Faculty Directory
Laleh Rad

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology and (by courtesy) Electrical and Computer Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Rad Research Lab


Biomedical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

PhD in Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

MSc in Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Research Interests

  • Computational electromagnetics in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Developing novel MRI technologies for imaging patients with medical implants
  • Computational modeling of electric and magnetic brain stimulation techniques
  • Deep brain stimulation neuroimaging
  • Neural engineering


Rad Lab is currently looking for postdoctoral fellows with experience in MRI methods and simulations. Applicants should send their CV to laleh.rad1@northwestern.edu

Selected Publications

Nuzov, N.B., Bhusal, B., Henry, K.R., Jiang, F., Vu, J., Rosenow, J.M., Pilitsis, J.G., Elahi, B. and Golestanirad, L., 2023. Artifacts can be deceiving: The actual location of deep brain stimulation electrodes differs from the artifact seen on magnetic resonance images. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 101(1), pp.47-59.

Vu, J., Bhusal, B., Nguyen, B.T., Sanpitak, P., Nowac, E., Pilitsis, J., Rosenow, J. and Golestanirad, L., 2022. A comparative study of RF heating of deep brain stimulation devices in vertical vs. horizontal MRI systems. Plos one, 17(12), p.e0278187.

Nguyen, B.T., Bhusal, B., Rahsepar, A.A., Fawcett, K., Lin, S., Marks, D.S., Passman, R., Nieto, D., Niemzcura, R. and Golestanirad, L., 2022. Safety of MRI in patients with retained cardiac leads. Magnetic resonance in medicine, 87(5), pp.2464-2480.

Vu, J., Nguyen, B.T., Bhusal, B., Baraboo, J., Rosenow, J., Bagci, U., Bright, M.G. and Golestanirad, L., 2021. Machine Learning-Based Prediction of MRI-Induced Power Absorption in the Tissue in Patients With Simplified Deep Brain Stimulation Lead Models. IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, 63(5), pp.1757-1766

Kazemivalipour, E., Bhusal, B., Vu, J., Lin, S., Nguyen, B.T., Kirsch, J., Nowac, E., Pilitsis, J., Rosenow, J., Atalar, E. and Golestanirad, L., 2021. Vertical open‐bore MRI scanners generate significantly less radiofrequency heating around implanted leads: A study of deep brain stimulation implants in 1.2 T OASIS scanners versus 1.5 T horizontal systems. Magnetic resonance in medicine, 86(3), pp.1560-1572.

Makarov, S.N., Golestanirad, L., Wartman, W.A., Nguyen, B.T., Noetscher, G.M., Ahveninen, J.P., Fujimoto, K., Weise, K. and Nummenmaa, A.R., 2021. Boundary element fast multipole method for modeling electrical brain stimulation with voltage and current electrodes. Journal of Neural Engineering, 18(4), p.0460d4.

Bhusal, B., Nguyen, B.T., Sanpitak, P.P., Vu, J., Elahi, B., Rosenow, J., Nolt, M.J., Lopez‐Rosado, R., Pilitsis, J., DiMarzio, M. and Golestanirad, L., 2021. Effect of Device Configuration and Patient's Body Composition on the RF Heating and Nonsusceptibility Artifact of Deep Brain Stimulation Implants During MRI at 1.5 T and 3T. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 53(2), pp.599-610.

Kazemivalipour, E., Keil, B., Vali, A., Rajan, S., Elahi, B., Atalar, E., Wald, L.L., Rosenow, J., Pilitsis, J. and Golestanirad, L., 2019. Reconfigurable MRI technology for low-SAR imaging of deep brain stimulation at 3T: Application in bilateral leads, fully-implanted systems, and surgically modified lead trajectories. NeuroImage, 199, pp.18-29.

Golestanirad, L., Kirsch, J., Bonmassar, G., Downs, S., Elahi, B., Martin, A., Iacono, M.I., Angelone, L.M., Keil, B., Wald, L.L. and Pilitsis, J., 2019. RF-induced heating in tissue near bilateral DBS implants during MRI at 1.5 T and 3T: The role of surgical lead management. Neuroimage, 184, pp.566-576.


Rad, L.G., Wald, L.L. and Bonmassar, G., General Hospital Corp, 2021. Mri-safe implantable leads with high-dielectric coating. U.S. Patent Application 16/970,550.

Rad, L.G., Bonmassar, G. and Pascual-Leone, A., General Hospital Corp, 2021. Systems and methods for ultra-focal transcranial magnetic stimulation. U.S. Patent Application 16/971,080.

Golestanirad, L. and Graham, S.J., Sunnybrook Research Institute, 2016. Electrode designs for efficient neural stimulation. U.S. Patent 9,526,890.