Chris A. Flask, PhD

Department of Radiology
Biomedical Engineering
School of Medicine
Imaging Research Core
School of Medicine
Cancer Imaging Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • MRI Physics and Pulse Sequence Design
  • Lung imaging: cystic fibrosis
  • Kidney imaging: polycystic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, diabetic nephropathy
  • Liver imaging: inflammation and fibrosis

Awards and Honors

Reviewer with Distinction
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Senior Author – Semi-Finalist for ISMRM Young Investigator Award
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Professional Memberships

International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine


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Anderson CE, Donnola SB, Jiang Y, Batesole J, Darrah R, Drumm ML, Brady-Kalnay SM, Steinmetz NF, Yu X, Griswold MA, Flask CA. Dual Contrast - Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (DC-MRF): A Platform for Simultaneous Quantification of Multiple MRI Contrast Agents. Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 16;7(1):8431. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08762-9. PubMed PMID: 28814732; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5559598.

Donnola SB, Piccone CM, Lu L, Batesole J, Little J, Dell KM, Flask CA. Diffusion tensor imaging MRI of sickle cell kidney disease: initial results and comparison with iron deposition. NMR Biomed. 2018 Mar;31(3). doi: 10.1002/nbm.3883. Epub 2018 Jan 19. PubMed PMID: 29350437; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5822685.

Luo Y, Kim EH, Flask CA, Clark HA. Nanosensors for the Chemical Imaging of Acetylcholine Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. ACS Nano. 2018 Jun 26;12(6):5761-5773. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.8b01640. Epub 2018 Jun 6. PubMed PMID: 29851460; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6281809.

Donnola SB, Dasenbrook EC, Weaver D, Lu L, Gupta K, Prabhakaran A, Yu X, Chmiel JF, McBennett K, Konstan MW, Drumm ML, Flask CA. Preliminary comparison of normalized T1 and non-contrast perfusion MRI assessments of regional lung disease in cystic fibrosis patients. J Cyst Fibros. 2017 Mar;16(2):283-290. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2015.11.009. Epub 2015 Dec 22. PubMed PMID: 26719281; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4916031.


Doctor of Philosophy
Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Science
Chemical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Science
Chemical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University

Additional Information

  • Chair – CWRU School of Medicine Core Steering Committee
  • Associate Faculty Representative: Department of Biomedical Engineering