• Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Undergraduate Programs, Biomedical Engineering
Mary P. McDougall

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University – 2004

Research Interests

  • Research areas: Biomedical imaging, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, biomedical devices, biosensors

    Dr. Mary Preston McDougall's 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.

    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.