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

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. Walker CM, Gordon JW, Xu Z, Michel KA, Li L, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Bankson JA. Slice profile effects on quantitative analysis of hyperpolarized pyruvate. NMR Biomed. 2020 Aug 02; e4373.
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  2. Ohliger MA, Gordon JW, Carvajal L, Larson PEZ, Ou JJ, Agarwal S, Zhu Z, Vigneron DB, von Morze C. 55 Mn-based fiducial markers for rapid and automated RF coil localization for hyperpolarized 13 C MRI. Magn Reson Med. 2020 Aug 01.
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  3. Gordon JW, Autry AW, Tang S, Graham JY, Bok RA, Zhu X, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Li Y, Ohilger MA, Abraham MR, Xu D, Vigneron DB, Larson PEZ. A variable resolution approach for improved acquisition of hyperpolarized 13 C metabolic MRI. Magn Reson Med. 2020 Jul 22.
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  4. Autry AW, Gordon JW, Chen HY, LaFontaine M, Bok R, Van Criekinge M, Slater JB, Carvajal L, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Chang SM, Clarke JL, Lupo JM, Xu D, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Li Y. Characterization of serial hyperpolarized 13C metabolic imaging in patients with glioma. Neuroimage Clin. 2020 Jun 24; 27:102323.
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  5. Chen HY, Autry AW, Brender JR, Kishimoto S, Krishna MC, Vareth M, Bok RA, Reed GD, Carvajal L, Gordon JW, van Criekinge M, Korenchan DE, Chen AP, Xu D, Li Y, Chang SM, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB. Tensor image enhancement and optimal multichannel receiver combination analyses for human hyperpolarized 13 C MRSI. Magn Reson Med. 2020 Jun 05.
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  6. Qin H, Zhang V, Bok RA, Santos RD, Cunha JA, Hsu IC, Santos Bs JD, Lee JE, Sukumar S, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Wilson DM, Sriram R, Kurhanewicz J. Simultaneous Metabolic and Perfusion Imaging Using Hyperpolarized 13C MRI Can Evaluate Early and Dose-Dependent Response to Radiation Therapy in a Prostate Cancer Mouse Model. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 Aug 01; 107(5):887-896.
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  7. Crane JC, Gordon JW, Chen HY, Autry AW, Li Y, Olson MP, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Larson PEZ, Xu D. Hyperpolarized 13 C MRI data acquisition and analysis in prostate and brain at University of California, San Francisco. NMR Biomed. 2020 Mar 19; e4280.
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  8. Sriram R, Van Criekinge M, DeLos Santos J, Ahamed F, Qin H, Nolley R, Santos RD, Tabatabai ZL, Bok RA, Keshari KR, Vigneron DB, Peehl DM, Kurhanewicz J. Elevated Tumor Lactate and Efflux in High-grade Prostate Cancer demonstrated by Hyperpolarized 13C Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Prostate Tissue Slice Cultures. Cancers (Basel). 2020 Feb 26; 12(3).
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  9. Tang S, Bok R, Qin H, Reed G, VanCriekinge M, Delos Santos R, Overall W, Santos J, Gordon J, Wang ZJ, Vigneron DB, Larson PEZ. A metabolite-specific 3D stack-of-spiral bSSFP sequence for improved lactate imaging in hyperpolarized [1-13 C]pyruvate studies on a 3T clinical scanner. Magn Reson Med. 2020 Sep; 84(3):1113-1125.
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  10. Milshteyn E, Reed GD, Gordon JW, von Morze C, Cao P, Tang S, Leynes AP, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB. Simultaneous T1 and T2 mapping of hyperpolarized 13C compounds using the bSSFP sequence. J Magn Reson. 2020 Mar; 312:106691.
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  11. Chen HY, Aggarwal R, Bok RA, Ohliger MA, Zhu Z, Lee P, Gordon JW, van Criekinge M, Carvajal L, Slater JB, Larson PEZ, Small EJ, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Hyperpolarized 13C-pyruvate MRI detects real-time metabolic flux in prostate cancer metastases to bone and liver: a clinical feasibility study. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2020 06; 23(2):269-276.
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  12. Chung BT, Chen HY, Gordon J, Mammoli D, Sriram R, Autry AW, Le Page LM, Chaumeil MM, Shin P, Slater J, Tan CT, Suszczynski C, Chang S, Li Y, Bok RA, Ronen SM, Larson PEZ, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. First hyperpolarized [2-13C]pyruvate MR studies of human brain metabolism. J Magn Reson. 2019 12; 309:106617.
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  13. Barskiy DA, Tayler MCD, Marco-Rius I, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Cikrikci S, Aydogdu A, Reh M, Pravdivtsev AN, Hövener JB, Blanchard JW, Wu T, Budker D, Pines A. Zero-field nuclear magnetic resonance of chemically exchanging systems. Nat Commun. 2019 07 05; 10(1):3002.
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  14. Mammoli D, Gordon J, Autry A, Larson PEZ, Li Y, Chen HY, Chung B, Shin P, Van Criekinge M, Carvajal L, Slater JB, Bok R, Crane J, Xu D, Chang S, Vigneron DB. Kinetic Modeling of Hyperpolarized Carbon-13 Pyruvate Metabolism in the Human Brain. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2020 02; 39(2):320-327.
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  15. Korenchan DE, Gordon JW, Subramaniam S, Sriram R, Baligand C, VanCriekinge M, Bok R, Vigneron DB, Wilson DM, Larson PEZ, Kurhanewicz J, Flavell RR. Using bidirectional chemical exchange for improved hyperpolarized [13 C]bicarbonate pH imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2019 09; 82(3):959-972.
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  16. Autry AW, Gordon JW, Carvajal L, Mareyam A, Chen HY, Park I, Mammoli D, Vareth M, Chang SM, Wald LL, Xu D, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ, Li Y. Comparison between 8- and 32-channel phased-array receive coils for in vivo hyperpolarized 13 C imaging of the human brain. Magn Reson Med. 2019 08; 82(2):833-841.
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  17. Wilson M, Andronesi O, Barker PB, Bartha R, Bizzi A, Bolan PJ, Brindle KM, Choi IY, Cudalbu C, Dydak U, Emir UE, Gonzalez RG, Gruber S, Gruetter R, Gupta RK, Heerschap A, Henning A, Hetherington HP, Huppi PS, Hurd RE, Kantarci K, Kauppinen RA, Klomp DWJ, Kreis R, Kruiskamp MJ, Leach MO, Lin AP, Luijten PR, Marjanska M, Maudsley AA, Meyerhoff DJ, Mountford CE, Mullins PG, Murdoch JB, Nelson SJ, Noeske R, Öz G, Pan JW, Peet AC, Poptani H, Posse S, Ratai EM, Salibi N, Scheenen TWJ, Smith ICP, Soher BJ, Tkác I, Vigneron DB, Howe FA. Methodological consensus on clinical proton MRS of the brain: Review and recommendations. Magn Reson Med. 2019 08; 82(2):527-550.
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  18. Wang ZJ, Ohliger MA, Larson PEZ, Gordon JW, Bok RA, Slater J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Hess CP, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Hyperpolarized 13C MRI: State of the Art and Future Directions. Radiology. 2019 05; 291(2):273-284.
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  19. Walker CM, Fuentes D, Larson PEZ, Kundra V, Vigneron DB, Bankson JA. Effects of excitation angle strategy on quantitative analysis of hyperpolarized pyruvate. Magn Reson Med. 2019 06; 81(6):3754-3762.
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  20. Bok R, Lee J, Sriram R, Keshari K, Sukumar S, Daneshmandi S, Korenchan DE, Flavell RR, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J, Seth P. The Role of Lactate Metabolism in Prostate Cancer Progression and Metastases Revealed by Dual-Agent Hyperpolarized 13C MRSI. Cancers (Basel). 2019 Feb 22; 11(2).
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