Joan Greve

Joan Greve portrait
Scientific Program Manager

Democracy II, Suite 200

6707 Democracy Blvd.

Bethesda, MD 20817


Dr. Greve joined the NIBIB Division of Interdisciplinary Training as a Scientific Program Manager in 2020. Joan supports NIBIB’s extramural portfolio on training, workforce development, and diversity.

Joan is excited about serving the training needs of NIBIB, drawing upon her breadth of experience in training and workforce development. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes (solid and fluid mechanics, and regulatory science); contributed to undergraduate curriculum redesign; participated in senior design classes; regularly held extra Career Office Hours; provided hands-on training of MRI physics and in vivo methods; and advised Ph.D. students who have gone onto careers in academia and industry. In addition, she has led efforts on equity and inclusion, and has had significant involvement in student organizations supporting diverse identities. Joan has witnessed the ability of biomedical imaging and bioengineering training to improve people’s lives in a variety of workplace settings.

Joan earned a B.S. degree in engineering (bioengineering) from the University of Washington. After exploring careers outside of engineering, the multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and impactful nature of bioengineering research was irresistible and led her to a position within the biomedical imaging group at Genentech, Inc. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford’s first graduating class of bioengineers in 2006; her thesis work included the first data to combine MRI and computational fluid dynamics modeling of the cardiovascular system in murine and rat models.

Returning to the biomedical imaging group at Genentech, Joan led its preclinical MRI lab and also helped to translate an antibody to treat Alzheimer’s disease (co-authoring an investigational new drug filing and designing Phase I and II clinical trials. She led the imaging biomarker strategy as part of this project).

In 2014, Joan joined the faculty of University of Michigan’s Biomedical Engineering department where she led its 7T preclinical MRI lab, while her research team pursued precision approaches in preclinical studies. She has worked with or published using MRI, CT, ultrasound, PET, and optical methods, as well as numerous rodent models of human disease. Joan has been a voting member of three Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), including being Vice-Chair of University of Michigan’s IACUC.