Anke Henning, Ph.D., an expert in medical imaging technology development, has been Director of the Advanced Imaging Research Center since January 2019. Dr. Henning has developed novel magnetic resonance imaging methods for noninvasive visualization of disease-related structural, functional, and metabolic changes in the human brain, spinal cord, and heart.
Her specific expertise is in ultra-high field magnetic imaging technology, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and non-proton imaging. She also directs clinical research with respect to brain imaging in psychiatric disorders, spinal cord imaging in traumatic injury, and imaging of the human heart. At UT Southwestern, Dr. Henning has expanded her research interests to include imaging glioblastoma with the ultimate goal of enhancing the treatment of this otherwise challenging malignancy.
She obtained a master’s degree in physics from the Technical University of Chemnitz in Germany and her Ph.D. in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (also known as Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or ETH). She remained at the ETH for postdoctoral training and then was a visiting scientist in the Department of Radiology at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 2012, she joined the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, as a Research Group Leader, and in 2017 was made a full Professor of Medical Physics at the Ernst-Moritz Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany.