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Adrienne Dula, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Vanderbilt University


Adrienne Dula, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. Her training has focused on the application of fundamental engineering principles to solve quantitative physical problems, particularly using magnetic resonance imaging. She has an extensive background in development and application of advanced magnetic resonance neuroimaging methods and is interested in translational techniques with the ability to relay specific information on tissue anatomy, microstructure or biochemistry that can be implemented in the clinic.

Dula’s lab is working to create a neuroimaging repository of acute stroke clinical and imaging data acquired in a standardized manner within the Lone Star Stroke Research Consortium in concert with development of robust image processing pipelines. These imaging and clinical data will allow evaluation at the population level to enable inter-subject comparison and geometric characterization of complex factors impacting the unique stroke risk and severity present in women.

Dula’s goal is to establish a pipeline for translation of imaging methods for assessment and prognosis of patients whether in the clinic or in clinical trials. She is not the typical engineering type and love working with groups and clinical teaming to solve biomedical problems. She enjoys collaborations that help establish the knowledge breadth necessary to drive curiosity in the field of stroke research as well as those that allow me to apply my imaging expertise to help solve broader clinical questions.

Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Women Engineers
    President 2002, Women in Academia Committee 2018-Present
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • American Heart Association
  • World Stroke Congress
Awards & Honors
  • Editor's Pick
    Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2013
  • Vanderbilt Clinical and Translational Scholar Award
    Vanderbilt University, 2011
  • The Elliot Newman Society
    Scholar, 2011
  • White Matter Study Group Poster Competition
    ISMRM, 2010
  • Best Poster Presentation by Young Author, Finalist
    ACTRMS, 2010