• The University of Western Australia (M519), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 669 Citations
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Personal profile


Kirk Feindel is a Senior Lecturer and Australian National Imaging Facility Fellow at The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis. He is the head of the MRI Technique Group and the in-vivo Bioimaging Facility. Through these roles Kirk collaborates widely in the application of MRI and bioimaging to research questions across all fields of science, engineering, and medicine. His primary research interest is the discovery, validation, and translation of endogenous, pathology-specific MRI contrast.

After earning his PhD in Physical Chemistry at The University of Alberta in 2007, Kirk was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship which he completed in rheo-NMR under the auspices of Prof. Sir Paul T Callaghan at Victoria University of Wellington. Kirk returned to Canada in 2009 as an Assistant Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada Institute for Biodiagnostics. In 2014, Kirk relocated to the University of Western Australia as a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis to lead development of collaborative MRI research programs surrounding their new flagship 9.4 T Bruker BioSpec MRI scanner.

Roles and responsibilities

2017 - 2019 - Convenor and Co-Chair - The 12th Australian and New Zealand Socieity for Magnetic Resonance Conference, Perth WA

2017 - current - Deputy Chair, UWA Animal Ethics Committee

2015 - current - Board of Directors, The Australian and New Zeland Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG)

Funding overview

2016 NH&MRC Equipment Grant $49,694, K.W. Feindel (CI), D. Sampson, J. Pillow, L. Hool, C. Wyrwol, M. Fitzgerald, J. Rodger, S. Hodgetts, B. Robinson, G. Yeoh, R. Ganss, J. Hamzah, G. Lee, S. Lansley, R. Endersby, B. Meloni. Increasing in-vivo physiological monitoring capability in UWA’s flagship preclinical 9.4 T MRI facility.

2016 Edith Cowan University Early Career Research Grant $27,900, T. Cruickshank (CI), K. Feindel, R. Newton, M. Ziman. The effect of multidisciplinary therapy on neurodegeneration and clinical decline in Huntington's disease individuals before the onset of diagnosable symptoms.

2015-2016 Neurotrauma Research Program $97,869, CI: Smith AI: Dunlop, Iyer, House, Feindel - Using nanotechnology to prevent localised, as well as remote, inflammation and breakdown of the blood brain barrier following neurotrauma

2015 - Cancer Council Western Australia, $100,000, J. Hamzah (CI), R. Ganss, E. Ruoslahti, G. Yeoh, M. Chopra, K. Feindel. Breaking the tumour stiffness to improve anti-cancer therapy.

2007, 2008 - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship ($80k CND)

Previous positions

2015-current - Board of Directors - Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG)
2014 - current - Facility Fellow - Australian National Imaging Facility (NIF)

Industrial relevance

- High-field MRI investigations of e.g., reverse osmosis membrane systems, proton-exchange membrane systems
- non-invasive, in-situ characterisation of fluid dynamics
- fluid bed reaction monitoring

Teaching overview

- One-on-one - specialist topics in magnetic resonance imaging


- Endogenous MRI contrast mechanisms
- Characterisation of non-Gaussian diffusion
- In-vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)
- functional MRI (fMRI)
- MR characterisation of polymer membranes

External positions

Board of Directors, Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG)

Dec 2015 → …


  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Preclinical MRI
  • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
  • Diffusional kurtosis imaging (DKI)
  • Non-Gaussian diffusion
  • Magnetic resonance relaxometry
  • Rheo-NMR
  • Velocity imaging
  • Solid-state NMR of quadrupolar nuclei
  • Computational NMR

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Projects 2015 2018

Research Output 2002 2019

Investigating the relationships between hypothalamic volume and measures of circadian rhythm and habitual sleep in premanifest Huntington's disease

Bartlett, D. M., Domínguez D, J. F., Reyes, A., Zaenker, P., Feindel, K. W., Newton, R. U., Hannan, A. J., Slater, J. A., Eastwood, P. R., Lazar, A. S., Ziman, M. & Cruickshank, T., 2019, In : Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms. 6, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Huntington Disease
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1 Citations

Combined rTMS/fMRI Studies: An Overlooked Resource in Animal Models

Seewoo, B. J., Etherington, S. J., Feindel, K. W. & Rodger, J., 23 Mar 2018, In : Frontiers in Neuroscience. 12, 17 p., 180.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
1 Citations

Resting-state fMRI study of brain activation using low-intensity repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in rats

Seewoo, B. J., Feindel, K. W., Etherington, S. J. & Rodger, J., 30 Apr 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 13 p., 6706.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Vitamin D is crucial for maternal care and offspring social behaviour in rats

Yates, N. J., Tesic, D., Feindel, K. W., Smith, J. T., Clarke, M. W., Wale, C., Crew, R. C., Wharfe, M. D., Whitehouse, A. J. & Wyrwoll, C. S., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Endocrinology. 237, 2, p. 73-85 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Behavior
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