Diego Hernando, PhD, has been an Assistant Professor (tenure) in the Departments of Radiology and Medical Physics since 2016. He is originally from Valladolid, Spain, where he attended the Universidad de Valladolid, with a specific focus in Telecommunication Engineering. He moved to the United States and continued his studies, earning his Master’s degree in Computer Engineering at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Prof. Zhi-Pei Liang. Dr. Hernando is the Director of quantitative body MRI in the Department of Radiology and leads an active NIH-funded research group devoted to the development and translational validation of quantitative imaging techniques. His research interests include the development of imaging techniques for rapid and quantitative MRI, MRI physics, and translational imaging. Dr. Hernando is particularly interested in contributing to the transformation of MRI into a truly quantitative imaging modality. By measuring physically meaningful properties of tissue, his group aims to develop quantitative imaging biomarkers to improve the detection, staging and treatment monitoring of various diseases.