University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Daniel B. Vigneron, PhD

Daniel B. Vigneron, PhD

Professor, Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, UCSF
Director, Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Prostate Cancer

Research Summary

Daniel B. Vigneron, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also Director of the Advanced Imaging Technologies Resource Group, Director of the Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center, and Associate Director of the Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging at UCSF. Dr. Vigneron’s professional activities focus on the advancement of biomedical MRI research. Dr. Vigneron obtained his BA in Chemistry from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1983, and he received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from UCSF in 1988 for his graduate work on applying new MRI techniques for characterizing disease and therapy response. In 1990, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and in 1991 he completed a postdoctoral scholarship from UCSF.

Dr. Vigneron’s research is focused on the development of metabolic magnetic resonance imaging techniques for research and clinical assessments of human diseases. His initial focus was on developing 3D MR spectroscopic imaging for the non-invasive assessment of brain tumor metabolism. Another major research interest of Dr. Vigneron’s is the characterization of prostate cancer using novel MR metabolic imaging techniques. Developing specialized acquisitions techniques for prostate cancer MRSI has been a major project for Dr. Vigneron and his group.

Dr. Vigneron leads the technical development aspects of hyperpolarized carbon-13 MR program at UCSF and is the Principal Investigator of three projects focused on new metabolic MRI techniques. He has published over 200 articles, over 10 book chapters and over 450 abstracts related to his research.

Education

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, BA, 1983, Chemistry/Pre-Med
University of California San Francisco, CA, PhD, 1988, Pharm. Chemistry
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, Postdoctoral, 1988-90, Medical NMR


Professional Experience

  • 1988-1990
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of NMR, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia PA
  • 1990-1991
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1992-1997
    Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1997- 2003
    Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003-present
    Professor, Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2007-present
    Director, MRI Specialized Research Group, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2008-present
    Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1998-2000
    Three CapCure Foundation Research Awards
  • 2001
    American Society of Neuroradiology - Outstanding Presentation Award in Pediatric Neuroradiology
  • 2007
    American Society of Neuroradiology – Outstanding Presentation Award
  • 2007
    Elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • 2009
    International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Fellowship Award

Selected Publications

  1. Taglang C, Korenchan DE, von Morze C, Yu J, Najac C, Wang S, Blecha JE, Subramaniam S, Bok R, VanBrocklin HF, Vigneron DB, Ronen SM, Sriram R, Kurhanewicz J, Wilson DM, Flavell RR. Late-stage deuteration of 13C-enriched substrates for T1 prolongation in hyperpolarized 13C MRI. Chem Commun (Camb). 2018 May 17; 54(41):5233-5236.
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  2. Chen HY, Larson PEZ, Gordon JW, Bok RA, Ferrone M, van Criekinge M, Carvajal L, Cao P, Pauly JM, Kerr AB, Park I, Slater JB, Nelson SJ, Munster PN, Aggarwal R, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Technique development of 3D dynamic CS-EPSI for hyperpolarized 13 C pyruvate MR molecular imaging of human prostate cancer. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Mar 25.
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  3. Milshteyn E, von Morze C, Reed GD, Shang H, Shin PJ, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB. Using a local low rank plus sparse reconstruction to accelerate dynamic hyperpolarized 13C imaging using the bSSFP sequence. J Magn Reson. 2018 May; 290:46-59.
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  4. von Morze C, Reed GD, Larson PE, Mammoli D, Chen AP, Tropp J, Van Criekinge M, Ohliger MA, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Merritt ME. In vivo hyperpolarization transfer in a clinical MRI scanner. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Feb 27.
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  5. Milshteyn E, von Morze C, Gordon JW, Zhu Z, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB. High spatiotemporal resolution bSSFP imaging of hyperpolarized [1-13 C]pyruvate and [1-13 C]lactate with spectral suppression of alanine and pyruvate-hydrate. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Feb 16.
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  6. Gordon JW, Hansen RB, Shin PJ, Feng Y, Vigneron DB, Larson PEZ. 3D hyperpolarized C-13 EPI with calibrationless parallel imaging. J Magn Reson. 2018 Apr; 289:92-99.
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  7. Morze CV, Allu PKR, Chang GY, Marco-Rius I, Milshteyn E, Wang ZJ, Ohliger MA, Gleason CE, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Pearce D. Non-invasive detection of divergent metabolic signals in insulin deficiency vs. insulin resistance in vivo. Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 01; 8(1):2088.
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  8. Park I, Larson PEZ, Gordon JW, Carvajal L, Chen HY, Bok R, Van Criekinge M, Ferrone M, Slater JB, Xu D, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Chang S, Nelson SJ. Development of methods and feasibility of using hyperpolarized carbon-13 imaging data for evaluating brain metabolism in patient studies. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Jan 10.
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  9. von Morze C, Ohliger MA, Marco-Rius I, Wilson DM, Flavell RR, Pearce D, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J, Wang ZJ. Direct assessment of renal mitochondrial redox state using hyperpolarized 13 C-acetoacetate. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Apr; 79(4):1862-1869.
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  10. von Morze C, Tropp J, Chen AP, Marco-Rius I, Van Criekinge M, Skloss TW, Mammoli D, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Ohliger MA, Merritt ME. Sensitivity enhancement for detection of hyperpolarized 13 C MRI probes with 1 H spin coupling introduced by enzymatic transformation in vivo. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Jul; 80(1):36-41.
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  11. Aggarwal R, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J. Hyperpolarized 1-[13C]-Pyruvate Magnetic Resonance Imaging Detects an Early Metabolic Response to Androgen Ablation Therapy in Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2017 Dec; 72(6):1028-1029.
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  12. Shin PJ, Zhu Z, Camarda R, Bok RA, Zhou AY, Kurhanewicz J, Goga A, Vigneron DB. Cancer recurrence monitoring using hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate metabolic imaging in murine breast cancer model. Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Nov; 43:105-109.
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  13. 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 06 15; 77(12):3207-3216.
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  14. 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. 2018 Jan; 47(1):141-151.
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  15. 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 07; 284(1):169-179.
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  16. 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 05; 38:152-162.
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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 09; 270:115-123.
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