Peter van Zijl

Peter C.M. van Zijl, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Division of MR Research within the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. He serves as Chief of the division’s Neuroscience section.

A researcher who specializes in brain imaging, Dr. van Zijl has spent his career developing novel magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and nuclear MR technologies and applying them to basic-science problems and clinical disease.

He is the Founding Director of the Johns Hopkins-affiliated F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1992.

Dr. van Zijl earned a Ph.D. in mathematics and physics from The Netherlands’ Free University in Amsterdam, from which he also holds an M.S. in inorganic chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry.

He completed his post-doctoral work in chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University and in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) at the NIH National Cancer Institute.

Dr. van Zijl has published more than 230 reviewed articles and serves as the principal investigator for a number of ongoing National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies.

A Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Dr. van Zijl is a member of many scientific advisory boards, NIH review panels and editorial boards. He also serves as the associate editor of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.