Professor Elfar Adalsteinsson is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Professor Adalsteinsson conducts research on medical imaging with magnetic resonance, focusing on optimal methods for acquisition, reconstruction and processing of in vivo imaging data. His interests include techniques for efficient sampling and spatial encoding of spectroscopic magnetic resonance data, whereby small signals, originating, for example, specifically from neurons in the brain, yield information not observed with conventional structural imaging. Applications of these and related methods include a study of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and characterization of Multiple Sclerosis.
Professor Adalsteinsson received a B.S. in 1989 from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and 1995, respectively, from Stanford University. From 1995 until his arrival in RLE, Elfar was with the Lucas Center at Stanford.