Tracy McKnight, PhD
|Title||Assoc. Professor in Residence|
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||185 Berry Street|
San Francisco CA 94143
|American Society of Neuroradiology||2007||Outstanding Presentation Award|
|Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Colloquium, San Francisco||2006||Keynote Address|
|American Society of Neuroradiology||2001||Outstanding Presentation Award|
|National Institutes of Health Diagnostic Oncology||1998||Training Fellowship|
|National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular and Neurophysiology||1994||Training Fellowship|
|University of California, Davis||1991||Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship|
Tracy R. McKnight, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Residence, Director of the Center for Molecular and Functional Imaging Tissue Lab, and Co-Chair of the Safety and Compliance Committee in the Department of Radiology. Also, she is the Director of the UCSF – Tuskegee Summer Internship in Bioengineering and she is Co-Director of the UCSF Tumor Microenvironment Network Imaging and Tissue Procurement Core in Neurosurgery. Dr. McKnight received her BS in Physics from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1988, and she obtained her MS in Physics from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York, in 1990. She completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1998, followed by a visiting postdoctoral scholar at UCSF.
Dr. McKnight’s research program is focused on improving the monitoring and treatment of patients with brain tumors through the use of advanced imaging technologies. A primary goal of her research is to investigate the biomedical mechanisms associated with the malignant progression of brain tumors using techniques that can be incorporated into patient management tools. Dr. McKnight’s recent research program is the study of cell and animal models of glioma. The purpose of this study is to probe the relationship between MR signals and subcellular mechanisms involved in tumor progression, and to characterize the structural and fluid mobility properties of tumors.
Dr. McKnight is a member of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Society of Neuroradiology. Dr. McKnight is a member of several UCSF committees and departmental committees, and she is a reviewer for five scientific journals. She has 27 published articles and she has written 26 peer-reviewed articles, 45 abstracts, and 5 significant publications.
Neuroradiology and Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery, brain tumors, MRS
Cancer, magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, brain tumor, tumor biology, cancer progression, metabolism
Education and Training:
• Bachelor of Science: Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia - Physics
• Masters of Science: Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York - Physics
• Doctor of Philosophy: University of California, Davis - Biomedical Engineering
• Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar: University of California, San Francisco Department of Radiology
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