Mark Wagshul, PhD

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2013 HA/RSRI Award Recipient

Title: Associate Professor

Institution: The Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Study Title: MR Elastography: A non-invasive tool for the management of shunted pediatric hydrocephalus


Dr. Wagshul is an Associate Professor in the department of radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Wagshul received a BA in physics from Rutgers University and a PhD in physics from Harvard University.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Standards and Technology. He received the 2013 HA/Rudi Schulte Research Institute research award for his study, MR Elastography: A non-invasive tool for the management of shunted pediatric hydrocephalus.

His proposed project utilizes the noninvasive MRI-based technique, magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) to determine the role which brain compliance plays in pediatric hydrocephalus. The overall goal of the project is to improve the knowledge of the role brain elastance plays in hydrocephalus, which will hopefully drive the development of alternative treatments for split ventricle.

Research Topics

Quantitative flow imaging, hydrocephalus, animal models of disease, multiphoton confocal microscopy, MS, MR spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, volumetric analysis, MRI pulse sequence development


Y. Li, H.J. Yu, M.E. Wagshul, L.B. Krupp, M. Maletic-Savatic, P.M. Djuric , “The Limits of Detection and Estimation of a Biomarker from Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Data”, in preparation (2012).

L.K. Vingara, H.J. Yu, M.E. Wagshul, D. Serafin, C. Christodoulou, I. Pelczer, L.B. Krupp, M Maletić-Savatić, “Metabolomics approach to human brain spectroscopy identifies associations between clinical features and the frontal lobe metabolome in multiple sclerosis”, under revision for Neuroimage (2013).

R.A. Bhadelia, Neel Madan, Y. Zhang, M.E. Wagshul, C. Heilman, J.P. Butler, S. Patz, “Physiology-based MRI Assessment of CSF Flow at the Foramen Magnum with a Valsalva Maneuver”, AJNR (2013).

M.E. Wagshul, S. Sin, K. Shifteh, M.L. Lipton, R. Arens, “Novel Retrospective, Respiratory-Gating Method Enables 3D, High Resolution, Dynamic Imaging of the Upper Airway during Tidal Breathing”, Mag Reson Med (2013).

H.J Yu, C. Christodoulou, V. Bhise, D. Greenblatt, Y. Patel, D. Serafin, M. Maletic-Savatic, L.B. Krupp, M.E. Wagshul, “Multiple white matter tract abnormalities underlie cognitive impairment in RRMS”, Neuroimage, 59:3713-3722 (2012).

S. Rashid, J.P. McAllister, Y. Yu, M.E. Wagshul, “Neocortical capillary flow pulsatility is not elevated in experimental communicating hydrocephalus”, J Cereb Blood Flow Metab, 32:318-329 (2012).

M.E. Wagshul, P.K. Eide, J.R. Madsen, “The Pulsating Brain: A review of experimental and clinical studies of intracranial pulsatility”, Fluid and Barriers of the CNS, 8:5 (2011).

G. Nagra, M.E. Wagshul, S. Rashid, J. Li, J.P. McAllister, M. Johnston, “Elevated CSF outflow resistance associated with impaired lymphatic absorption in a rat model of kaolin induced communicating hydrocephalus”, CSF Res, 7:4 (2010).

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