Matthew Rosen, PhD ’88

By May 6, 2020 Alumni Spotlight
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Professor Matthew Rosen ‘88 is a Harvard physicist and a modern-day tool-builder. His research bridges the spectrum from fundamental physics to applied bio-imaging, and for the last seven years, he has been leading a program in his laboratory to develop tools and techniques for inexpensive implementations of MRI with a focus on brain imaging. One aspect of this work has led to a prototype human brain scanner that operates at an ultra-low magnetic field. This device has allowed Matt and his team to establish a proof of principle for high performance, low-cost, and potentially clinically relevant portable applications of MRI.

Recently, Matt was featured in a piece by Carl Zimmer and his team at the Boston Globe/STAT. Matt shares, “This gives one a feeling for what it is like to work in an active experimental physics lab building new tools and techniques for health care.”

Matt holds a BS (Physics) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD (Physics) from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the Director of the Low Field MRI and Hyperpolarized Media Laboratory at the MGH/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston, MA. He fondly remembers digging clams from Stony Brook Harbor during his years at Knox, which he sold commercially for many years through “Matt and Ben’s Delicious Clam Company” that he co-founded with Ben Eriksen ’90 in 1986.

Matt was recently appointed to The Knox School Board of Trustees, as an advocate for growth and development at our Home Beside the Shore. We are sincerely grateful for his expertise and leadership and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.

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The Low Field MRI and Hyperpolarized Media Laboratory at the MGH/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston, MA. To learn more about Matt’s lab, see http://rosenlab.org. You can also follow him on Twitter @Rosenlab, and on Instagram @Rosenlab.

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