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.

Jourdan Brune, veterinary student

Jourdan is a visiting veterinary student researcher from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington in 2011. After graduating she worked as a veterinary technician with the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington. Working as a veterinary technician solidified her decision to pursue a veterinary medical degree and a career in comparative medicine research. As a Seattle native Jourdan is addicted to coffee and is an avid Seattle Sounders FC fan.

Meghana Golla, undergraduate student

Meghana's biography will be up soon!

Melissa Jenkins, B.S., Clinical Research Assistant

Melissa's autobiography is coming soon!

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.


Previous Lab Members

  • Melody Lin, M.S., clinical research assistant, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Max Liu, A.B., medical student, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Jaewon Yang, M.S., doctoral student, Yonsei University, Korea
  • 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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