Professor Fraser J L Robb PhD

Honorary Professor

GE Healthcare, Inc.
1515 Danner Drive,
Aurora, OH 44202,



I am currently working for GE Healthcare, Inc. as an Engineering Manager within the MRI business on the development of MRI Coils and have been here for more than 15 years.

Prior to that I was a Research Assistant Professor at the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire (USA) working with Professor Harold Swartz working on 1.1GHz resonators and instrumentation for detection of free radicals and measurement of tissue oxygen.

I attended the University of Aberdeen and received a MSc degree in Medical Physics in 1992 and a PhD (1998) studying with Professor David Lurie. I was also employed there as a Research Assistant from 1994 to 1997 working. During this time I was imbued with a fascination for novel imaging methods including PEDRI, LODESR and Field-Cycled MRI.

I also have a BSc degree in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde (1990). I am both a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer registered with the Institute of Physics.

Research Interests:

  • Development of Phased Arrays for Lung, Neonatal and Pediatric MRI
  • Imaging using the Dynamic Nuclear Polarization effect or mechanisms of Hyperpolarization
  • Proton Electron Double Resonance Imaging and LODESR Imaging of free radicals
  • Field-Cycled MRI

Teaching Interests:

I have enjoyed supervising many MSc and PhD projects in conjunction with a variety of institutions especially at University of Sheffield!

I also support the teaching goals on the GE Healthcare’s Advanced Course in Engineering, which has been running for more than 100 years.

Professional Activities:

I am the Chair of ISMRM’s Engineering Study Group for 2015-2016 and active member of the Institute of Physics.

Current Projects:

  • Wireless and Wearable MRI Coils
  • Multinuclear Coils phased arrays and Tx coils
  • Pediatric and Neonatal MRI

Key Publications:

  1. ZhangT, Grafendorfer T, Cheng JY, Ning P, Rainey B, Giancola M, Ortman S, Robb FJ, Calderon PD, Hargreaves BA, Lustig M, Scott GC, Pauly JM, Vasanawala SS. A Semi-flexible 64-channel Receive-only Phased Array for Pediatric Body MRI at 3T Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2016 Sep;76(3):1015-21.

  2. Rao M, Robb F, Wild JM. Dedicated receiver array coil for 1H lung imaging with same-breath acquisition of hyperpolarized 3He and 129Xe gas. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2015 74(1), 291-299.

  3. Park I, Larson PEZ, Tropp JL, Carvajal L, Reed G, Bok R, Robb F, Bringas J, Kells A, Pivirotto P, Bankiewicz K, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ. Dynamic Hyperpolarized Carbon-13 MR Metabolic Imaging of Nonhuman Primate Brain. Magn Reson Med. Jan; 71(1): 19–25, 2014.

  4. Nelson SJ, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Larson PEZ, Harzstark AL, Ferrone M, van Criekinge M, Chang JW, Bok R, Park I, Reed G, Carvajal L, Small EJ, Munster P, Weinberg VK, Ardenkjaer-Larsen JH, Chen AP, Hurd RE, Odegardstuen L, Robb FJ, Tropp J, Murray JA. Metabolic Imaging of Patients with Prostate Cancer Using Hyperpolarized [1-13C]Pyruvate. Science Translational Med. 2013 Aug 14; 5(198): 198ra108.

  5. Zhang T, Chowdhury S, Lustig M, Barth RA, Alley MT, Grafendorfer T, Calderon PD, Robb FJL, Pauly JM, Vasanawala SS. Clinical performance of contrast enhanced abdominal pediatric MRI with fast combined parallel imaging compressed sensing reconstruction. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 Jul;40(1):13-25.

  6. Ohliger MA, Larson PEZ, Bok RA, Shin P, Hu S, Tropp J, Robb F, Carvajal L, Nelson SJ, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Combined parallel and partial fourier MR reconstruction for accelerated 8-channel hyperpolarized carbon-13 in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI). Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 701–713, September 2013.

  7. Nnewihe AN, Grafendorfer T, Daniel BL, Calderon P, Alley MT, Robb F, Hargreaves BA. Custom-fitted 16-channel bilateral breast coil for bidirectional parallel imaging. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 07/2011; 66(1):281-9.

  8. Timmins GS, Robb FJ, Wilmot CM, Jackson SK, Swartz HM. Firefly flashing is controlled by gating oxygen to light-emitting cells. Journal of Experimental Biology 09/2001; 204(Pt 16):2795-80.

  9. Nicholson I, Robb FJ, McCallum SJ, Koptioug A, Lurie DJ. Recent developments in combining LODESR imaging with proton NMR imaging. Phys Med Biol. 1998 Jul;43(7):1851-5.

  10. Nicholson I, Foster MA, Robb FJ, Hutchison JM, Lurie DJ. In vivo imaging of nitroxide-free-radical clearance in the rat, using radiofrequency longitudinally detected ESR imaging. Journal of Magnetic Resonance B. 1996;113(3):256-61.

  11. Nicholson I, Lurie DJ, Robb FJL. The Application of Proton-Electron Double-Resonance Imaging Techniques to Proton Mobility Studies. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Series B 07/1994; 104(3):250-255.

  12. Nicholson I, Robb FJL, Lurie DJ. Imaging Paramagnetic Species Using Radiofrequency Longitudinally Detected ESR (LODESR Imaging). Journal of Magnetic Resonance Series B 07/1994; 104(3):284–288.