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Manisha Aggarwal, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science


Dr. Manisha Aggarwal, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Division of MR Research in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science.

Dr. Aggarwal is an investigator whose research focuses on high-field MR micro-imaging techniques, diffusion MRI, and magnetic susceptibility methods for brain imaging. 

Dr. Aggarwal earned her doctoral and master's degrees in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds a bachelor's (honors) degree in instrumentation engineering and a minor in electronics and electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in India. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Radiology at Johns Hopkins University. 

Dr. Aggarwal is a Siebel scholar and junior fellow of the international society for magnetic resonance in medicine. more


  • Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Departments / Divisions



  • B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) (India) (2004)
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland) (2012)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Aggarwal M., Kageyama Y., Li X., van Zijl P. B0-orientation dependent magnetic susceptibility-induced white matter contrast in the human brainstem at 11.7T. Magn Reson Med. 2016 (In press)

Aggarwal M., Gobius I., Richards LJ., Mori S. Diffusion MR microscopy of cortical development in the mouse embryo. Cereb Cor. 2015 Jul;25(7):1970-80.

Aggarwal M., Nauen DW., Troncoso JC., Mori S. Probing region-specific microstructure of human cortical areas using high angular and spatial resolution diffusion MRI. Neuroimage. 2015 Jan 15;105:198-207.

Aggarwal M., Burnsed J., Martin LJ., Northington FJ., Zhang J. Imaging neurodegeneration in the mouse hippocampus after neonatal hypoxia-ischemia using oscillating gradient diffusion MRI. Magn Reson Med. 2014 Sep;72(3):829-40.

Aggarwal M., Zhang J., Pletnikova O., Crain B., Troncoso J., Mori S. Feasibility of creating a high-resolution 3D diffusion tensor imaging based atlas of the human brainstem: a case study at 11.7 T. Neuroimage. 2013 Jul 1;74:117-27.

Aggarwal M., Jones MV., Calabresi PA., Mori S., Zhang J. Probing mouse brain microstructure using oscillating gradient diffusion MRI. Magn Reson Med. 2012 Jan 67(1):98-109.

Activities & Honors


  • Junior Fellow, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2013
  • Siebel Scholar, 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2012
  • Finalist, ISMRM I. I. Rabi Young Investigator Award, 2010


  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Society for Neuroscience
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