Department Faculty

Steve Conolly

Montford G. Cook Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

408D Stanley Hall
mailcode: 1762
(510) 643-6075
fax: (510) 642-5835

Research Interests

My lab develops innovations in MRI and Magnetic Particle Imaging for biomedical applications.


1989         Ph.D., Stanford University, Electrical Engineering

Major Awards

1982    National Merit Scholar, Tau Beta Pi
1982-1985    National Science Foundation Fellow
1991 Finalist for the SMRM Young Investigator Award 
2004-2007  Elected member of the ISMRM  Annual Meeting Program Committee
2004    Outstanding Inventor award by Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing-Awarded to the top 27 inventors over the last three decades at Stanford, 19 patents
2004 Invited Speaker for Natitional Academy of Engineering JAFOE, Kyoto
2006 Invited speaker for National Academy of Engineering's Lilian M. Gilbreth Lecture on "Small MRI Scanners"

Professional Experience

1984-1989    Research Assistant, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
1989-2000    Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
2001-2004    Senior Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
2004-present Associate Professor, Bioengineering UC Berkeley
2006-present Chair of the Executive Committee, UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering
2006-present Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs, UC Berkeley Bioengineering

Selected Publications

S. Conolly, D.G. Nishimura, A. Macovski, G. Glover, “Variable-Rate Selective Excitation,” J. Magn. Reson., 78(3):440–458, July 1988.

A. Macovski and S.M. Conolly, “Novel Approaches to Low-Cost MRI,” Magn. Reson. Med., 30(2):221–230, Aug. 1993.

“MR Imaging of Articular Cartilage using Driven Equilibrium,” Brian A. Hargreaves, Garry E. Gold, Phillip K. Lang, Steven M. Conolly, John M. Pauly, G. Bergman, J. Vandevenne, and Dwight G. Nishimura, Magn Reson Med., 42(4):695-703, Oct. 1999.

“Homogeneous Magnet Design Using Linear Programming,” Hao Xu, Steven Conolly, Greig Scott, Albert Macovski, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 36, No. 2, March 2000.

“Low Readout Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Hyperpolarized Xenon-129 and Water in a Single System,” Wenjin Shao, B. A. Chronik, G. Wang, R. Fuzesy, G. C. Scott, S. M. Conolly, A. Macovski, E. Hughes Applied Physics Letters, 80, No. 11, March 2002.

Sharon E. Ungersma, Blaine A. Chronik, Greig C. Scott, Albert Macovski, and Steven M. Conolly. Shim coil design using a linear programming algorithm. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 52(3):619–627, August 2004.

"Positive Contrast MRI of Cells Labeled with Magnetic Nanoparticles”, Charles H. Cunningham, Takyasu Arai, Phillip C. Yang, Michael V. McConnell, John M. Pauly, and Steven M. Conolly Magnetic Resonance Medicine 53(5): 999–1005, May 2005.

Matter NI, Scott GC, Grafendorfer T, Macovski A, Conolly SM. “Rapid polarizing field cycling in magnetic resonance imaging,” IEEE Trans Med Imaging, 25(1):8493, Jan 2006.

Lee J, Santos JM, Conolly SM, Miller KL, Hargreaves BA, Pauly JM. “Respirationinduced B0 field fluctuation compensation in balanced SSFP: Real-time approach for transition-band SSFP fMRI,” Magn Reson Med. 2006 May;55(5):1197-201.

Ross D. Venook, Nathaniel I. Matter, Meena Ramachandran, Sharon E. Ungersma, Garry E. Gold, Nicholas J. Giori, Albert Macovski, Greig C. Scott, and Steven M. Conolly “Prepolarized MRI Around Metal Orthopedic Implants,” Magn Reson Med. 2006 Jul;56(1):177-86.

N. I. Matter, G. C. Scott, R. D. Venook, S. E. Ungersma, T. Grafendorfer, A. Macovski, S. M. Conolly, “Three-dimensional prepolarized magnetic resonance imaging using rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement,” Magn Reson Med. 2006 Oct 6;

Nathaniel Matter, Blaine Chronik, John Pauly, Albert Macovski, Steven Conolly, and Greig Scott,
"Noise Performance of a Precision Pulsed Electromagnet Power Supply for Magnetic Resonance Imaging,"
Accepted to IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging,  2007.