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.

Professional and Academic Experience

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada 1993-1999

Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics, Granted in March, 1999
Supervisors: Dr. F. S. Prato and Dr. D. J. Drost
Thesis Title: Fast Acquisition Relaxation Mapping (FARM)
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 1987-1993

B.Sc. in Physics (Honours, Co-operative Education Option), Granted in June, 1993
Post Graduate Training
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, USA 1999-2001

Post Doctoral Fellow in Rapid Imaging
Supervisor: Dr. Daniel K. Sodickson

Employment History
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada 2007- present

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics
Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA, USA 2001-2007

Instructor, Department of Radiology


Associate Professor of Medical Biophysics


Associate Professor - Department of Medical Biophysics, Western University
Associate Scientist - Lawson Health Research Institute
Associate Scientist - Children’s Health Research Institute
Associate Scientist - Robarts Research Institute

Biomedical Engineering Program - Western University
Department of Medical Imaging - Western University


Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Medical imaging and diagnostics

Research Overview

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.



MRI, Hyperpolarised MRI, Pregnancy, Fetus, Metabolic Imaging


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