Dr. Abhinav K. Jha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (dual appointment) at the Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, he was a faculty at the Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Jha obtained his PhD from the College of Optical Sciences (Image Science track), University of Arizona, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating batch. He obtained his MS also from the University of Arizona in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Dr. Jha’s research interests are in the design of medical imaging systems and algorithms for optimized performance in clinical tasks using quantitative measures of task performance. These measures are obtained using computational imaging, image science, and signal-processing-based approaches. He has made several contributions to this field, including devising novel methods for objective assessment of image quality (OAIQ), image-reconstruction, image-analysis and parameter-quantification, evaluate imaging methods using patient data in the absence of ground truth (no-gold-standard evaluation).
Dr. Jha is a recipient of several awards including an NIH Trailblazer award, Imaging Innovator of the Academy of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Bradley-Alavi Fellowship, Michael B. Merickel Best Student Paper Award at SPIE Medical Imaging conference, the Young Investigator Symposium Award of Distinction for Translational Sciences at the ECOG-ACRIN meeting, Therapy Center for Excellence Young Investigator award at the SNMMI Annual meeting and Rolyn Optics Outstanding Teaching Associate Award. He has received two NIH R01 and an R56 award for projects on computational medical imaging. He led the Evaluation team of the AI task force within the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, leading to a state-of-the-art manuscript providing guidelines on best practices for evaluating AI algorithms. He has given invited talks on his research at various research labs such as at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), University of California San Francisco, University of Washington, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and Indian Institute of Science. Further, he is on the Board of Directors of the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences council of Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.