Efrat Shimron

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

UC Berkeley


I am a postdoc in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley. My research leverages computational techniques, machine learning, and physics-guided modeling for solving inverse problems in medical imaging. I have the pleasure of being co-advised by Prof. Michael (Miki) Lustig (UC Berkeley) and Prof. Shreyas Vasanawala (Stanford). I work with their collaborative groups on developing MRI reconstruction methods for rapid dynamic MRI scans, focusing on body imaging. I also collaborate with the group of Prof. Matt Rosen (Harvard) on developing techniques for brain imaging with ultra-low-field MRI. Previously, on 2015-2019, I was a PhD student at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, advised by Prof. Haim Azhari. My PhD dissertation focused on developing sparsity-based methods for MR image reconstruction.

My work was recently published in PNAS, highlighted in a PNAS commentary article, highlighted in the NIBIB New Horizons plenary talk at the ISMRM'22 conference, and covered in the Berkeley News, Berkeley Engineering Magazine, and UT Austin News.

I am an advocate of reproducible research - all my papers have open-source code (links below). I'm also the 2021-2023 Trainee Representative of the ISMRM Reproducible Research Study Group (RRSG) Governing Committee.


This work was published in PNAS and highlighted in a PNAS commentary article.

It was also covered in the Berkeley News, Berkeley Engineering Magazine, and UT Austin News.

It also received a Magna cum Laude Award at the ISMRM 2021 Conference.

Here is the git repo.

20-min talk from the MRI Together workshop (2021)

5-min talk from ISMRM'21 conference (this link requires registration to conference).

BladeNet: Dynamic Abdominal MRI using PROPELLER and Deep Learning

ISMRM 2022 abstract 0684.

I gave an oral presentation at the ISMRM conference in London (May 2022).

This work introduces a new acquisition-reconstruction framework for rapid dynamic (temporal) abdominal MRI with high spatio-temporal resolution and built-in motion correction.

The abstract is here (link requires ISMRM'22 registration)

Accelerating Ultra-Low Field MRI with Compressed Sensing

ISMRM 2022 abstract #88.

This work is part of my collaboration with Dr. David Waddington (University of Sydney) and Prof. Matthew Rosen (The Martinos center, Harvard)

TED - Temporal Differences Compressed Sensing for fast dynamic MRI

TED is a general MRI reconstruction method for dynamic (temporal) imaging.

In this work, TED was developed for temperature monitoring. However, the method is more general and can be implemented to other applications.

The paper is here and the open-source toolbox is here.

Rigorous Uncertainty estimation for MRI Reconstruction

ISMRM 2022 abstract #749.

Presented in an oral presentation at the ISMRM conference in London (May 2022).

This work is led by Ke Wang (I'm a co-author).

Efrat Shimron - CORE-PI method


CORE-PI is a method that I developed in my PhD studies. It is a parallel imaging MRI reconstruction method, suitable for 2D Cartesian scans. The main advantage of CORE-PI is that it is parameter-free, i.e. there's no to calibrate any hyperparamer in order to use it.

Check out the code!

Efrat Shimron - CORE-Deblur


CORE-Deblur is another method that I developed in my PhD studies. It is a Parallel Imaging Compressed Sensing (PI-CS) method.

Our paper introduced the concept of MR image reconstruction by deblurring using Compressed Sensing (CS), and showed that CORE-Deblur can expedite CS computations: the number of required iterations is reduced by a factor of 10.


  • I recently received two career awards (August 2022):

    • Rising Stars in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) (2023). The Rising Stars annual event was launched at MIT in 2012, and since then every year it is hosted by a different university. This year it is hosted by UT Austin.

    • Women’s Postdoctoral Career Development Award in Science (national Israeli fellowship) (2022-2024), endowed by the Weizmann Institute of Science.

  • I'm co-editing a special issue titled "AI in MRI: Frontiers and applications" for the Bioengineering journal (impact factor 5.05), together with Dr. Or Perlman. The special issue is open for submission! See details here. Deadline: 20 December 2022.

  • I'm co-organizing a session with Prof. Florian Knoll for the upcoming in-person BASP Frontiers conference (Switzerland, February 2023). Session title: "Potential Pitfalls of Deep Learning in Medical Image Reconstruction".

  • My talks - upcoming & recent:

    • "Fundamentals of Deep Learning" - Educational talk in the ISMRM Annual Meeting, Toronto, June 2023.

    • "Potential Pitfalls of Deep Learning in Medical Image Reconstruction" - BASP Frontiers conference, Switzerland, February 2023. Co-organized with Prof. Florian Knoll.

    • "Data Crimes and BladeNets: Frontiers in Medical AI"

      • University of Sydney (December 2022)

      • Rising Stars conference (Austin, TX, October 2022).

      • UT Austin, ECE Machine Learning seminar (October 2022). Host: Prof. Jon Tamir.

      • Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), New York (Sep 2022). Host: Prof. Ricardo Otazo.

      • Department of Computer Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science (Aug 2022). Host: Prof. Robert Krauthgamer.

      • Aspect Imaging, Israel (Aug 2022). Host: Dr. Gil Farkash.

    • "Data Crimes: The Risk in Naive Training of Medical AI Algorithms":

      • University of Basel, October 2022. Host: Dr. Francesco Santini.

      • University of Minnesota (July 2022). Host: Prof. Mehmet Ackakaya.

      • ESMRMB international course on machine learning in MRI (July 2022). Organized by Dr. Kerstin Hammernik & Dr. Thomas Kustner.

      • King's College London (June 2022). Host: Prof. Claudia Prieto.

      • Inria, the French Institute of Computer Science, Paris (May 2022). Host: Prof. Phillippe Ciuciu.

  • My activity in the ISMRM 2022 conference in London (May 2022):

  • April 2022: My work was highlighted in a PNAS commentary article.

  • March 2022: my Data Crimes paper was published in PNAS and covered in the Berkeley News, Berkeley Engineering Magazine and UT Austin News (March 2022).

  • October 2021: I was named as an Emerging Investigator at the Imaging Elevated: Utah Symposium for Emerging Investigators.


Students (mentees)

  • Han Cui

  • Frederic Wang

  • Jerry (Boyuan) Ma

  • Han Qi

  • Max Lister

  • Alma Harlangen

Contact & social media: Email (efrat.s at berkeley dot edu), LinkedIn, Twitter

Software: GitHub

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