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SungMin Sohn

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709

Before joining Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University, Sung-Min Sohn was an assistant professor in Department of Radiology at University of Minnesota Medical School. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2002 and 2004, respectively, and his doctorate from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 2013. From 2004 to 2007, he was a circuit design engineer in the analog and mixed signal circuit group, LG Electronics, Seoul Korea. His current research interests include Bio-inspired RF/analog/digital circuits and systems. For now, major research topic lies in RF/analog electronics, novel RF coils and interfaces in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He was awarded a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIBIB) as one of five awardees in the field of biomedical imaging and bioengineering in 2016. This grant provides more than $1M over five years (2016–2021) for his research efforts.



  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota-Minneapolis 2013
  • M.S. Korea University, Seoul 2004
  • B.S. Korea University, Seoul 2002
Research Interests

RF/analog/digital circuits and systems for biomedical applications. 

Simultaneous transmit and receive (STAR) system in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Automatically frequency tuned and impedance matched RF system. 

MRI electronics (RF coils, RF power amplifier, low-noise amplifier, filters, RF switches, couplers, RF power monitor, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converter)


Sohn S-M, J. T. Vaughan, R. L. Lagore, M. Garwood, and D. Idiyatullin, "In vivo MR imaging with simultaneous RF transmission and reception," Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 76, pp. 1932-1938, 2016.

S. M. Sohn, A. Gopinath, and J.T. Vaughan, “A Compact, High Power Capable, and Tunable High Directivity Microstrip Coupler” in Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 64, pp. 3217-3223, 2016. (DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2016.2602835)

Sung-Min Sohn, Lance DelaBarre, Anand Gopinath, and J.Thomas Vaughan, “Design of Electrically Automated RF Transceiver Head Coil in MRI,” IEEE Trans. Biomedical Circuits and Systems., vol.9, no.5, pp.725-732, Oct. 2015. (DOI: 10.1109/TBCAS.2014.2360383)

Sung-Min Sohn, Lance DelaBarre, Anand Gopinath, and J.Thomas Vaughan, “RF Head Coil Design with Improved RF Magnetic Near-Fields Uniformity for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Systems,” IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Techn., vol. 62, no. 8, pp. 1784-1789. Aug. 2014. (DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2014.2331621)

Can E Akgun, Lance DelaBarre, Hyoungsuk Yoo, Sung-Min Sohn, Carl J Snyder, Gregor Adriany, Kamil Ugurbil, Anand Gopinath, and J Thomas Vaughan, “Stepped Impedance Resonators for High-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng., vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 327-333, Feb. 2014. (DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2013.2250973)

S-M. Sohn, J. Thomas Vaughan and Anand Gopinath, “An interdigitated Split-Ring Resonator for Metamaterials,” Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, Vol. 53, No. 1 page(s) 174-177, Jan. 2011. (DOI: 10.1002/mop.25683)

Sung-Min Sohn, Sung-Hyun Yang, Sang-Wook Kim, Kug-Hyun Baek, and Woo-Hyun Paik, “SoC design of an auto-focus driving image signal processor for mobile camera applications,” Consumer Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Volume 52, Issue 1, Page(s):10 – 16, Feb. 2006. (DOI: 10.1109/TCE.2006.1605018)

Sung-Min Sohn, Soo-Hwan Kim, Suh-Ho Lee, Kwang-Jin Lee, and Suki Kim, “A CMOS image sensor (CIS) architecture with low power motion detection for portable security camera applications,” Consume Electronics IEEE Transactions on Volume 49, Issue 4, Page(s):1227 – 1233, Nov. 2003. (DOI: 10.1109/TCE.2003.1261221)

Research Activity
  • Automatic RF Signal Tuning and Matching System for MR Imaging and Spectroscopy (NIH, K99EB020058, PI: Sung-Min Sohn)
  • Imaging Human Brain Function with Minimal Mobility Restrictions (NIH, 1U01EB025153-01, PI: Michael Garwood at University of Minnesota)
  • Imaging Brain Function in Real World Environments & Populations with Portable MRI (NIH, R24MH105998, PIs:, Michael Garwood at University of Minnesota, J.Thomas Vaughan at Columbia University)
  • Human MRI to 9.4T and Beyond (NIH, R01EB006835, PI: J.Thomas Vaughan at University of Minnesota)
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 413Biomedical Instrumentation
BME 592Research
BME 599Thesis
EEE 792Research
BME 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 792Research