Cancer Imaging

Program Themes

  • Utilize imaging agents to study cancer pathogenesis and develop cancer-targeting therapeutics
  • Codify quantifiable imaging metrics to study cancer biology and improve cancer treatments  
  • Translate novel imaging methodologies to patient care

Program Information

The overarching goal of the Cancer Imaging Program is to utilize imaging for basic discoveries of carcinogenic mechanisms and therapeutic development that will translate into improved patient care.

To provide structure and promote cohesion within the larger program, investigators are organized into four scientific focus areas that address key questions in cancer research and reflect specific areas of expertise of the Program's membership.

  • Imaging of the Tumor Microenvironment: This focus group engages members who study the cancer microenvironment with the goal of identifying new markers and paradigms for drug targeting or cancer detection. This includes development of tools to assess the extent of tumor cell migration into surrounding host tissues for clinical assessment of disease dissemination.
  • Image-Guided Therapies: Members of this focus group develop novel approaches for monitoring cancer treatment and evaluating efficacy in vivo and ultimately in patients. These efforts range from clever utilization of conventional imaging tools for rapid clinical translation to developing targeted imaging agents and the tools for assessing drug delivery.
  • Nanotechnology for Imaging and Drug Delivery: Members of this focus group develop nanodevices that impact many aspects of cancer imaging and treatment such as gene transfer and drug delivery. Efforts in this group include utilization of metallic nanoparticles to specifically deliver contrast agents to disease sites.
  • Stem Cell Imaging: This focus group utilizes imaging approaches to study the biology of stem cells in vivo, for instance in the therapeutic setting, and to observe cancer stem cells. Members investigate the interactions between stem cells and their microenvironment and have developed imaging techniques to track stem cell homing, engraftment, proliferation, and differentiation.

Program Members

Norbert E. Avril, MD
Professor, Nuclear Medicine

Chaitra Badve, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiology

James P. Basilion, PhD
Professor, Radiology

Susann M. Brady-Kalnay, PhD
Professor, Molecular Biology & Microbiology

Samuel T. Chao, MD
Assistant Professor, Brain Tumor and Neuro-oncology Center

Valdir C. Colussi, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Physics

Frank DiFilippo, PhD
Associate Professor, Nuclear Medicine

Jennifer Dorth, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology

Rodney J. Ellis, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology

Agata A. Exner, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiology

Chris A. Flask, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Pediatrics

Mark A. Griswold, PhD
Professor, MRI

James W. Jacobberger, PhD
Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology)

Andrew Janowczyk, PhD
Assistant Research Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Efstathios Karathanasis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Radiology

Shlomo Koyfman, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Vijay Krishna, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Vinod Labhasetwar, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Zhenghong Lee, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiology

Zheng-Rong Lu, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Mitchell M. Machtay, MD
Professor, Radiation Oncology

Anant Madabhushi, MS, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

David Mansur, MD
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology

Gordon McLennan, MD
Professor, Diagnostic Radiology

Raymond F. Muzic, Jr., PhD
Professor, Radiology 

Donna Plecha, MD
Associate Professor, Radiology

Tarun Podder, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Physics

Andrew M. Rollins, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Pablo R. Ros, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor and Chair, Radiology

Robert G. Salomon, PhD
Professor, Chemistry

Anirban Sen Gupta, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Rakesh Shiradkar, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Andrew E. Sloan, MD
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Jeffrey L. Sunshine, MD, PhD
Professor, Radiology

Sidhartha Tavri, MD
Assistant Professor, Interventional Radiology

Pallavi Tiwari, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Bryan J. Traughber, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology

Satish Viswanath, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Horst A. von Recum, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Ethan Walker, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Yanming Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiology

David L. Wilson, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Min Yao, MD, PhD
Professor, Radiation Oncology