Michael Aref

Michael Aref
Michael Aref
Clinical Associate Professor
Clinical Sciences


  • M.D. University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • M.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
  • B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996

Academic Positions

  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 2007 - 2008
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, 2007 - present
  • Visiting Clinical Associate, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - present

Major Consulting Activities

  • Beckman Institute Biomedical Imaging Center Animal Imaging Consultant, 2007

Professional Registrations

  • American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), 2006 - present
  • American College of Physicians (ACP), 2006 - present
  • Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), 2005 - present
  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), 2000
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), 1999 - present
  • American Medical Association (AMA), 1999 - present
  • Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS), 1999 - present

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Konda, S.D., Aref, M., Brechbiel, M., Wiener, E.C., "Development of a tumor targeting magnetic resonance contrast agent utilizing the high affinity folate receptor--work in progress," Invest Radiol. 2000 Jan; 35(1):50-7.
  • Konda, S.D., Aref, M., Wang, S.J., Brechbiel, M., Wiener, E.C., "Specific targeting of folate-dendrimer MRI contrast agents to the high affinity folate receptor expressed in ovarian tumor xenografts, "MAGMA, 2001 May; 12(2-3):104-113.
  • Aref, M., Brechbiel, M., Wiener, E.C.," Identifying tumor vascular permeability heterogeneity with magnetic resonance imaging contract agents," Invest Radiol. 2002 Apr; 37(4):178-92.
  • Aref, M., Handbury, J.D., Ji J..X., Aref S., Weinger E.C., "Spatial and temporal resolution effects on hynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance mammography," Magn Reson Imaging, 2007 Jan; 25(1): 14-34.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Aref, M, Handbury, J.D., Ji, J.X., Bailey, K. L., Liang Z. P., Wiener, E. C. " Effect of reduced encoding kynamic data size on permeability-surface area estimation," Proc. ISMR 12th Annual Meeting. Kyoto, Japan. 2004. p. 2378.
  • Xu, D., Wiener, E.C., Aref, M., Ying, L., Ji, J.X., Liang Z. P, " Integrating parallel imaging with generalized series for accelerated dynamic imaging," Proc. 27th Ann. Intl. Conf. IEEE Engr. in Med. and Biol. Soc. Shanghai, China, 2005. p. 1423.

Service on Department Committees

  • Member, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering Alumni Board, 2006 - present

Service on Campus Committees

  • Faculty Advisor, Goshin Jitsu: Combat Sports and Self-Defense, Registered Student Organization, Division of Campus Recreation Tier B Sports Club, 2007 - present