Robert Thomen, PhD

Dr. Robert Thomen



Associate Professor
NextGen Precision Health Investigator


Dr. Robert Thomen’s research gives the lungs another look. His team has hypothesized that a new way to see what is happening inside the lungs using hyperpolarized gas will make both treatments and diagnoses more precise. Dr. Thomen, who runs the Mizzou Pulmonary Imaging Research Lab, hopes these detailed scans can help researchers investigate, diagnose and treat diseases like COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema.

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Pulmonary Imaging Research Lab

NextGen Precision Health

Academic Information

Associate Professor
NextGen Precision Health Investigator


M210P Medical Sciences Building
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

Research Interests

  • Hyperpolarized Gases
  • Pulmonary Imaging
  • MRI Physics

Areas of Expertise

  • Imaging Physics
  • MRI Pulse Sequence Development

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

Cincinnati Children's Hospital


PhD, Washington University in St Louis
MS, Creighton University


BS, Creighton University

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