Imaging Radiobiology Laboratory

Graves Lab Members

Edward “Ted” Graves, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Member of the Molecular Imaging, Bio-X, and Cancer Biology programs

Ted grew up in the bay area, going to high school in Fremont and college at UC Berkeley.  He did his doctoral research in bioengineering with Sarah Nelson at UCSF studying brain tumor response to radiation therapy with MR spectroscopy.  He then spent two years at Massachusetts General Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow with Ralph Weissleder and Vasilis Ntziachristos, developing fluorescence tomography.  Ted returned to the bay in 2003, defecting from his Cal roots to join the faculty of Radiation Oncology at Stanford.  In addition to his scientific pursuits, Ted has delusions of becoming a rock star and is hopelessly addicted to video games.

Todd Aguilera, M.D., Ph.D., resident

Todd returned to California from Oregon after receiving his BS in Biology at the University of Portland. He received MD and PhD at the University of California San Diego where he continued to pursue a career in cancer receiving his PhD developing probes for imaging and treatment of cancer and found a home in the specialty of radiation oncology. He is a Stanford resident and during his research time aims to combine his expertise to develop targets that can capitalize on the effects of radiation and how it can couple with biology to impact evaluation and management of cancer. Outside of lab, he loves to support his wife, coresidents, and looks for opportunities to escape to the ocean or mountains for recreational activities.

Magdalena Bazalova, Ph.D., instructor

Magdalena came to Stanford by way of the Czech Republic and subsequently McGill University, where she earned her PhD in Physics in 2008.  Magdalena is the lab’s resident expert in Monte Carlo methods and is currently applying these techniques to develop models of small animal x-ray computed tomography and radiotherapy.  Her dream job is to do medical physics research in a self-built cabin at a lake in Canada.

Meghana Golla, undergraduate student

Meghana's biography will be up soon!

Melody Lin, M.S., Clinical Research Assistant

Melody received her B.S. in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego in 2011, where she studied cognitive development in infants. After a brief stint working as a research assistant for the UCSF Sudden Cardiac Death Project, she pursued graduate studies at Georgetown University, earning an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics in 2013. She currently coordinates research studies and provides administrative support for two research groups. Melody plans on entering the medical field and earning an M.D., but if there were suddenly no need for doctors, she would couple two of her other passions and instead, become a traveling musician.

Max Liu, A.B., Medical Student

Max received an AB in Chemistry from Duke University in 2012. As an undergrad, he conducted research in a variety of fields including pathology, biochemistry, and cancer. After graduating, he was a research technician at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and spent a summer in Vietnam working on a clinical trial. He is currently pursuing an MD degree at Stanford. His research focus is on curing cancer, preferably within the next few years. Max enjoys playing table tennis, reading, taking naps in lab, and wearing a stethoscope around his neck.

Marjan Rafat, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow

Marjan earned her PhD at Harvard University in 2012, focusing on the design of cell-adhesive polymeric materials. She made her way to Stanford as a postdoc with the intent of learning more about biology. Far from her chemical and biomedical engineering comfort zone, Marjan currently studies how radiation affects the tumor microenvironment and circulating tumor cell dynamics. When she’s not working on increasing student interest in STEM fields or tackling gender inequality with her Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) group, she can be found searching for new groupons, energy drinks, and excuses to explore San Francisco.

Kevin Smith, B.S., Clinical Research Assistant

Kevin received his B.S. in Biology from Stanford University in 2012, where he completed an honors thesis studying the role that microRNAs play in regulating the social and neural plasticity in an African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni. During undergrad, he also gained experience working with patients in the Stanford Hospital Emergency Department and at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He currently coordinates clinical trials for ongoing translational research conducted by the research group and performs wetlab research. In the future, he plans to attend medical school and eventually become an emergency medicine physician. Kevin also likes to hope to one day dance on stage next to Beyonce.

Marta Vilalta, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow

Marta came to Stanford to join the Graves lab after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Barcelona. In her doctoral work she studied the in vivo behaviour and functionality of mesenchymal stem cells as vehicles for gene therapy of tumours and for tissue regeneration using bioluminescence imaging. Marta's work at Stanford is currently focused on development of a preclinical model in which to study radiotherapy and anti-HIF therapies. She is new to the United States, so in her free time Marta is trying to see as much of this big country as possible. Other than working in the lab, she loves meeting her friends, reading, and chilling out at home with some music and a nice glass of wine.

Jaewon Yang, B.S., doctoral student

Jaewon received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Yonsei University in Korea. He then came across the Pacific Ocean to pursue a Ph.D. in the Electrical Engineering department at Stanford, through the support of the Kwanjeong Educational Foundation (KEF) in Korea. His doctoral work is twofold, focusing on both the use of audiovisual biofeedback to improve respiratory-gated 4D PET imaging, and secondly to develop real-time reconstruction methods for the acquisition of 4D PET data for radiotherapy. Jaewon makes sure to dedicate some quiet time every morning for prayer, and when not at Stanford also tries to squeeze in some exercise including weight training and running.


Previous Lab Members

  • Nicole Ackerman, M.S., doctoral student, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Rehan "Bobby" Ali, D.Phil., postdoctoral fellow, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sandeep Apte, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Parvir Aujla, high school student, Aragon High School, San Mateo
  • Nick Hughes, D.Phil., postdoctoral fellow, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Daveeta Marcellin, B.S., veterinary student, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tony Vega, undergraduate student, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas
  • Ivana Cecic, Ph.D., Senior Director of Science and Technology, Perceptronix Medical Inc., Vancouver, Canada
  • Raja Chatterjee, M.S., Senior Engineer, St. Jude Medical, Dallas, Texas
  • Guoqiang Cui, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, Washington
  • Sanjeev Datta, undergraduate student, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Kathleen Donovan, Veterinary Medicine student, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Michael Dykstra, undergraduate student, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
  • Nic Giaccia, undergraduate student, University of California, Davis
  • Amy Motomura, law student, Stanford University
  • Geoff Nelson, doctoral student, Stanford University
  • J. Matt Noll, engineer, Accuray, Sunnyvale, California
  • Jessica Perez, doctoral student, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Andrew Post, undergraduate student, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Manuel Rodriguez, Ph.D., Research Associate, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • Devin Schellenberg, M.D., Fraser Valley Cancer Centre, Vancouver, Canada
  • Khalila Williams, Veterinary Medicine student, Tuskegee University, Alabama
  • Lan Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Shanghai Institute of Nuclear Research, Shanghai, China
  • Hu Zhou, Ph.D., Medical Physicist, Roseburg Community Cancer Center, Roseburg, Oregon


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