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Kirk Feindel

Dr Kirk Feindel

Senior Lecturer

Contact details
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

Google Scholar Profile:

Recent Publications:
K.W. Feindel. "Spatially resolved chemical reaction monitoring using magnetic resonance imaging." Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry. 2014. In Press. DOI: 10.1002/mrc.4179

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
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

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 - Research Scientist - Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC), IWK Health Centre, 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
2014 - current - Facility Fellow - Australian National Imaging Facility (NIF)
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS Canada
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS Canada
Affiliated Scientist, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Capital Health, Halifax, NS Canada
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Research profile and publications

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