University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Peder Larson, PhD

Peder Larson, PhD

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics

Research Summary

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF focused on developing MRI methods that provide novel information about tissue structure and function that are not accessible by other clinical imaging modalities. My background is primarily in MR pulse sequence development, including MR physics, RF pulse design, acquisition strategies, and reconstruction techniques, beginning in 2003 under the advising of Profs. Dwight Nishimura and John Pauly at Stanford University. I came to UCSF as a post-doc in 2007 under Prof. Daniel Vigneron and joined the faculty in 2011.
A major focus of my research program is hyperpolarized carbon-13 metabolic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods, and I am part of the team at UCSF translating this modality into human studies of cancer. The technology has the potential to improve staging of cancer and monitoring treatment response by measuring real-time conversion in key metabolic pathways. I develop the MRI data acquisition and image reconstruction methodologies for these studies.

Education

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, B.S., 06/02, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, M.S., 06/03, Electrical Engineering
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Ph.D., 09/07, Electrical Engineering
University of California – San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Postdoctoral, 09/07-08/11, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging


Professional Experience

  • 2002-2003
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2003-2007
    Research Assistant, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2007-2011
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011-present
    Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards


  • 1998
    IEEE Wescon Scholarship - 2nd Place
  • 1998
    RC Byrd Honors Scholarship
  • 2003
    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship - Honorable Mention
  • 2005
    International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Annual Meeting Poster Award – 2nd place, Pulse sequences category
  • 2006
    Myelin Imaging Conference Poster Award – Accompanied by proffered talk
  • 2009
    Surbeck Scholar Award – 2nd place
  • 2009
    Outstanding Poster Award – UCSF Dept. of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research Symposium
  • 2010
    Surbeck Scholar Award – 1st place
  • 2011
    Surbeck Scholar Award – 1st place
  • 2011
    International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Junior Fellow
  • 2010,2011,2012
    Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (MRM) Distinguished Reviewer

Selected Publications

  1. Jiang W, Ong F, Johnson KM, Nagle SK, Hope TA, Lustig M, Larson PEZ. Motion robust high resolution 3D free-breathing pulmonary MRI using dynamic 3D image self-navigator. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Oct 11.
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  2. Berg-Johansen B, Han M, Fields AJ, Liebenberg EC, Lim BJ, Larson PE, Gunduz-Demir C, Kazakia GJ, Krug R, Lotz JC. Cartilage Endplate Thickness Variation Measured by Ultrashort Echo-Time MRI Is Associated with Adjacent Disc Degeneration. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Oct 03.
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  3. Yang J, Wiesinger F, Kaushik S, Shanbhag D, Hope TA, Larson PEZ, Seo Y. Evaluation of sinus/edge corrected ZTE-based attenuation correction in brain PET/MRI. J Nucl Med. 2017 May 04.
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  4. Korenchan DE, Taglang C, von Morze C, Blecha JE, Gordon JW, Sriram R, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, VanBrocklin HF, Kurhanewicz J, Wilson DM, Flavell RR. Dicarboxylic acids as pH sensors for hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging. Analyst. 2017 May 02; 142(9):1429-1433.
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  5. Chen HY, Larson PEZ, Bok RA, von Morze C, Sriram R, Delos Santos R, Delos Santos J, Gordon JW, Bahrami N, Ferrone M, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Assessing Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness with Hyperpolarized Dual-Agent 3D Dynamic Imaging of Metabolism and Perfusion. Cancer Res. 2017 Jun 15; 77(12):3207-3216.
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  6. Marco-Rius I, Gordon JW, Mattis AN, Bok R, Delos Santos R, Sukumar S, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Ohliger MA. Diffusion-weighted imaging of hyperpolarized [13 C]urea in mouse liver. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Apr 17.
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  7. Ehman EC, Johnson GB, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Cha S, Leynes AP, Larson PE, Hope TA. PET/MRI: Where might it replace PET/CT? J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Mar 30.
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  8. Leynes AP, Yang J, Shanbhag DD, Kaushik SS, Seo Y, Hope TA, Wiesinger F, Larson PE. Hybrid ZTE/Dixon MR-based attenuation correction for quantitative uptake estimation of pelvic lesions in PET/MRI. Med Phys. 2017 Mar; 44(3):902-913.
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  9. Yang J, Jian Y, Jenkins N, Behr SC, Hope TA, Larson PEZ, Vigneron D, Seo Y. Quantitative Evaluation of Atlas-based Attenuation Correction for Brain PET in an Integrated Time-of-Flight PET/MR Imaging System. Radiology. 2017 Jul; 284(1):169-179.
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  10. Trudel G, Melkus G, Cron GO, Louati H, Sheikh A, Larson PEZ, Schweitzer M, Lapner P, Uhthoff HK, Laneuville O. Imaging of the rabbit supraspinatus enthesis at 7 Tesla: a 4-week time course after repair surgery and effect of channeling. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Aug; 46(2):461-467.
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  11. Milshteyn E, von Morze C, Reed GD, Shang H, Shin PJ, Zhu Z, Chen HY, Bok R, Goga A, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PE, Vigneron DB. Development of high resolution 3D hyperpolarized carbon-13 MR molecular imaging techniques. Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 May; 38:152-162.
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  12. Marco-Rius I, von Morze C, Sriram R, Cao P, Chang GY, Milshteyn E, Bok RA, Ohliger MA, Pearce D, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PE, Vigneron DB, Merritt M. Monitoring acute metabolic changes in the liver and kidneys induced by fructose and glucose using hyperpolarized [2-13 C]dihydroxyacetone. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Jan; 77(1):65-73.
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  13. Shang H, Sukumar S, von Morze C, Bok RA, Marco-Rius I, Kerr A, Reed GD, Milshteyn E, Ohliger MA, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PEZ, Pauly JM, Vigneron DB. Spectrally selective three-dimensional dynamic balanced steady-state free precession for hyperpolarized C-13 metabolic imaging with spectrally selective radiofrequency pulses. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Sep; 78(3):963-975.
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  14. Gordon JW, Milshteyn E, Marco-Rius I, Ohliger M, Vigneron DB, Larson PEZ. Mis-estimation and bias of hyperpolarized apparent diffusion coefficient measurements due to slice profile effects. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Sep; 78(3):1087-1092.
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  15. Koelsch BL, Sriram R, Keshari KR, Leon Swisher C, Van Criekinge M, Sukumar S, Vigneron DB, Wang ZJ, Larson PEZ, Kurhanewicz J. Separation of extra- and intracellular metabolites using hyperpolarized (13)C diffusion weighted MR. J Magn Reson. 2016 Sep; 270:115-123.
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  16. Ohliger MA, von Morze C, Marco-Rius I, Gordon J, Larson PEZ, Bok R, Chen HY, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron D. Combining hyperpolarized 13 C MRI with a liver-specific gadolinium contrast agent for selective assessment of hepatocyte metabolism. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Jun; 77(6):2356-2363.
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  17. Reed GD, von Morze C, Verkman AS, Koelsch BL, Chaumeil MM, Lustig M, Ronen SM, Bok RA, Sands JM, Larson PE, Wang ZJ, Larsen JH, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Imaging Renal Urea Handling in Rats at Millimeter Resolution using Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance Relaxometry. Tomography. 2016 Jun; 2(2):125-135.
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  18. Maidens J, Gordon JW, Arcak M, Larson PE. Optimizing Flip Angles for Metabolic Rate Estimation in Hyperpolarized Carbon-13 MRI. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2016 Nov; 35(11):2403-2412.
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  19. Cao P, Shin PJ, Park I, Najac C, Marco-Rius I, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ, Ronen SM, Larson PE. Accelerated high-bandwidth MR spectroscopic imaging using compressed sensing. Magn Reson Med. 2016 Aug; 76(2):369-79.
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  20. von Morze C, Chang GY, Larson PE, Shang H, Allu PK, Bok RA, Crane JC, Olson MP, Tan CT, Marco-Rius I, Nelson SJ, Kurhanewicz J, Pearce D, Vigneron DB. Detection of localized changes in the metabolism of hyperpolarized gluconeogenic precursors 13 C-lactate and 13 C-pyruvate in kidney and liver. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Apr; 77(4):1429-1437.
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