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L Tugan Muftuler, PhD

L. Tugan Muftuler, PhD



  • Neurosurgery
    8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53226


Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA, 1997-1998
PhD, Electrical Electronics Engineering, Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1996
MSc, Electrical Electronics Engineering, Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1990
BSc, Electrical Electronics Engineering (Specialized on RF and Microwave eng.), Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1987


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.

Honors and Awards

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.

Research Experience

  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Echo-Planar Imaging
  • Intervertebral Disc
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Spine

Methodologies and Techniques

  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted

Leadership Positions

  • Director of MR engineering and MREIT division, University of California, Irvine

Educational Expertise

  • Electronics
  • Electronics, Medical
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Research Interests

Primary research areas

  • Fast imaging techniques using non-Cartesian sampling methods
  • Quantitative MRI to study intervertebral disc degeneration
  • Advanced diffusion MRI techniques applied to concussion and aging studies

Current research

  • Neuroimaging
  • Quantitative MRI of the spine
  • Pulse sequence and RF coil developments
  • MR based Electrical Impedance Tomography