Biomedical imaging is essential for a better understanding, monitoring, and predicting the prognosis of neurologic diseases. In particular, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers non-invasive quantification of clinically relevant tissue properties. Dr. Cho’s lab focuses on developing novel biophysics modeling and data processing in MRI to quantify such properties, notably cerebral oxygen extraction fraction (OEF). As OEF is the percentage of oxygen that tissue extracts from blood, it serves as a direct biomarker for accessing vascular health and investigating the mechanisms behind neurologic disorders. Moreover, Dr. Cho’s lab applies this quantification technique to study neurologic disorders, including stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors.