Thao Tran BSc, ARMRIT

Thao Tran, MSc, RT (MR), MRSO (ABMRS)

Director of Imaging Operations

Research Focus

Thao Tran received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from UCLA in 2002 and began working at HMRI’s Imaging Center in 2003 as a Research Associate through the Rudi Schulte Research Institute fellowship. Thao was trained in MR spectroscopy by world-renowned expert Dr. Brian Ross and has developed her skills over the years. She recently received her Master of Science in Applied Science of MRI from Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, U.K. She has presented her research in MRS at multiple prestigious annual scientific meetings. Over the last 14 years, she has been invited by General Electric to train radiologists, clinicians, physicists and technologists all over the world in MRS acquisition through the GE Masters Courses. In 2016, she successfully restarted this training course and will continue to host and facilitate a joint GE-HMRI Multinuclear Spectroscopy (MNS) Course every two years at HMRI, with the next one scheduled for April 20-23, 2018 and will take place in HMRI’s new biomedical research facility as well as the Imaging Center.

In 2014, Thao successfully passed the certification exam for MR technologists through the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). She is currently responsible for day-to-day clinical operations as well as all research studies being conducted at the Imaging Center. In addition, she maintains the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation for the MR scanner and is a certified Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer (MRSO).

In December 2017, Thao received her Masters of Science in Applied Science of MRI at the Medical Science College of Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford, U.K.).

Currently, Thao is focusing her research in MR Spectroscopy, applying the advanced technique to clinical and research studies in pediatric traumatic brain injury, HIV, hepatic encephalopathy, brain tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases.