Uwe Himmelreich (°1965) has studied physical chemistry. He has more than 25 years of research experience in magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. He is the coordinator of the KU Leuven
core facility Molecular Small Imaging Center (MoSAIC) with approximately 150 users. As the head of the Biomedical MRI unit, Department of Imaging and Pathology, he is currently the promoter of 4 MSc students and 8 PhD students. His main research interest is the development of methods for the non-invasive characterization of tissue and experimental disease models. Hereby, the development and validation of novel imaging approaches, in particular for multimodal imaging, is one research area of the group. The group is also experienced in the development of cell imaging approaches, including the development of targeted contrast agents (for example for liver cell imaging but also in oncology) and in vivo stem cell imaging. He has published more than 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Degrees & Academic Background
• Master in Physical Chemistry (Dipl. Chem. 1989), University of Leipzig, Germany.
• PhD (Dr. rer. nat., 1994), University of Leipzig, Germany
• Professor and Head of Biomedical NMR unit, Department of Imaging and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine/
School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium.
• Coordinator of the Molecular Small Animal Imaging Center, University of Leuven, Belgium.
• 1989-1993: Research Fellow, Dept. Chemistry, University of Leipzig, Germany
• 1993-1994: Research Fellow & Manager of NMR facility, Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle/ Saale,
• 1994-1996: Postdoctoral Fellow (DFG), Dept. Biochemistry, Sydney Uni, Australia
• 1996-1997: Research Fellow, Dept. Biochemistry, University of Sydney, Australia
• 1997: Research Officer, Dept. Physiology, James Cook Uni, Townsville, Australia
• 1997-1999: Senior Research Officer and Head of MR Spectroscopy, Institute for Magnetic Resonance
Research, University of Sydney
• 1999-2003: Lecturer, Dept. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, University of Sydney
• 2000-2003: Director of Spectroscopy, Inst. for Magnetic Resonance Research, Sydney
• 2002-2003: Senior Research Fellow, Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Hospital,
• 2004-2007: Senior Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, Germany
• 2007-2011: Associated Professor (Hoofddocent), Department of Imaging and Pathology, Faculty of
Medicine, University of Leuven, Belgium.