Kirk Feindel

BSc Dalhousie, PhD Alberta, Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Funding overview

2016 NH&MRC Equipment Grant $49,694, K.W. Feindel (CI), D. Sampson, J. Pillow, L. Hool, C. Wyrwol, M. Fitzgerald, J. Rodger, S. Hodgetts, B. Robinson, G. Yeoh, R. Ganss, J. Hamzah, G. Lee, S. Lansley, R. Endersby, B. Meloni. Increasing in-vivo physiological monitoring capability in UWA’s flagship preclinical 9.4 T MRI facility.

2016 Edith Cowan University Early Career Research Grant $27,900, T. Cruickshank (CI), K. Feindel, R. Newton, M. Ziman. The effect of multidisciplinary therapy on neurodegeneration and clinical decline in Huntington's disease individuals before the onset of diagnosable symptoms.

2015-2016 Neurotrauma Research Program $97,869, CI: Smith AI: Dunlop, Iyer, House, Feindel - Using nanotechnology to prevent localised, as well as remote, inflammation and breakdown of the blood brain barrier following neurotrauma

2015 - Cancer Council Western Australia, $100,000, J. Hamzah (CI), R. Ganss, E. Ruoslahti, G. Yeoh, M. Chopra, K. Feindel. Breaking the tumour stiffness to improve anti-cancer therapy.

2007, 2008 - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship ($80k CND)


Kirk Feindel was a Senior Lecturer and Australian National Imaging Facility Fellow at The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis. He was the head of the MRI Technique Group and the in-vivo Bioimaging Facility. Through these roles Kirk collaborated widely in the application of MRI and bioimaging to research questions across all fields of science, engineering, and medicine. His primary research interest is the discovery, validation, and translation of endogenous, pathology-specific MRI contrast.

After earning his PhD in Physical Chemistry at The University of Alberta in 2007, Kirk was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship which he completed in rheo-NMR under the auspices of Prof. Sir Paul T Callaghan at Victoria University of Wellington. Kirk returned to Canada in 2009 as an Assistant Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada Institute for Biodiagnostics. In 2014, Kirk relocated to the University of Western Australia as a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis to lead development of collaborative MRI research programs surrounding their new flagship 9.4 T Bruker BioSpec MRI scanner.

Kirk returned to the east coast of Canada in 2019 and is currently working on a Core Research Facilities project with the Associate VP Research at Dalhousie University.


- One-on-one - specialist topics in magnetic resonance imaging

Roles and responsibilities

2017 - 2019 - Convenor and Co-Chair - The 12th Australian and New Zealand Socieity for Magnetic Resonance Conference, Perth WA

2017 - current - Chair, Australian National Imaging Facility Animals, Plants and Materials Engagement Theme

2015 - current - Board of Directors, The Australian and New Zeland Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG)

2017 - 2018 - Deputy Chair, UWA Animal Ethics Committee

Industrial relevance

- High-field MRI investigations of e.g., reverse osmosis membrane systems, proton-exchange membrane systems
- non-invasive, in-situ characterisation of fluid dynamics
- fluid bed reaction monitoring

Research interests

- Endogenous MRI contrast mechanisms
- Characterisation of non-Gaussian diffusion
- In-vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)
- functional MRI (fMRI)
- MR characterisation of polymer membranes

External positions

Board of Directors

Dec 2015 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Preclinical MRI
  • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
  • Diffusional kurtosis imaging (DKI)
  • Non-Gaussian diffusion
  • Magnetic resonance relaxometry
  • Rheo-NMR
  • Velocity imaging
  • Solid-state NMR of quadrupolar nuclei
  • Computational NMR
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