Joel Garbow, PhD

Joel Garbow, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Radiology, Division of Radiological Sciences, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

The development and application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) techniques for studying cancer. MRI provides a noninvasive method for quantitatively monitoring the growth and ablation of tumors, serving as an extremely valuable tool in the development of new cancer therapies. I am also developing novel imaging and spectroscopic methods to provide insights into the structure, morphology and vasculature of tumors and their effect on surrounding healthy tissue.


  • 1983: PhD, chemistry, University of California, Berkeley


  • 1983 - 1984: Postdoctoral fellow, Monsanto, St. Louis
  • 1985 - 1995: Staff scientist, Monsanto
  • 1995 - 1999: Science fellow, Monsanto

Selected Research Publications

Subcutaneous deuterated substrate administration in mice: An alternative to tail vein infusion.
  • Song KH, Ge X, Engelbach JA, [...] Garbow JR
  • Magn Reson Med 2024
Selective Cell Size MRI Differentiates Brain Tumors from Radiation Necrosis.
  • Devan SP, Jiang X, Luo G, [...] Garbow JR, [...] Xu J
  • Cancer Res 2022
Asthma reduces glioma formation by T cell decorin-mediated inhibition of microglia.
  • Chatterjee J, Sanapala S, Cobb O, [...] Garbow JR, [...] Gutmann DH
  • Nat Commun 2021

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