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Fanny Chapelin

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Magnetic resonance imaging, cell tracking, inflammation, cancer, transplantation


Chapelin’s lab develops non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to track immune cell migration to foci of inflammation in different pathologies such as transplant rejection, autoimmune diseases and cancer. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Imaging of cell therapy distribution, fate, and efficacy in preclinical studies
  • Imaging of inflammation processes in tumors and transplants
  • Stem cell transplant engraftment and rejection imaging


Capsule Bio:

Fanny Chapelin is a newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Radiology at University of California, San Diego. Fanny received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from University of California, San Diego in 2019. She then became the first woman faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Kentucky where she developed her research program for four years. She has been developing non-invasive imaging techniques to visualize cellular therapies and inflammation in cancer and other immune disorders. Her research findings have led to several publications, and their impact was recognized through numerous awards, including France’s Engineer of the Year Award for Science. She is a member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Her research aims to provide scientists and clinicians with ways to visualize cell distribution, fate and efficacy to improve clinical practice and patient care.

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