, NS; Manhard, MK; Huang, SY; Grissom, WA; Wald, LL; Setsompop, K. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2020; 83:56-67.

Highly accelerated multishot echo planar imaging through synergistic machine learning and joint reconstruction. Bilgic, B; Chatnuntawech, I; Manhard, MK; Tian, Q; Liao, C; Iyer, SS; Cauley, SF; Huang, SY; Polimeni, JR; Wald, LL; et al. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2019; 82:1343-1358.

Accelerated whole-brain perfusion imaging using a simultaneous multislice spin-echo and gradient-echo sequence with joint virtual coil reconstruction. Manhard, MK; Bilgic, B; Liao, C; Han, S; Witzel, T; Yen, Y; Setsompop, K. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2019; 82:973-983.

Phase-matched virtual coil reconstruction for highly accelerated diffusion echo-planar imaging. Liao, C; Manhard, MK; Bilgic, B; Tian, Q; Fan, Q; Han, S; Wang, F; Park, DJ; Witzel, T; Zhong, J; et al. NeuroImage. 2019; 194:291-302.

Echo planar time-resolved imaging (EPTI). Wang, F; Dong, Z; Reese, TG; Bilgic, B; Manhard, MK; Chen, J; Polimeni, JR; Wald, LL; Setsompop, K. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2019; 81:3599-3615.

Tilted-CAIPI for highly accelerated distortion-free EPI with point spread function (PSF) encoding. Dong, Z; Wang, F; Reese, TG; Manhard, MK; Bilgic, B; Wald, LL; Guo, H; Setsompop, K. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2019; 81:377-392.

Motion-robust sub-millimeter isotropic diffusion imaging through motion corrected generalized slice dithered enhanced resolution (MC-gSlider) acquisition. Wang, F; Bilgic, B; Dong, Z; Manhard, MK; Ohringer, N; Zhao, B; Haskell, M; Cauley, SF; Fan, Q; Witzel, T; et al. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2018; 80:1891-1906.