Inas Khayal

Inas Khayal


Assistant Professor - Engineering Systems and Management

Dr. Khayal is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Systems and Management Program at the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology. She holds a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco Joint Graduate Group. She has also completed the Management of Technology Program from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. She started and chairs the Human Subjects Research Ethics Committee at Masdar Institute. She holds two US and international patents and she is featured in the book Medicine by Design: The Practice and Promise of Biomedical Engineering by Fen Montaigne.

Dr. Khayal has developed the concept of Sustainable Health at Masdar Institute. As part of the Sustainable Health concept, Dr. Khayal is interested in the integration of social and environmental factors affecting public health, especially for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and obesity in order to understand and develop early warning markers and factors for health. Part of her research focuses on understanding the social factors affecting health by utilizing social networks and network analysis techniques. Dr. Khayal’s Sustainable Health Lab has developed models explaining the change in BMI utilizing individual and social information. Dr. Khayal’s Sustainable Health Lab is also exploring the effect of environmental factors on various health conditions. Her expertise includes study design of clinical and non-clinical experiments. On the biological side, this includes the analysis of MR imaging data for cancer. Dr. Khayal utilizes non-invasive acquisition to computationally visualize, model and analyze biological and non-biological data as it affects human health.

For more information on Dr. Khayal's research program, please visit the Sustainable Health Lab or Dr. Khayal's webpage.

Courses/Teaching interests:

  • ESM615 Sustainable Health
  • ESM620 Analysis of Complex System Networks
  • ESM507 Entrepreneurship


Advisor to current Masdar Institute students:

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  • Mohamed Mehair Al Mazrouei   
  • Khasaiba Obaid Mubarak Al Dalel


Research Interest/Research Projects

  • Sustainable Health
  • Sustainable healthy living
  • Using ubiquitous technology for non-invasive early warning markers
  • Health monitoring of chronic disease
  • Social (Social Networks) and Environmental factors affecting public health

Selected Publications

  • Nadav Aharony, Wei Pan, Cory Ip, Inas Khayal, Alex Pentland. “The Social fMRI: Measuring, Understanding, and Designing Social Mechanisms in the Real World.” IEEE Pervasive and Mobile Computing 2011; 7(6): pp. 643-659.
  • IS Khayal, S Vandenberg, K Smith, C Cloyd, SM Chang, S Cha, SJ Nelson, TR McKnight. “MRI apparent diffusion coefficient reflects histopathologic subtype, axonal disruption, and tumor fraction in diffuse-type grade II gliomas.” Neuro-oncology 2011;13 (11): pp. 1192-1201.
  • IS Khayal, MC Polley, L Jalbert, A Elkhaled, SM Chang, NA Butowski, SM Chang, SJ Nelson. “Evaluation of Diffusion Parameters as early biomarkers of disease progression in Glioblastoma Multiforme.” Neuro-oncology 2010; 12(9): pp. 908-916.
  • IS Khayal, TR McKnight, W Bien, S Cha, SM Chang, SJ Nelson. “Characterization of Low-Grade Gliomas Using RGB Color Maps Derived From ADC Histograms.” Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2009; 30(1): pp. 209-213.
  • IS Khayal, TR McKnight, C McGue, S. Vandenberg, KR Lamborn, SM Chang, S Cha, SJ Nelson. “Apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy of newly diagnosed grade II gliomas.” NMR Biomedicine 2009; 22(4): pp. 449-455.
  • W Bian, IS Khayal, J Lupo, C McGue, S Vandenberg, K Lamborn, S Chang, S Cha, SJ Nelson. “Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic, Perfusion, and Diffusion Imaging of Newly Diagnosed Grade II Gliomas.” Translational Oncology 2009 December 1; 2(4): 271-280.  
  • FW Crawford, IS Khayal, C McGue, S Saraswathy, A Pirzkall, S Cha, KR Lambron, SM Chang, MS Berger, SJ Nelson. “Relationship of pre-surgery metabolic and physiological MR imaging parameters to survival for patients with untreated GBM.” Journal of Neuro-oncology, 2009 Feb; 91(3): pp. 337-51.  
  • IS Khayal, FW Crawford, S Saraswathy, KR Lamborn, S Chang, S Cha, TR McKnight, SJ Nelson.  “Relationship between choline and apparent diffusion coefficient in patients with gliomas.” Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2008; 27(4): pp. 718-725.