Dr Gary Cowin

NIF Facility Fellow

Centre for Advanced Imaging
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
+61 7 336 58378


Dr Gary Cowin is the Facility Fellow for the Queensland Node of the National Imaging Facility (NIF) as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS), based at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, The University of Queensland.

Dr Cowin's research projects are:

  • Ultrahigh field magnetic resonance microimaging
  • Simultaneous dynamic MRI and PET imaging
  • Multimodal MRI/PET/CT imaging
  • Development of magnetic resonance techniques for non-invasive determination of liver steatosis and fibrosis
  • Monitoring changing fat distribution in diabetes and exercise trials
  • Spinal cord imaging research
  • Prostate research
  • Application of ultrahigh field MRI microimaging for tissue analysis
  • Molecular imaging of novel contrast agents by MRI and PET
  • MRI zebrafish brain atlas
  • Lung imaging with hyperpolarized Helium in humans and animals
  • Investigation of the effect of gradient non-linearity on image quality


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of New England


  • Foo, Chuan Tai, Nilsen, Kris, Cowin, Gary, Thompson, Bruce and Thien, Francis (2023). Hyperpolarised helium MRI in direct and indirect asthmatic airway challenge. Annual congress of the European-Respiratory-Society (ERS), Milan Ia, Sep 09-13, 2023. SHEFFIELD: EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOC JOURNALS LTD. doi: 10.1183/13993003.congress-2023.OA4956

  • Moonshi, Shehzahdi S., Vazquez-Prada, Karla X., Tang, Joyce, Westra van Holthe, Nicholas J., Cowin, Gary, Wu, Yuao, Tran, Huong D. N., Mckinnon, Ryan, Bulmer, Andrew C. and Ta, Hang Thu (2023). Spiky silver–iron oxide nanohybrid for effective dual-imaging and synergistic thermo-chemotherapy. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 15 (36), 42153-42169. doi: 10.1021/acsami.3c04696

  • Kallinen, Annukka, Mardon, Karine, Lane, Samuel, Montgomery, Andrew P., Bhalla, Rajiv, Stimson, Damion H. R., Ahamed, Muneer, Cowin, Gary J., Hibbs, David, Werry, Eryn L., Fulton, Roger, Connor, Mark and Kassiou, Michael (2023). Synthesis and preclinical evaluation of fluorinated 5-azaindoles as CB2 PET radioligands. ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 14 (16), 2902-2921. doi: 10.1021/acschemneuro.3c00345

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Book Chapter

  • Cowin, Gary J., Leditschke, I. Anne, Crozier, Stuart and Endre, Zoltan H. (1998). Volume localised 1H MRS of renal osmolytes. Spatially resolved Magnetic Resonance. (pp. 431-437) edited by P. Blümler, B. Blümich, R. Botto and E. Fukushima. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag. doi: 10.1002/9783527611843.ch40

  • Cowin, G. J., Leditschke, I. A., Crozier, S. and Endre, Z. H. (1998). Volume localised 1H MRS of renal osmolytes. Spatially resolved magnetic resonance: methods, materials, medicine, biology, rheology, geology, ecology, hardware. (pp. 431-438) edited by P. Blumler, B. Blumich, R. Botto and E. Fukishima. New York, NY, United States: Wiley.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision