Dr. Muftuler’s primary research interest is to develop novel MRI acquisition, processing and analysis techniques to detect pathophysiological changes caused by various diseases. The technologies that are established in Dr. Muftuler’s lab have been used in neuroimaging, musculoskeletal imaging and cancer imaging studies.
Our objective is to establish a strong research program in MRI technology and build productive collaborations with researchers from diverse backgrounds, which is essential to address increasingly complex clinical problems.
Education & Training
BSc in Electrical Electronics Engineering (Specialized on RF and Microwave eng.), Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1987)
M.Sc. in Electrical Electronics Engineering, Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1987 – 1990) High speed, two-frame video data acquisition system for digital subtraction angiography.
Ph.D. in Electrical Electronics Engineering with Y. Ziya Ider, Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1990 – 1996) Measurement of Magnetic Field Generated by Nonuniform AC Current Density Using Magnetic Resonance “Design and construction of a research MRI system”
Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA (1997 – 1998)
Awards & Honors
03/1989 – 06/1989 UNESCO Fellowship for graduate research in MRI (competitive), Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
08/1992 – 10/1996 Scholarships , Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey
03/1997 – 09/1997 NATO B-1 Fellowship for post-doctoral research in the USA, Awarded by NATO, selected by Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (competitive)
2006 – First place award in Engineering Category (competitive): “Head RF Coil Design with Surface Current Density Optimization for SENSE Imaging”, International Society in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
05/13/2014 – First place award in musculoskeletal MRI research (competitive), International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
2015/2016 – Changes in perfusion and duffusion in the endplate regions of degenerating intervertebral discs: a DCE-MRI study (Eur Spine J (2015) 24:2458-2467) has been selected as the best basic science paper in the European Spine Journal in the past year for the GRAMMER European Spine Journal Award 2015/2016.