IBM: Members

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Kyongtae Bae, MD, PhD



Alessandro Furlan, M.D.



Xiang He, PhD

Assistant Professor


Chan-Hong Moon, PhD

Assistant Professor


Tae Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor


Cheng Tao, MD

Research Instructor


Jin-Hong Wang, MD

Research Instructor




Diana Kaya, MD

Research Fellow


Serter Gumus, MD

Research Fellow




Suzanne Burdin

Research Coordinator


Karen Pealer

Research Coordinator


Johana Schafer

Research Coordinator



Other Scholars

Jung-Hwan Kim

Ph.D. Student


Zhiyuan Wu, MD

Visiting Scholar


Hwang Misun, MD



Yinghui Ge, MD

Visiting Scholar



Kyongtae Bae is a radiologist and imaging scientist, has over 145 peer-reviewed journal publications (majority of them as 1st or senior authors) and nine patents, and is responsible for securing over $12 million in NIH grants to pursue his research in the past 10 years. In addition to clinical radiology practice in CT and MRI, Dr. Bae has research interests in applying computer and image processing technology including computer-aided diagnosis to advance clinical translational and imaging biomarker research in a wide range of diseases. Dr. Bae’s Imaging Biomarker Lab specializes in developing and analyzing morphological and functional imaging biomarkers from CT, clinical and high-field MR images. He joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 as a visiting professor from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.
Suzanne Burdin comes to the lab with a background in dental hygiene. She obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh. Suzanne’s primary focus is recruiting subjects for various research studies. Outside of the lab she enjoys running and loves spending time with her family.
Alessandro Furlan obtained his medical degree in 2004 and completed his Radiology residency in 2008 at University of Udine, Udine Italy. During his residency he spent one year of research fellowship at the department of Radiology of University of Pittsburgh. In 2009 he moved to Pittsburgh and spent 2 years as research associate at the IBM lab. In January 2010 he has joined as a clinical instructor the abdominal imaging division, department of Radiology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Alessandro’s main research interests are liver cancer imaging, pulmonary embolism imaging, and high-field functional MR imaging of the kidney.

In his spare time he enjoys taking photographs, running, cooking, and dreaming about a sailing boat and the ocean.
Xiang He, PhD, joined the lab in 2010. My research focuses on functional MRI study in brain and kidney. I’m also interested in qBOLD based measurement of oxygen metabolism in brain and other organs; I received my PhD from System Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. My post-graduate training was in MRI physics at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St Louis.
Diana Kaya obtained her medical degree from the Crimea State University of Medicine, Simferopol, Ukraine in 1998.

She completed her residency in Radiology, Hacettepe Medical School, Ankara, Turkey in 2006. Research interests: abdominal imaging.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling and reading.
Jung-Hwan Kim received his B.S. in physics from Korea University, and is working toward his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jung-Hwan Kim develops MRI RF coils.

In his spare time he enjoys skiing, tennis and golf.
Chan-Hong Moon comes to the lab with a background in Magnetic resonance imaging. He obtained his PhD in Electrical engineering at the KAIST in South Korea.

Chan Hong Moon is interested in high-field MR applications to neuroscience and clinical diseases. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and gardening.
Karen Pealer comes to the lab with a background in clinical research from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she was a cardiovascular technologist working in a cardiac catheterization lab and perfusion (ECMO) at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and is a certified, clinical research coordinator (CCRC) with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Karen works as a research coordinator on the Pulmonary Embolism and Xenon projects which involves recruiting patients, collecting data and regulatory submissions.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, bike riding, photography and her beagle, Sydney.
Johana Schafer (乔安娜) is the study coordinator on several PKD research projects. She obtained her masters in biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working towards an RN degree and enjoys traveling, reading, bicycling , gardening, hiking and other outdoor activities .
Serter Gumus received his medical degree from Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, TURKEY and proceeded to his internship and residency at Selcuk University Meram Faculty of Medicine, Radiology department, Konya, TURKEY

His research interests are Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary Imaging.

Currently working on the following research projects: Semi Automated MR Segmentation Method for Thigh Region, Assessing the Prognosis of Pulmonary Embolism Using Clinical and Imaging Biomarkers (PIPE study)

In his spare time he enjoys Traveling, reading.
Tae Kim received his Ph.D. in Biophysical Science and/Medical Physics from University of Minnesota. He is MR Physicist.

His research focus has been the non-invasive determination of cerebral arterial blood volume (CBVa) and cerebral blood flow (CBF) by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He also has an excellent background in MRI studies of functional imaging.

Cheng Tao (陶琤) obtained her medical degree from the Tongji University in China. She completed her residency in Wuhan Puai Hospital in China.

Cheng’s current projects include studies of abdominal and knee diseases with MRI.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, crafts, hiking, reading and classical music.
Jin Hong Wang obtained her medical degree from the West China University of Medical Sciences in China. After completing her residency in China, she had a career in both radiologic practice and research field.

She was involved in renal carcinoma and cerebral functional MRI research. Her research interests include understanding and predicting process of diseases by using imaging biomarkers.

She enjoys swimming and reading in her spare time.
Zhiyuan Wu obtained his M.D. degree of Radiology from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine in China and works as an attending physician of Radiology in Shanghai Ruijin Hospital. He comes to the lab as a Visiting Scholar from August 2012.

He is involved in pancreatic, liver and renal diseases imaging biomarkers researches.

In his spare time he takes care of his baby, and enjoys fishing.
Misun Hwang is a radiology resident at UPMC with plans to pursue a career in academic radiology. She obtained dual degrees in Music (piano performance) and Biology at Stanford University, and medical degree at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She spent a year in New York doing internship at New York Hospital Queens, prior to joining the UPMC radiology residency program, which she believes is one of the best programs in this country in terms of education, research support, and collegiality.

In her spare time, she enjoys piano composition and improvisation. She also never misses going to the gym unless sick in bed.
Yinghui Ge obtained her M.D. from the West China University of Medical Sciences in China and works as a professor of Radiology in Henan Provincial People’s Hospital. She comes to the lab as a visiting scholar in the following year. Her research interests include both radiologic practice of muscular-skeletal system disease and the correlated research field by using imaging biomarkers and other progressive methods.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and outdoor activities.