• Director of Undergraduate Programs
  • Associate Professor
Mary P. McDougall

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Research Interests

  • Dr. Mary Preston McDougall is an associate professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Her research is dedicated to creating hardware-based solutions to extend the capabilities of magnetic resonance imaging & spectroscopy (MRI/MRS), providing previously inaccessible approaches to understanding disease.

    Dr. McDougall’s group is working to develop hardware and techniques for imaging and spectroscopy of humans at high magnetic fields, where the increased signal offers access to previously unexplored aspects of disease, but where it becomes challenging to work with the associated higher frequencies in the human body. 

    Her lab also applies parallel imaging technology to increase the sensitivity of imaging and spectroscopy experiments. This increase can be used to explore low-abundance chemicals in the body to characterize disease, or it can be used to speed the acquisition time of MR imaging in order to extend MRI into areas where it has previously been too slow to have an impact.

Selected Publications

  • M.P. McDougall and S.M. Wright, “A Parallel Imaging Approach to Wide-field MR Microscopy”, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 68(3), pp. 850-6, September 2012.
  • K. Feng, N.A. Hollingsworth, M.P. McDougall, S.M. Wright, “A 64 Channel 100 Watt Parallel Transmitter for Investigation of Parallel Transmit MRI,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 59(8), pp. 2152-60, August, 2012.
  • C.W. Chang, K.L. Moody, M.P. McDougall, “An improved element design for 64-channel planar imaging,” Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part B: Magnetic Resonance Engineering, vol. 39B, pp. 159-165, July, 2011.
  • C. Koo, R. Godley, J. Park, M.P. McDougall, S.M. Wright, A. Han, “A Magnetic Resonance (MR) Microscopy System using a Microfluidically Cryo-Cooled Planar Coil,” Lab on a Chip, 11(13), 2197 – 2203, June 2011.
  • M.P. McDougall, S.M. Wright, “64-Channel Array Coil for Single Echo Acquisition (SEA) MRI,” Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2005;54(2):386-392.