Research in the McKenzie Lab focuses on the development of new MRI image acquisition and reconstruction techniques, with a particular focus on MRI during pregnancy. We are developing new methods for direct imaging of fetal and placental metabolism, in addition to techniques for detecting the consequences of metabolic dysfunction during pregnancy.
Trainee's in the lab come from a wide variety of basic and applied science disciplines, including biophysics, physics, computer science, biochemistry, physiology and biomedical engineering. Work in the lab occurs in both research and clinical settings around London, including the main Western campus, the Children's Health Research Institute and London Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. Charles McKenzie is an Associate Professor of Medical Biophysics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University, a position he has held since 2007. He is currently the Canada Research Chair in Translational Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research and holds Associate Scientist appointments at the Children's Health Research Institute, Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. He completed postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School (1999-2001) following his doctoral work in Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario (1993-1999).
His research primarily focuses on the development of coil arrays, pulse sequences and image reconstruction techniques for use in rapid MRI imagine acquisition. He has applied the technologies he has developed to a variety of applications, most recently focusing on quantitative measurement of body composition and liver steatosis in adults, children and the fetus. He is also leading an effort to develop MRI methods for metabolic imaging in the abdomen, placenta and fetus.