Photo of Steve Conolly circa 2018

Research Expertise and Interest

instrumentation, medical imaging reconstruction, contrast, MRI, Magnetic Particle Imaging

Research Description

Dr. Conolly is a Full Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, where he holds the Montford G. Cook Endowed Chair. He was elected Chair of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering from 2006-2009. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Instruction in BioE at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Conolly specializes in medical imaging and biosensing hardware, with a focus on Magnetic Particle Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. His research group has built all of the Magnetic Particle Imaging scanners now in the USA. MPI shows extraordinary promise as a safe, noninvasive, and quantitative imaging method. MPI biomedical applications include stem cell tracking, perfusion imaging, angiography and cancer imaging. Prof. Conolly has won research support from CIRM, NIH and UC Discovery, the Siebel Foundation and the Keck Foundation.

He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Conolly has 30 patents in various stages of approval, and more than half of these have been licensed by industry. In 2004, Prof. Conolly was a recipient of the prestigious Stanford's Outstanding Inventor award.

Research areas: Low-cost MRI, Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI), tracking CAR-T and CAR-NK and other WBCs  in vivo with MRI and MPI, Immunotherapy, Early stage Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke, diagnosis Cardiovascular disease diagnosis, safe contrast agents, Ventilation-Perfusion Imaging with Zero Radiation for Pulmonary Embolism diagnosis, gut bleed diagnosis without Nuclear Medicine, tracking White Blood Cells to Tumors with zero radiation, medical image reconstruction; medical imaging instrumentation.  Powerful and prudent applications of ML, AI to biomedical challenges like real time monitoring of chronic conditions in an out-patient setting.

In the News

Highlighting Disease by Making the Body Transparent

It’s still some years off, but Steven Conolly aims to see disease in a totally new way. He leads research on an emerging Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) technology that already can peer past tissue or organs to detect disease deep within the body.
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