Dr. Joseph Rispoli

Areas of Research

Radiofrequency Coils, Computational Electromagnetics, MRI Methodology, Neurotrauma, Breast Cancer


The Magnetic Resonance Biomedical Engineering Lab (MRBEL), led by Dr. Joseph Rispoli, develops and applies novel technology and methodologies to better exploit magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy for clinical and research use. The increased NMR sensitivity inherent at higher magnetic fields can produce richly-detailed anatomic, functional, and metabolic information that advances our understanding of physiology and disease. MRBEL research presently focuses on radiofrequency (RF) coil design, in vivo spectroscopy of multiple nuclei, and computational modeling of RF fields in the human body.

Dr. Rispoli is a core faculty member of the Purdue Neurotrauma Group (PNG), committed to improving the early detection and rapid treatment of possible impairment. By incorporating cutting-edge MRI sequences into PNG’s longitudinal studies of collision-sport athletes and military veterans, MRBEL aims to elucidate the molecular biomarkers indicating the presence and degree of sub-concussive injury and mTBI.

Dr. Rispoli is also a member of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research (PCCR), facilitating ongoing collaborations with medical scientists to study breast cancer biology using emerging high-field MRI techniques.

MRBEL collaborates with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Iowa to perform human research on ultra-high-field MR scanners and has an ongoing collaboration with GE Healthcare on cutting-edge RF coil design.

MRBEL graduate students have ample opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally for professional development, and Dr. Rispoli strongly encourage active participation and attendance at the leading international research conferences each year.

Recruitment Needs

2 PhD students starting Fall 2021 or sooner, with focus on electromagnetic modeling and/or RF coil design and fabrication.

Feel free to contact Dr. Rispoli directly.

Email: jrispoli@purdue.edu