Robert Thomen - Mizzou Engineering

Robert Thomen

Robert Thomen

Assistant Professor, Biological and Biomedical Engineering

1 Hospital Drive

Phone: 573-882-1026


Chemical and Biomedical Engineering


Robert Thomen is an assistant professor with a joint appointment with the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and the School of Medicine’s Radiology Department.

Thomen’s research gives the lungs another look. His team has hypothesized that a new way to see what is happening inside the lungs using hyperpolarized gas will make both treatments and diagnoses more precise. Thomen, who runs the Mizzou Pulmonary Imaging Research Lab, hopes these detailed scans can help researchers investigate, diagnose and treat diseases like COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema.


PhD from Washington University in St Louis
MS from Creighton University
BS from Creighton University

Technical Focus

Hyperpolarized gases

MRI physics

Pulmonary imaging