Christian McHugh


Christian McHugh, PhD he/him/his

Assistant Teaching Professor




Science & Engineering 203B


2022University of North Carolina at Chapel HillPhD in Physics
2015University of DelawareHon BS in Physics
2015University of DelawareBBE




Research activities

  • Dual-modality molecular imaging using microbubbles
  • Chemical exchange saturation transfer with hyperpolarized xenon
  • Computational quantitative hyperCEST for multipool systems
  • Low-field NMR


Research interests

  • Medical Physics
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Molecular Imaging
  • Chemical Exchange NMR
  • Physics Education Research

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Dr. Christian McHugh is a faculty member in the physics department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In 2015, he earned degrees in both Physics and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He then worked as an MRI Research Specialist within the Laboratory for Structural, Physiologic, and Functional Imaging at the the University of Pennsylvania. He continued his work in the field of Medical Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his PhD in Physics in 2022. He is driven by an interdisciplinary approach to research, working at the intersection of physics and biomedical engineering. Dr. McHugh is also devoted to improving physics education and science communication for the students of UMass Dartmouth as well as its neighboring communities.