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Kirk Feindel

Dr Kirk Feindel

Senior Lecturer (CMCA@Perkins)
Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, Centre for (CMCA)

Contact details
Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA)
The University of Western Australia (M519)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6151 1001
BSc Dalhousie, PhD Alberta
After earning his PhD in Physical Chemistry at The University of Alberta in 2007, Kirk was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship which he completed in rheo-NMR under the auspices of Prof. Sir Paul T Callaghan at Victoria University of Wellington. Kirk returned to Canada in 2009 as an Assistant Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada Institute for Biodiagnostics. In 2014, Kirk relocated to the University of Western Australia as a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis to lead development of collaborative MRI research programs surrounding their new flagship 9.4 T Bruker BioSpec MRI scanner.
Key research
- Endogenous MRI contrast mechanisms
- Characterisation of non-Gaussian diffusion
- In-vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)
- functional MRI (fMRI)
- MR characterisation of polymer membranes

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Recent Publications:
A. Edwards, K.W. Feindel, J.L. Cross, R.S. Anderton, V.W. Clark, N.W. Knuckey, and B.P. Meloni. “Modification to the Rice-Vannucci perinatal hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy model in the P7 rat improves the reliability of cerebral infarct development after 48 hours.” Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 2017, 288, 62-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2017.06.016

H. Rahn, R. Woodward, M. House, D. Engineer, K. Feindel, S. Dutz, S. Odenbach, and T. StPierre. “Calibration standard of body tissue with magnetic nanocomposites for MRI and X-ray imaging.” Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. 2016, 405, 78-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2015.12.030

K.W. Feindel. "Spatially resolved chemical reaction monitoring using magnetic resonance imaging." Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry. 2016, 54, 429-436. DOI: 10.1002/mrc.4179

W. Sadwika, K.W. Feindel, S.I. Hodgetts, S.M. Bunt, A. Wittek, K.S. Miller. “MRI Protocols comparison of in-vivo spinal cord imaging of the Rats for segmentation purposes”. International Journal of Research in Science. 2015, 1, 1-4.

K.W. Feindel. “Can we develop pathology-specific MRI contrast for 'MR-negative' epilepsy?” Epilepsia. 2013, 54(s2), 71-74. DOI: 10.1111/epi.12189

E.L. Mazerolle, J.R. Gawryluk, K.N.H. Dillen, S.A. Patterson, K.W. Feindel, S.D. Beyea, M.T.R. Stevens, A.J. Newman, M.H. Schmidt, and R.C.N. D'Arcy. “Sensitivity to white matter fMRI activation increases with field strength.” PLOS One. 2013, 8, e58130. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058130

P. Ferguson, K.W. Feindel, A. Slocombe, M. MacKay, T. Wignall, B. Delahunt, R.D. Tilley, and I.F. Hermans. “Strongly magnetic iron nanoparticles improve the diagnosis of small tumours in the reticuloendothelial system by magnetic resonance imaging.” PLOS One. 2013, 8, e56572. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056572

S. Cheong, P. Ferguson, K.W. Feindel, I.F. Hermans, P.T. Callaghan, C. Meyer, A. Slocombe, C.H. Su, F.Y. Cheng, C.S. Yeh, B. Ingham, M.F. Toney, and R.D. Tilley. “Simple Synthesis and Functionalization of Iron Nanoparticles for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Angewandte Chemie. 2011, 50, 4206-4209. (“VIP” & back cover article) DOI: 10.1002/anie.201100562

R.C.N. D'Arcy, J.R. Gawryluk, S.D. Beyea, S. Ghosh Hajra, K.W. Feindel, and D.B. Clarke. “Tracking cognitive changes in new-onset epilepsy: Functional imaging challenges.” Epilepsia. 2011, 52(s4), 43-46. DOI: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2011.03152.x

K.W. Feindel and P.T. Callaghan. “Anomalous shear banding: multidimensional dynamics under fluctuating slip conditions.” Rheologica Acta. 2010, 49, 1003-1013. DOI: 10.1007/s00397-010-0470-9

M. Wang, K.W. Feindel, S.H. Bergens, and R.E. Wasylishen. “In situ quantification of the in-plane water content in the Nafion membrane of an operating polymer-electrolyte membrane fuel cell using 1H micro-magnetic resonance imaging experiments.” Journal of Power Sources. 2010, 195, 7316-7322. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2010.05.029

H.L. Tan, K.W. Feindel, and K.M. McGrath. “Shear banding in concentrated Na-caseinate emulsions.” Soft Matter. 2010, 6, 3643-3653. DOI: 10.1039/c0sm00307g

A. Raudsepp, K.W. Feindel, and Y. Hemar. “Shear localization in stirred yoghurt.” Rheologica Acta. 2010, 49, 371-379. DOI: 10.1007/s00397-010-0438-9

G.M. Bernard, K.W. Feindel, and R.E. Wasylishen. “Solid-Sate Phosphorus-31 NMR Spectroscopy of a Multiple-Spin System: An Investigation of a Rhodium-Triphosphine Complex.” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2008, 36, 5552-5563. (“hot article”) DOI: 10.1039/b803596b

K.W. Feindel, S.H. Bergens, and R.E. Wasylishen. “Use of hydrogen-deuterium exchange for contrast in 1H NMR microscopy investigations of an operating PEM fuel cell.” Journal of Power Sources. 2007, 173, 86-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2007.04.079

K.W. Feindel, S.H. Bergens, and R.E. Wasylishen. "The influence of membrane electrode assembly water content on the performance of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell as investigated by 1H NMR microscopy", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2007, 9, 1850-1857. (inside cover article) DOI: 10.1039/b617551a
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Kirk is a Senior Lecturer at The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis. He is the head of the MRI Technique Group and the in-vivo Bioimaging Facility. Through these roles Kirk collaborates widely in the application of MRI and bioimaging to research questions across all fields of science, engineering, and medicine.

Kirk also leads a program of research which focuses on discovery, validation, and translation of endogenous, pathology-specific MRI contrast.
Funding received
2016 NH&MRC Equipment Grant $49,694, K.W. Feindel (CI), D. Sampson, J. Pillow, L. Hool, C. Wyrwol, M. Fitzgerald, J. Rodger, S. Hodgetts, B. Robinson, G. Yeoh, R. Ganss, J. Hamzah, G. Lee, S. Lansley, R. Endersby, B. Meloni. Increasing in-vivo physiological monitoring capability in UWA’s flagship preclinical 9.4 T MRI facility.

2016 Edith Cowan University Early Career Research Grant $27,900, T. Cruickshank (CI), K. Feindel, R. Newton, M. Ziman. The effect of multidisciplinary therapy on neurodegeneration and clinical decline in Huntington's disease individuals before the onset of diagnosable symptoms.

2015-2016 Neurotrauma Research Program $97,869, CI: Smith AI: Dunlop, Iyer, House, Feindel - Using nanotechnology to prevent localised, as well as remote, inflammation and breakdown of the blood brain barrier following neurotrauma

2015 - Cancer Council Western Australia, $100,000, J. Hamzah (CI), R. Ganss, E. Ruoslahti, G. Yeoh, M. Chopra, K. Feindel. Breaking the tumour stiffness to improve anti-cancer therapy.

2007, 2008 - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship ($80k CND)
Industrial relevance
- High-field MRI investigations of e.g., reverse osmosis membrane systems, proton-exchange membrane systems
- non-invasive, in-situ characterisation of fluid dynamics
- fluid bed reaction monitoring
Australia and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG)
Previous positions
2013-2016 - Affiliated Scientist, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Capital Health, Halifax, NS Canada
2013 - Research Scientist - Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC), IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS Canada
2012-2015 - Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS Canada
2012-2015 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS Canada
2011-2014 - Scientific Staff - Department of Paediatrics, Division of Neurology, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS Canada
2009-2013 - Assistant Research Officer - National Research Council Canada, Medical Devices (formerly Institute for Biodiagnostics), Halifax, NS Canada
2007-2009 - Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Sir Paul T. Callaghan, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Wellington, NZ
- One-on-one - specialist topics in magnetic resonance imaging
Current external positions
2015-current - Board of Directors - Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG)
2014 - current - Facility Fellow - Australian National Imaging Facility (NIF)
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Research profile and publications

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