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Iris Asllani

Research Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

585-475-4924
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Iris Asllani

Research Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Education

B.Sc., University of Tirana (Albania); M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Washington at Seattle

Bio

Dr. Asllani is a Fulbright scholar who received her Master’s in Near-field Microscopy and her Ph.D. in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy from the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from University of Tirana.

Following her graduate work, Dr. Asllani joined Columbia University’s then newly established MRI center where she spearheaded the arterial spin labeling (ASL) fMRI program and became a faculty member of the Department of Radiology.

Currently, Dr. Asllani is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Lead for the Healthcare Application Domain of the Ph.D. Engineering program at RIT. In addition to teaching, she heads the Integrated Neuro-Imaging (INI) Laboratory, which focuses on the development and implementation of multi-modal fMRI methods for applications in neuroscience and clinical research. She also holds research appointments with University of Rochester and Yale University and has research collaborations with imaging centers at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins, and Leiden University Medical Center. For more information about Dr. Asllani’s research, teaching, and outreach activities visit INI’s website: (under development).

Dr. Asllani is a member of the editorial boards of World Journal for Translational Medicine and Healthy Aging Research. As a former Peace Corps Associate Director for Education and a faculty advisor for Engineering World Health (EWH) at RIT, Dr. Asllani’s interests include educating and empowering biomedical engineers to improve healthcare delivery in the developing world.

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Currently Teaching

BIME-499
0 Credits
One semester of paid work experience in biomedical engineering.
BIME-200
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the structures and components of the human body as well as their basic functionality. Essential elements of human anatomy and histology will be presented and students will be encouraged to correlate their structure and function with non-human structures and devices that might be considered as replacements or improvements. Fundamental concepts in biomechanics will be introduced and integrated with relevant topics from physics. Variability in dimensions and the concepts of normal and exceptional ranges of values in terms of populations will be introduced and how they need to be accounted for and accommodated.
BIME-395
0 - 2 Credits
This is a course that will prepare students for an international trip as part of Engineering World Health, they will be stationed in hospitals and assist with repairmen and maintenance of medical equipment and instrumentation. To this end, the course will cover both technical and cultural aspects of the trip, including language and cultural norms. From a technical standpoint, the course will cover the basics of the major types of medical equipment and their operation. The physiology underlying the measurement of each equipment will also be discussed. In addition, the course will focus on the major functional pieces for each instrument, and troubleshooting in the context of a developing country environment. A travel fee is required.
BIME-489
1 - 3 Credits
Topics and subject areas that are not among the courses listed here are frequently offered under the special topics title. Under the same title also may be found experimental courses that may be offered for the first time. Such courses are offered in a formal format; that is, regularly scheduled class sessions with an instructor. The level of complexity is commensurate with a senior-level undergraduate technical course.
BIME-491
1 Credits
Laboratory experiments are conducted to explore and reinforce fundamental principles and concepts introduced in BIME-410 (Systems Physiology I) and BIME-440 (Biomedical Signals and Analysis). The experimental procedures involve measuring results, analyzing and interpreting data and drawing objective conclusions. Emphasis is also placed on proper documentation and effective presentation of findings and results. Laboratory experiments will be conducted to investigate pressure, volume and flow relationships of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems including the inherent variability and dynamic response to perturbations. Signal processing methods will be utilized to address ubiquitous artifacts found in measured physiological signals.

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Journal Paper
Marshall, Randolph S., et al. "Altered Cerebral Hemodyamics and Cortical Thinning In Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis." PLOS One. (2017): 1-14. Print.
Petr, Jan, et al. "Photon vs. Proton Radiochemotherapy: Effects on Brain Tissue Volume and Perfusion." Radiotherapy and Oncology. (2017): 221-231. Print.
Asllani, Iris, et al. "Measurement of Cortical Thickness Asymmetry in Carotid Occlusive Disease." Neuroimage: Clinical. (2016): 640-644. Print.
RS, Marshall, et al. "Dissociation Among Hemodynamic Measures in Asymptomatic High Grade Carotid Artery Stenosis." Journal of Neurological Sciences 367. (2016): 143-147. Print.
N, Doorenweerd, et al. "Decreased Cerebral Perfusion in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients." Neuromuscular Disorders. (2016): 29-37. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Liao, Justin, et al. "Effect of Brain Extraction of Low Resolution Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) fMRI Images on Realignment and Coregistration." Proceedings of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology. Ed. IEEE and EMBS. Piscataway, NJ: EMBS, 2017. Print.
Marshall, Ronald S., et al. "Regional Hypoperfusion is Associated with Cortical Thinning in Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Disease." Proceedings of the International Stroke Conference. Ed. Marc Fisher. Houston, TX: ICS, 2017. Print.
Petr, Jan, et al. "Perfusion Decrease During Radiochemotherapy is Not Fully Explained by Volumetric Gray Matter Changes." Proceedings of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Ed. ISMRM. Concord, CA: ISMRM, 2017. Print.
Chappell, Michael, et al. "Partial Volume Effects in Arterial Spin Labelling: Something to Live with or Correct for?" Proceedings of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Ed. ISMRM. Concord, CA: ISMRM, 2017. Print.
Mutsaerts, Henri J. , et al. "Arterial Spin Labeling Spatial Coefficient of Variation Predicts Carotid Occlusion Side." Proceedings of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology. Ed. Patrick Cozzone. Vienna, Austria: ESMRMB, 2017. Print.
Petr, Jan, et al. "Comparison of Two Methods for Atrophy-Correction in Perfusion Imaging: Partial-Volume Correction Versus Gray-Matter Volume Covariate." Proceedings of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology. Ed. Patrick Cozzone. Vienna, Austria: ESMRMB, 2017. Print.
Mutsaerts, Henri J., et al. "Perfusion Changes Following Elective Surgery In the Elderly." Proceedings of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology. Ed. Patrick Cozzone. Vienna, Austria: ESMRMB, 2017. Print.
Mutsaerts, Henri J., et al. "Explore-ASL: Image Processing Toolbox For Multi-Center ASL Population Analyses." Proceedings of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology. Ed. Patrick Cozzone. Vienna, Austria: ESMRMB, 2017. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Asllani, Iris. "Clinical Applications of Arterial Spin Labeling Perfusion MRI." Perfusion Imaging in Oncological Research. Institut und Poliklinik für Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie. Dresden, Germany. 24 Jun. 2017. Lecture.
Asllani, Iris. "High Field ASL: Advantages and Disadvantages." Seminar Series on High Field MRI. University of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 15 Jul. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Asllani, Iris. "Arterial Spin Labeling perfusion MRI: To PVEc or Not to PVEc?" Radiology Seminar. Imperial College. London, England. 22 Feb. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Asllani, Iris. "Applications of ASL PhysMRI in Aging and Dementia." Clinical Imaging Science Center. University of Brighton-Sussex. Brighton, UK. 21 Nov. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Mutsaerts, Henk-Jan and Iris Asllani. "ASL Spatial CoV Predicts Carotid Occlusion Side." European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology. ESMRMB. Barcelona, Spain. 17 Oct. 2017. Conference Presentation.