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Cancer Systems Imaging Faculty

David Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D. – Gerald Dewey Dodd, Jr., Endowed Distinguished Chair in Diagnostic Imaging, Division of Diagnostic Imaging; Professor and Chair, Department of Cancer Systems Imaging; Deputy Division Head, Research Affairs
Research Interests: Molecular Imaging, Signal transduction, Genetically encoded reporters, Bioluminescence, PET

Mian Alauddin, Ph.D. – Associate Professor
Research Interests: Development of PET probes for in vivo imaging of cancers and their therapy evaluation; Radiolabeling of antibodies and peptides for cancer diagnosis and therapy

Pratip K. Bhattacharya, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Research Interests: Hyperpolarization: liquid and solid state, real-time molecular and metabolic imaging in vivo, silicon nanoparticle hyperpolarization for targeted MRI and nanochemistry, parahydrogen Induced Polarization and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization

Hossain Baghaei, Ph.D.  Associate Professor
Research Interests: PET/CI imaging, Ultra-high Resolution PET/CT and PET/MR system and Technology instrumentation development, Clinical PET application development

Seth T. Gammon, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Development of new hyperpolarized MRI agents for study of the adaptive and innate immune systems,  Leveraging existing bioluminescent and fluorescent reporters for studying the complex interaction of the innate immune system, tumor biology, and cancer chemotherapeutics, Using quantitative PET/SPECT/CT techniques for imaging of the pharmacodynamics of novel therapies in preclinical animal models, Development of novel methods of extracting new information from existing imaging techniques and contrast agents in the context of tumor progression and intervention in preclinical models

Victor Krasnykh, Ph.D.  Associate Professor
Research Interests: Molecular profiling of tumor biomarkers by imaging; molecular probes development for PET and NIRF; image-guided therapy; tumor-targeted gene delivery

Lucia G. Le Roux, Ph.D. Instructor
Research Interests: Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathies (CIPN)

Chun Li, Ph.D. Professor
Research Interests: Development of targeted imaging probes for noninvasive characterization of molecular events; development of novel drug-delivery systems for selective delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic agents

Niki M. Zacharias Millward, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Research Interests: metabolism, metabolic profiling, hyperpolarized imaging, and molecular imaging

Steven Millward, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor
Research Interests: metabolism, metabolic profiling, hyperpolarized imaging, and molecular imaging

Florian Muller, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Passenger deletions as targets of personalized therapy and non-invasive diagnostic imaging

Wai-Hoi (Gary) Wong, Ph.D. Professor and Director, PET Instrumentation Development
Research Interests: PET/CI imaging, Ultra-high Resolution PET/CT and PET/MR system and Technology instrumentation development, Clinical PET application development

Yuxuan Zhang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Research Interests: PET/CI imaging, Ultra-high Resolution PET/CT and PET/MR system and Technology instrumentation development, Clinical PET application development

Jun Zhao, Ph.D.  Instructor
Research Interests: Development of novel drug-delivery systems for selective delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic agents

Faculty: Joint, Adjunct & Visiting 

Rivka Colen, M.D.  Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Section of Neuroradiology Head & Neck
Research Interests: Imaging, Imaging genomics, Radiomics, Radiogenomics, Imaging biomarkers, Quantitative analysis, Cancer imaging, Imaging and –omics, Imaging and big data

Carlos E. Gonzalez-Lepera, Ph.D.  Professor, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Research Interests: Implement and oversee manufacturing of FDA approved PET radiopharmaceuticals, Develop new techniques for cyclotron produced radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals.

Vikas Kundra, M.D., Ph.D.  Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Section of Abdominal Imaging
Research Interest: Imaging of Gene Expression, Gene Therapy and Responsive Therapy

Homer A. Macapinlac, M.D.  Professor, James E. Anderson Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Medicine, Chair, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Research Interests: Early response evaluation in solid tumors (e.g. lung cancer, lymphoma) using various novel PET tracers in comparison to FDG. Novel theranostic multi-tracer techniques using PET/CT or SPECT/CT for pre-therapy dosimetry/patient selection, alpha/beta therapy and post therapy dose estimates in patients with prostate, neuroendocrine and breast cancer. Novel PET/MR techniques to improve multi-parametric image quantification in early recurrence of prostate cancer.

Donald A. Podoloff, M.D., FACR  Professor, Associate Division Head Clinical Translational Research; Medical Director, Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging  CABI

Dawid Schellingerhout, M.D.  Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Section of Neuroradiology Head & Neck
Research Interests: Molecular Imaging of novel gene and cell based therapies, particularly for Central Nervous System (CNS) conditions, Non-invasive mapping of therapeutic gene delivery, Assessment of therapeutic gene expression by imaging, Pharmacological manipulation of gene therapy vector distribution, Focused ultrasound for the disruption of the blood brain barrier, Assessment of PET agents for the delineation of brain tumors

Gomika Udugamasooriya, Ph.D.  – Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Systems Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacological & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston

Derek West, M.D.  – Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Systems Imaging, The University of  Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering and Nanomedicine, UT Health Science Center Houston

Lingyun Xu, Ph.D.  – Visiting Scientist


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