Thao Tran studied Biology, Ecology and Evolution at UCLA and graduated in 2002. She began working at HMRI’s MR Lab in 2003 as a Research Associate through the Rudi Schulte Research Institute fellowship. With the departure of Alex Lin, she was promoted to Director of Clinical Services in 2010, a position she currently still fulfills. Thao was trained in MR spectroscopy by Dr. Brian Ross and Alexander Lin and has developed her skills over the years. She has used this expertise to train radiologists, clinicians, physicists and technologists all over the world in MRS acquisition through the GE Masters Courses through the years.
In 2014, Thao successfully passed the certification exam for MR technologists through the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) and is now also the Senior Technologist at the MR lab. She was responsible for the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation for the MR scanner that allows the MR Lab to continue its clinical program. Thao is responsible for all MR examinations of clinical patients and research participants as well as all the data analysis required.
Thao is currently working on the Alzheimer’s research project, in collaboration with Dr. Harrington and the Molecular Neurology lab. She also learned how to acquire data on the magnetoencephalogram (MEG) for the Traumatic Brain Injury research project. Her other research interest is in cardiovascular MR and she is working alongside Dr. Niema Pahlavan in his clinical study to establish a new non-invasive method to measure heart performance.