Josef P. Debbins, PhD

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Josef P. Debbins, PhD, PE, ABMP


Josef P. Debbins, PhD, PE, ABMP

Staff Scientist

Dr. Debbins joined Barrow in 2005 and is currently an Associate Staff Scientist in Neuroimaging Research. Dr. Debbins is a researcher at the Keller Center for Imaging Innovation. His clinical interests include developing advanced pulse sequences to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. His research interests include diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor and diffusion kurtosis MRI, and perfusion methodologies including arterial spin labeling.

Dr. Debbins is also interested in the technical aspects of functional MRI, and he is a contributor to the MRI core of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Research Consortium. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Journal of Magnetic Resonance Engineering. He has written or co-written 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at more than 30 international conferences, both academically and professionally. He holds 12 U.S. and five European patents.

Registered as a Professional (Electrical) Engineer with the Minnesota State Board of Engineering, Dr. Debbins received his undergraduate training in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota. After several years as a radio frequency (RF) design engineer at Honeywell, Inc., he returned full-time to graduate school at Michigan Technological University. There he received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a second bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, and spent a year in Paris, France, as a research associate.

He is fluent in French and has been certified by the Paris Chamber of Commerce in business French. He received his doctorate in Biophysics from the Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minnesota, after which he spent eight years in various engineering and technical marketing roles at the MRI division of GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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