Myriam M. Chaumeil, PhD

Associate Professor, UCSF

Email: [email protected]
Mailing: UCSF, Box 2530, San Francisco, CA 94143


  • BS, Biology, University of Bordeaux I, France
  • MS, Biomedical Physics, University of Paris XI-Orsay, France
  • Engineer Diploma, Physics, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris, France
  • PhD, Medical Physics, University of Paris XI-Orsay, France
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco


Dr. Chaumeil is an Associate Professor in residence in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. The goal of her research program is to develop new Magnetic Resonance (MR) metabolic imaging approaches for improved detection of neurological disorders and monitoring of therapeutic response. Her areas of expertise include neuroimaging, metabolism and neurological disorders.

During her PhD in Paris, Dr Chaumeil developed MR imaging techniques to investigate biomarkers of neurodegeneration and physiological brain metabolism, in animal models and humans. During her post-graduate research at UCSF, she has acquired a high level of expertise in MR metabolic imaging of neurological diseases, particularly in state-of-the-art hyperpolarized 13C MRS methods, and has since built national and international recognition in this up and coming field. She joined the UCSF faculty in 2016. Dr. Chaumeil’s research has been recognized at the national and international level. She has received numerous awards, including the William Negendank Award from the ISMRM society (2010), UCSF Surbeck Scholar Award (2011, 2012 & 2013), Junior Fellow of the ISMRM society (2012), Bruce Hasegawa award for Excellence in Biomedical Imaging (2013), CalBRAIN award (2015), Early Career Women Faculty Leadership selection from the Association of American Medical Colleges (2019), as well as several Cum Laude Awards and travel stipends to conferences.

Dr. Chaumeil is highly involved in service at UCSF. Dr. Chaumeil has been serving as a permanent member on the UCSF LGBTQ committee, part of the Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO) since 2017. In August 2020, she became Faculty Chair of this committee. In the graduate division, Dr. Chaumeil serves as a full faculty member and mentor in three graduate programs: the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering (nominated in 2018), the UCSF Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program (nominated in 2018) and the UCSF Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (nominated in 2019). She also serves as the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) chair for the UCSF Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program.


  • PT 419 Research Seminar


  • Metabolism
  • Metabolic Imaging
  • MR spectroscopy (MRS, 31P, 1H, 13C)
  • Hyperpolarized 13C
  • Dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Huntington's disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Aging
  • MR biomarkers
  • Preclinical models
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Clinical translation


Dr. Chaumeil’s research focuses on developing and validating magnetic resonance (MR)-based imaging and spectroscopy methods for in vivo measurement of brain metabolism, in physiological and pathological conditions, in preclinical models and in patients. My laboratory focused on studies of neurological disorders, including Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, CNS lymphoma and vascular dementia. She has extensive internationally recognized expertise in MR metabolic imaging, particularly in state-of-the-art hyperpolarized 13C MRS method, and has a particular interest in expanding the use of metabolic imaging approach to the study of neurodegeneration in the clinical setting. She is currently PI on three R01 grants, one R61 grant, as well as multiple foundation grants, and co-investigator on multiple other grants.

Dr. Chaumeil's laboratory is located in the Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) on the fog-free and sunny UCSF Mission Bay Campus. QBI is designed to house multi-department and multi-disciplinary laboratories, foster collaborations across the biomedical and the physical sciences, in order to seek quantitative methods to address pressing problems in biology and biomedicine.

Check out the Chaumeil lab website to know more!


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  • 2019- Early Career Women Faculty Leadership selection, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 2017- David Mahoney Neuroimaging Award, The Dana Foundation
  • 2017 Marylin Hilton Pilot Innovator Award, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • 2015- California Blueprint for Research to Advance Innovations in Neuroscience (Cal-BRAIN) Award
  • 2012, 2014 - Summa Cum Laude award (top 3%) (x2), Talk, ISMRM
  • 2013 - Bruce Hasegawa Award for Excellence in Biomedical Imaging, annual recipient, UCSF
  • 2011, 2012, 2013Margaret H. Surbeck Award Winner (3x), Department of Radiology, UCSF
  • 2013, Magna Cum Laude award (top 15%), Poster, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • 2012, 2013 - Travel Stipend for Excellence in Abstract Submission (2x), World Molecular Imaging Conference
  • 2012 - Junior Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine – Nomination
  • 2010 - William Negendank Award Winner - International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine