Ellingson Lab



UCLA Brain Tumor Imaging Laboratory (BTIL), is part of the Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers, and a member of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program. Our research involves the development, testing, and implementation of advanced MRI and PET imaging biomarkers for the characterization of brain tumor biology and response evaluation in clinical trials. 


Research Interests

  • Image protocol standardization and quality control for multicenter clinical trials in brain tumors

  • Imaging biomarkers for novel brain tumor therapies - Diffusion, perfusion, and functional imaging in brain tumors

  • Radiogenomics, high-dimensional image processing and analysis in multicenter clinical trials in brain cancer

  • Multimodal image processing and analysis regarding neurodegenerative disease

  • Voxelwise spatiotemporal modeling of brain tumors using serial imaging

  • Advanced MRI and PET techniques for brain tumor treatment evaluation, characterization, visualization, and quantification.

  • Deep Learning and Computer Vision techniques applied in medical imaging research


For a full list of our publications, please visit http://cvib.ucla.edu/btil/publications/ 


Lab Members


Benjamin Ellingson, Ph.D., M.Sc

Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Physics, Psychiatry, & Bioengineering

Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Imaging Laboratory (BTIL),

Co-Director of the Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers


Lab Manager | Research Programmer

Catalina Raymond, MSc.


Assistant Project Scientist

Leo Wang, Ph.D.


Associate Researcher / Visiting Scholars

Mark Bydder, Ph.D.

Hiroyuki Tatekawa, Ph.D.

Akifumi Hagiwara,Ph.D.

Satoka Shidoh, Ph.D.


Resident Physicians

Kunal Sanatkumar Patel, M.D.

Azim Laiwalla, M.D.


Ph.D. / Master’s Students

Jingwen Yao, MSc.

Talia Oughourlian, B.S.

Nicholas Cho, B.S., Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)

Siyuan Wei, B.S.


Administrative / Research Associate Staff

Alexander Pham, B.S.

Sarah Chun, B.A.

Rodriguez-Mena Eloisa



Joseph Tsung, MSc., Sep 2018 – Jun 2020

Arart Chakhoyan, Ph.D., Jan 2018 – Dec 2019

Davis Woodworth, Ph.D., Sep 2011 – Jun 2018

Robert Harris, Ph.D., Mar 2011 – Apr 2016

Kevin Leu, Ph.D.