Advanced Imaging Technologist
Over educated and barely credentialed, the self-proclaimed oldest living, practicing MR technologist has spent the past 22 years scanning the gambit of the food chain. His experience ranges from adjusting pots and shimming manually, international meeting presentations on Dynamic Contrast Susceptibility Enhanced Imaging and localized Proton Spectroscopy of children’s brains to currently exploring the wows and woes of a Bruker 7T research system. He enjoys not running or jumping, but, helmet-less pedaling about his neighborhood with his lovely wife on a lady’s bike, complete with basket, mirrors, tassels and a bell.
Kenneth Eaton, PhD
CTSA Staff Scientist
Kenneth Eaton received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, Boston, MA in 1999. In 2006, Ken earned his Ph.D. from the Biomedical Engineering Department of Duke University, the focus of his thesis being computational neural electrophysiology. Later that year, he joined Children's Hospital as a research fellow in the Imaging Research Center. His current research has focused on imaging data analysis, specifically software development, fMRI activation reliability, and DTI tractography.
Business Director - PNRC
Holli is the business director for the Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium and Communication Sciences Research Center. She has bachelors degrees in psychology and sociology and a masters degree in the Department of Education for counseling. She began her first career as a mental health therapist working with children and families and moved into a clinical supervisory position. Her role in management and affinity for numbers led to her current role as business director. Holli is dedicated to supporting the PNRC and CSRC in reaching strategic goals and business objectives.
Advanced Research Engineer - IRC
Wolfgang joined the IRC in 2010 as Advanced Research Engineer. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a German Diplom-Engineer degree in Electrical Engineering with the major in Communication Engineering, both from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. Wolfgang worked at GE Global Research Europe from 2005 until 2010 in MR Research focusing on development of research coils and 3T system components including parallel transmit, high channel phased arrays, and electromagnetic field simulation. Wolfgang is excited to develop pediatric MRI coils and system components to improve children’s health.
Business Manager - IRC
Donna started working at CCHMC in 2000 as the Grant Specialist in Rheumatology. In 2003 she received a promotion to the IRC as the Business Manager where she is responsible for the annual research budget, grant submissions, grants management (pre and post-award), core fee tracking, invoicing, capital projects management, and daily operations. She is currently attending South University to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Information Systems Management. Her goal, once she receives her degree, is to be promoted to Business Director.
Kendall J O'Brien, R.T.
Lead Imaging Research Technologist
Kendall earned his Associates Degree in Radiological Sciences at Northeastern University, and completed his clinical Radiography training at the Boston Medical Center where, upon graduation, he became employed. Shortly thereafter he began pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at Boston University, and recently completed it at the University of Cincinnati after moving to the area in 1997. He joined CCHMC's Radiology department in that same year, and he advanced into the Research Division in 2000. Kendall currently serves as the Lead Imaging Research Technologist in the IRC, providing technical expertise and scanning support for both internal and external investigators.
Administrative Assistant - IRC
Deborah joined the IRC in April of 2007, as an Administrative Assistant. She brings with her years of experience as an Administrator of office management and billing. Her position supports the IRC Faculty and Staff as well as assisting the Business Manager and PI's with grant submissions.
Dr. Ron G. Pratt, PhD
Dr. Pratt is a chemist by training holding a Ph.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Pratt’s thesis primarily focused on applications of solid state NMR techniques to polymers. Soon after receiving his degree, Dr, Pratt realized his true interest was in instrumentation. Dr. Pratt had the good fortune to join the Imaging Research Center in 1999. His responsibilities include keeping the IRC’s research scanners operational.
Research Assistant IV - PNRC
Akhila has been working with the IRC since 2003. She received her BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Madras, India and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, OH specializing in image processing techniques. She has worked in the past on several studies related to musculoskeletal imaging. Currently she plays an important role in the PNRC doing data analysis, Image post-processing etc for several functional MR Imaging studies. She trains graduate students, summer students and post-doctoral fellows on the image processing software developed in our lab.
Imaging Research Technologist
Clinical Research Coordinator III
Lead Study Coordinator
Lisa joined the Imaging Research Center in August of 2005. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. As a clinical research coordinator, Lisa assists IRC faculty and physicians in audiology, cardiology, and rheumatology with their studies.