Robin A. de Graaf

Robin A. de Graaf
Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology & Biomedical Engineering
Room / Office: TAC N145
Office Address:
300 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208043
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 785-6203

Ph.D., Yale University


The main focus of my research is to study cerebral energy metabolism and its relationship to functional activation in human and animal brain. NMR spectroscopy (proton, (inverse) carbon-13 and phosphorus-31) is the most important tool to study metabolic processes and fluxes non-invasively in vivo. Besides studying brain energy metabolism, a significant part of the research is reserved for technological and methodological improvements to the technique of NMR spectroscopy. These include methods for better water suppression, spatial localization, spectral editing, quantification and shimming.

Selected Publications:

  • R. A de Graaf, J.W. Pan, F.Telang, J-H. Lee, P. Brown, E. J. Novotny, H. P. Hetherington, D. L. Rothman, Differentiation of glucose transport in human brain gray and white matter, J. Cereb. Blood. Flow Metab. 21, 483-492 (2001)
  • R. A. de Graaf, R. M. Dijkhuizen, K. P. J. Braun, G. J. Biessels, K. Nicolay, Glucose detection by homonuclear spectral editing, Magn. Reson. Med. 43, 621-626 (2000)
  • R. A. de Graaf, A. van Kranenburg, K. Nicolay, In vivo 31P NMR diffusion measurements of phosphocreatine and ATP in rat skeletal muscle, Biophys. J. 78, 1657-1664 (2000)
  • R. A. de Graaf, K. Nicolay, Adiabatic water suppression using frequency selective excitation, Magn. Reson. Med. 40, 690-696 (1998)
  • R. A. de Graaf, K. Nicolay, M. Garwood, Single shot, B1 insensitive slice selection with a gradient-modulated adiabatic pulse, BISS-8, Magn. Reson. Med. 35, 652-657 (1996)