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Laleh Rad

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


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

Email Laleh Rad


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
  • Computational modeling of electric and magnetic brain stimulation techniques
  • Deep brain stimulation neuroimaging
  • Neural engineering 


Rad Lab is currently looking for postdoctoral fellows and students. Applicants should send their CV to laleh.rad1@northwestern.edu

Selected Publications

    Golestanirad, B. Keil, G. Bonmassar, L. Angelone, A. Mareyam, and Lawrence L. Wald, “Feasibility and safety of using linearly polarized rotating birdcage transmitters and closefitting receive arrays in MRI to reduce SAR in the vicinity of deep brain stimulation implants”, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2017, Vol. 77(4):1701-1712

    Golestanirad, M. I. Iacono, B. Keil, L. M. Angelone, G. Bonmassar, M. D. Fox, T. Herrington, E. Adalsteinsson, C. LaPierre, A. Mareyam, and L. L. Wald, “Construction and modeling of a reconfigurable MRI coil for lowering SAR in patients with deep brain stimulation implants”, NeuroImage, 2017, Vol 147:577-588

    Golestanirad, L. M. Angelone, M. I. Iacono, H. Katnani, L. L. Wald, and G. Bonmassar, “Local SAR near deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes at 64 MHz and 127 MHz: A simulation study of the effect of extracranial loops” Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2017, Vol 78(4):1558-1565.

    Golestanirad, Behzad Elahi, Alberto Molina, Juan Mosig, Claudio Pollo, and Simon J. Graham, “Analysis of fractal electrodes for efficient neural stimulation”, Frontiers in Neuroengineering, 6:3, 2013.

    C. E. McElcheran, B. Yang, L. Golestanirad, S. J. Graham, “Investigation of Parallel Radiofrequency Transmission for the Reduction of Heating in Long Conductive Leads in 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging”, PLoS one, 10(8): e0134379, 2015.


Electrode Designs for Efficient Neural Stimulation, Laleh Golestanirad, Simon J. Graham - USPatent US20150209577



Patient-adjustable MRI technology for high-resolution imaging of deep brain stimulation

In this NIH-funded multidisciplinary project we seek to develop a state-of-the-art reconfigurable MRI transmit-receive coil system that can be adjusted for individual patients with deep brain stimulation implants to allow for a safe and high-resolution imaging of the target nuclei. The project is an exciting collaboration between Northwestern Department of Radiology, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Institute of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection in Germany.

Students and postdoctoral fellows will have a unique opportunity to work with top-notch scientists, engineers and clinicians in diverse fields including RF instrumentation, medical physics, neurology, and neurosurgery as well as interacting with medical device regulatory experts in the FDA.

Computational methodologies for safety assessment of MRI in patients with deep brain stimulation implants

This NIH-funded project aims to develop computational methodologies and allow, for the first time, an accurate estimation of RF heating during MRI of patients with deep brain stimulation implants.  As a first step, we will develop a repository of 20 patient-derived realistic models of DBS leads that incorporate unprecedented detailed features of lead structures and trajectories registered in a high-resolution model of the human head and neck. We will then use these patient-derived models and perform full-wave electromagnetic simulations to calculate temperature increases in brain tissue during MRI scans at 1.5 T and 3.0 T.

This project is a close collaboration between Northwestern Department of Radiology and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Students and postdocs will have a great opportunity to visit FDA facilities and interact with experts in the division of medical devices.

Micro-TMS Technology for Ultra-Focal Brain Stimulation

This project is a collaboration between Rad Lab at Northwestern and Analog Brain Imaging Laboratory at Harvard Medical School to develop a new generation of ultra-focal transcranial magnetic stimulation devices (μTMS) for non-invasive stimulation of human cortex. We will establish and optimize the design of μTMS elements and their integration into multi-coil arrays, and demonstrate their safe utilization in humans for superior resolution in noninvasive cortical mapping and multifocal probing of cortico-cortical interactions.

Student will have a great opportunity to learn and apply advanced computational methodologies to simulate field-tissue interactions for μTMS design and optimization.