Małgorzata (Gosia) Marjańska is a professor in the Department of Radiology. Dr. Marjańska received a B.S. in chemistry with minor in mathematics from Loyola University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. She joined the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) in 2002 as a post-doctoral fellow working with Prof. Kamil Ugurbil and subsequently became a research assistant professor two years later, and assistant professor in 2013. In 2015, she was promoted to an associate professor and in 2020 to a professor.
Dr. Marjańska first encountered magnetic resonance while working with Prof. Keith Jameson at Loyola University of Chicago, first learning and then training other undergraduates to operate a 300 MHz Varian system. During the summer after her 3rd year of undergraduate studies, she worked at Bell Laboratories with Dr. Peter Mirau on solid state NMR characterization of polymer films. In order to follow her interest in NMR, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in the group of Prof. Alexander Pines. Her thesis titled "Quantum Logic Gates, Local Field, Selective Excitation and Structural Studies of Dipolar Couplings in Oriented Molecules" was focused on NMR as a technique to study molecules dissolved in liquid crystals.
Dr. Marjańska is interested in developing MRS techniques for humans and rodents over a wide range of field strengths (3 T up to 16.4 T) and applications of those methods to study various diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, dystonia, depression, and brain tumors. Dr. Marjańska has been interested in 1H and heteronuclear MRS (13C and 2H), diffusion-weighted MRS and relaxometry. The long-term goal of her research is to develop and assess robust, non-invasive and repeatable MRS methods for discovery of quantitative biomarkers for clinical research and practice.