Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Kristin O'Grady, Ph.D.

Research Instructor

Contact Information
(615) 322-8835


I am interested in translating quantitative MR techniques to the clinic to better understand the pathological changes associated with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis.


My research is focused on developing quantitative MR methodologies including CEST and quantitative magnetization transfer for the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve.


K.M. Poole, C.E. Nelson, R.V. Joshi, J.R. Martin, M.K. Gupta, S.C. Haws, T.E. Kavanaugh, M.C. Skala, & C.L. Duvall. "ROS-responsive microspheres for on demand antioxidant therapy in a model of diabetic periph

K.M. Poole, D.R. McCormack, C.A. Patil, C.L. Duvall, & M.C. Skala. "Quantifying the vascular response to ischemia with speckle variance optical coherence tomography." Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 4118-4130, 2014.

K.M. Poole, J.M. Tucker-Schwartz, W.W. Sit, A.J. Walsh, C.L. Duvall, & M.C. Skala. "Quantitative optical imaging of vascular response in vivo in a model of peripheral arterial disease." American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology, vol. 305, no. 8, pp. H1168-H1180, 2013.

S. Burra, D.P. Nicolella, W.L. Francis, C.J. Freitas, N.J. Mueschke, K.M. Poole, & J.X. Jiang. "Dendritic processes of osteocytes are mechanotransducers that induce the opening of hemichannels." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 107, no. 31, pp. 13648-13653, 2010.