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Mark Does, Ph.D., has received a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation. photo by Daniel Dubois

Imaging research leads to CAREER award for Does

BY: KAYLA GREGORY

7/15/2005 - Mark Does, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology & Radiological Sciences and director of the Center for Small Animal Imaging, was recently presented with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation for his research in MRI tissue characterization methods.

The award is for a total of $400,000, and is issued for the next five years.

Does works primarily in small animal imaging, studying the biological basis of image contrast. His research seeks to improve diagnoses using MRI, because the better imaging is understood, the more accurate the available diagnoses.

Does says he is happy to receive the award, which reflects the department's commitment to research and education.

“I feel fortunate to work for a well-equipped, well-organized imaging center. I'm just glad to be a part of it.”

Martin P. Sandler, M.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Carol and Henry Pendergrass Chair in Radiology, said that “Mark is very deserving of this award. He represents a strong model for the future of imaging science. We look forward to his future career as a scientist, researcher and teacher.”

The National Science Foundation grants the CAREER award to recognize young teacher-scholars who integrate research and education as part of their commitment to an organization. The research outlined in the grant proposal will begin later this summer and will continue for approximately five years.

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