Associate Professor Leigh Johnston

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 11
  • Building: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Medical Imaging
  • Signal Processing


Associate Professor Leigh Johnston is a member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering within the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Her primary research focus is medical imaging, in particular Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Leigh holds an honorary appointment at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, where she is Head of the Animal MRI facility. She is also a member of the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit, with research programs utilising the Siemens 7T and Siemens PET/CT clinical systems on the Parkville campus. Leigh’s expertise in MRI spans from acquisition sequences to image analysis and applications. Prior to her appointment at The University of Melbourne, Leigh was a postdoctoral researcher at the Howard Florey Institute (Melbourne), York University (Canada), and the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

Recent publications

  1. Blunck Y, Josan S, Taqdees SW, Moffat B, Ordidge R, Cleary J, Johnston L. 3D-multi-echo radial imaging of 23Na (3D-MERINA) for time-efficient multi-parameter tissue compartment mapping. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. John Wiley & Sons. 2017.
  2. Korte J, Layton KJ, Tahayori B, Farrell P, Moore SM, Johnston L. NMR spectroscopy using Rabi modulated continuous wave excitation. BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING AND CONTROL. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 33.
  3. Karve I, Zhang H, Habgood M, Frugier T, Brody K, Sashindranath M, Ek CJ, Chappaz S, Kile B, Wright D, Wang H, Johnston L, Daglas M, Ates RC, Medcalf RL, Taylor J, Crack P. Ablation of Type-1 IFN Signaling in Hematopoietic Cells Confers Protection Following Traumatic Brain Injury. ENEURO. Society of Neuroscience. 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 1.
  4. Wright D, Trezise J, Kamnaksh A, Bekdash R, Johnston L, Ordidge R, Semple B, Gardner AJ, Stanwell P, O'Brien T, Agoston DV, Shultz S. Behavioral, blood, and magnetic resonance imaging biomarkers of experimental mild traumatic brain injury. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2016, Vol. 6.
  5. Tahayori B, Khaneja N, Johnston L, Farrell P, Mareels I. Improving the time efficiency of the Fourier synthesis method for slice selection in magnetic resonance imaging. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 32, Issue 1.
  6. Liu S, Zheng P, Wright D, Dezsi G, Braine E, Thanh N, Corcoran N, Johnston L, Hovens C, Mayo J, Hudson M, Shultz S, Jones N, O'Brien T. Sodium selenate retards epileptogenesis in acquired epilepsy models reversing changes in protein phosphatase 2A and hyperphosphorylated tau. BRAIN. Oxford University Press. 2016, Vol. 139, Issue 7.
  7. Swaminathan M, Hill E, Ellis M, Zygorodimos M, Johnston L, Gwynne R, Bornstein J. Video Imaging and Spatiotemporal Maps to Analyze Gastrointestinal Motility in Mice. JOVE-JOURNAL OF VISUALIZED EXPERIMENTS. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2016, Issue 108.
  8. Phillips T, Wright D, Gradie P, Johnston L, Pask A. A Comprehensive Atlas of the Adult Mouse Penis. SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT. Karger. 2015, Vol. 9, Issue 3.
  9. Close TG, Tournier J, Johnston L, Calamante F, Mareels I, Connelly A. Fourier Tract Sampling (FouTS): A framework for improved inference of white matter tracts from diffusion MRI by explicitly modelling tract volume. NEUROIMAGE. Academic Press. 2015, Vol. 120.
  10. Taqdees SW, Moore S, Wright DK, Tolcos M, Johnston L. LIMITATIONS OF TWO-COMPONENT DIFFUSION MODELS FOR AXON DIAMETER DENSITY ESTIMATION. 2015 IEEE 12th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI). The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2015, Vol. 2015-July.
  11. Warner CE, Kwan WC, Wright D, Johnston L, Egan G, Bourne JA. Preservation of Vision by the Pulvinar following Early-Life Primary Visual Cortex Lesions. CURRENT BIOLOGY. Cell Press. 2015, Vol. 25, Issue 4.
  12. Shishegar R, Manton J, Walker DW, Britto J, Johnston L. QUANTIFYING GYRIFICATION USING LAPLACE BELTRAMI EIGENFUNCTION LEVEL-SETS. 2015 IEEE 12th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI). The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2015, Vol. 2015-July.
  13. Shultz S, Wright D, Zheng P, Stuchbery R, Liu S, Sashindranath M, Medcalf RL, Johnston L, Hovens C, Jones N, O'Brien T. Sodium selenate reduces hyperphosphorylated tau and improves outcomes after traumatic brain injury. BRAIN. Oxford University Press. 2015, Vol. 138.
  14. Tahayori B, Johnston L, Layton KJ, Farrell P, Mareels I. Solving the Bloch Equation With Periodic Excitation Using Harmonic Balancing: Application to Rabi Modulated Excitation. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MEDICAL IMAGING. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2015, Vol. 34, Issue 10.
  15. Shishegar R, Britto J, Johnston L. A method for assessing nonlinear growth in the fetal cortex. 2014 36TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY (EMBC). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2014.

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