Welcome to the website of Christoph Birkl, postdoctoral fellow at the MRI science lab at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

My research focus is the development and validation of quantitative MRI techniques for measuring iron and myelin in the brain, with a strong focus on application in neurological disorders. During my PhD I investigated the effect of temperature and fixation in post-mortem MRI and initiated several post-mortem studies for validation of new quantitative MRI techniques. In this context I performed superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry measurements on biological tissue to determine their biophysical properties and compared these with MRI data. Furthermore, I closely collaborated with project partners on performing electron microscopy, mass spectroscopy and histological analysis on brain tissue subsequent to post-mortem MRI for his validation studies.

In 2017, I received the prestigious Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund for my project “Contribution of Myelin to the Diamagnetic Susceptibility” which I am conducting at Dr. Alexander Rauscher’s lab at the University of British Columbia.


New paper “The influence of brain iron on myelin water imaging” is published in NeuroImage.

UBC Media release: Iron in brain tissue influences myelin measurements with MRI