Gerd Melkus, PhD

MRI Physicist

The Ottawa Hospital Research Associates


Gerd Melkus, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiology with a cross-appointment to the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Melkus obtained his PhD in Physics, specializing in Medical Imaging, from the University of Würzburg, Germany in 2010. Before coming to Ottawa, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research Group and as director of the 7 Tesla preclinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility at the University of California in San Francisco. He joined the Department of Medical Imaging at the Ottawa Hospital in July 2013. Dr. Melkus’ research interests include technical developments and applications of new Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy methods and advance image data processing algorithms. The clinical focus of his work is on musculoskeletal diseases and most notably non-invasive quantitative characterization of cartilage, tendon and muscle tissues.


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