Dr. Park received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering. His doctoral work at Stanford University was focused on technical developments of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) with application to preclinical glioma brain tumor metabolism. Following completion of his Ph.D. in 2012, he broadened his research into advanced biomedical imaging as a postdoctoral research fellow and a research associate in the Department of Radiology at Stanford School of Medicine. 

His research interests have built around 1) the development of novel noninvasive molecular imaging tools to elucidate in vivo metabolism and function of normal and pathological states, 2) the identification of characteristics in metabolic diseases, and 3) the application to translational and clinical investigation.


Graduate School
Stanford University (2009), Electrical Engineering
Graduate School
Stanford University (2012), Electrical Engineering

Research Interest

  • Cancer metabolism
  • Development of hyperpolarized MR spectroscopic imaging methods
  • Metabolic imaging agents
  • Molecular imaging of metabolic diseases
  • Noninvasive assessment of cellular metabolism and tissue characteristics
  • Quantitative neuroimaging techniques


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Assessment of Rapid Hepatic Glycogen Synthesis in Humans Using Dynamic 13C Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
Stender S, Zaha VG, Malloy CR, Sudderth J, DeBerardinis RJ, Park JM, Hepatol Commun 2020 Mar 4 3 425-433
Multimodality Hyperpolarized C-13 MRS/PET/Multiparametric MR Imaging for Detection and Image-Guided Biopsy of Prostate Cancer: First Experience in a Canine Prostate Cancer Model.
Bachawal SV, Park JM, Valluru KS, Loft MD, Felt SA, Vilches-Moure JG, Saenz YF, Daniel B, Iagaru A, Sonn G, Cheng Z, Spielman DM, Willmann JK Mol Imaging Biol 2019 Feb
In vivo assessment of increased oxidation of branched-chain amino acids in glioblastoma.
Suh EH, Hackett EP, Wynn RM, Chuang DT, Zhang B, Luo W, Sherry AD, Park JM Sci Rep 2019 Jan 9 1 340
PKM2 activation sensitizes cancer cells to growth inhibition by 2-deoxy-D-glucose.
Tee SS, Park JM, Hurd RE, Brimacombe KR, Boxer MB, Massoud TF, Rutt BK, Spielman DM Oncotarget 2017 Oct 8 53 90959-90968
Hyperpolarized Sodium [1-(13)C]-Glycerate as a Probe for Assessing Glycolysis in Vivo.
Park JM, Wu M, Datta K, Liu SC, Castillo A, Lough H, Spielman DM, Billingsley KL J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017 May
Real-time in vivo detection of H2O2 using hyperpolarized 13C-thiourea.
Wibowo A, Park JM, Liu SC, Khosla C, Spielman DM ACS Chem. Biol. 2017 Apr
In vivo assessment of intracellular redox state in rat liver using hyperpolarized [1-(13) C]Alanine.
Park JM, Khemtong C, Liu SC, Hurd RE, Spielman DM Magn Reson Med 2017 Mar
Cancer Metabolism and Tumor Heterogeneity: Imaging Perspectives Using MR Imaging and Spectroscopy.
Lin G, Keshari KR, Park JM Contrast Media Mol Imaging 2017 2017 6053879
Metabolite-selective hyperpolarized (13)C imaging using extended chemical shift displacement at 9.4T.
Yang S, Lee J, Joe E, Lee H, Choi YS, Park JM, Spielman D, Song HT, Kim DH Magn Reson Imaging 2016 May 34 4 535-40
Hyperpolarized (13) C-lactate to (13) C-bicarbonate ratio as a biomarker for monitoring the acute response of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) treatment.
Park JM, Spielman DM, Josan S, Jang T, Merchant M, Hurd RE, Mayer D, Recht LD NMR Biomed 2016 May 29 5 650-9

Honors & Awards

  • Clinical Research Grant Award - "In Vivo Imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury Metabolism"
    The Texas Institute of Brain Injury and Repair (2017-2018)
  • Grant Award - "Imaging Mitochondrial Function in Brain of Patients with Mobility Disorders"
    The Mobility Foundation (2017-2018)
  • Magna Cum Laude Award
    International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2016-2016)
  • Gambhir-RSL Grant
    Stanford University (2015-2016)
  • Junior Fellow
    International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2014-2014)
  • Summa Cum Laude Award
    International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2014-2014)
  • Magna Cum Laude Award
    International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2013-2013)
  • Radiology Department Research Funding Award
    Stanford University (2013-2014)
  • Cambridge Culture Foundation Fellowship
    Graduate Scholarship (2007-2009)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2009)