Center For Molecular Imaging
Eva Sevick-Muraca, Ph.D., Professor & Director
Phone: (713) 500-3560
The Mission of the Center for Molecular Imaging (CMI) is to develop and apply new in vivo imaging technologies and imaging agents for the study biological processes in disease and health as well as to translate new molecular imaging approaches for enhanced clinical diagnostics.
The Center for Molecular Imaging (CMI) consists of an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers who focus upon multi-modality molecular imaging including nuclear imaging, x-ray computed tomography, bioluminescence, fluorescence, and our specialty, near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence to enable new understandings in several disease states. In addition to having its own basic science and clinical research projects, the team also operates a “collaboration” center where clinicians and basic scientists from across the Texas Medical Center partner with CMI members to effectively apply diagnostics in preclinical and clinical studies. Our team effectively translates new NIR molecular imaging technologies literally from “bench-to-bedside.” The CMI is one of four Centers in the U.S. comprising the National Cancer Institute’s Network for Translational Research.
The science and engineering research projects within the CMI encompass:
- Developing, building, and translating NIR fluorescence imaging instrumentation and algorithms for multi-modality molecular imaging in preclinical and clinical studies
- Developing and applying tomographic algorithms for NIR tomography for small animal and human imaging
- Designing, producing, and validating unique NIR and nuclear imaging probes for assessing molecular pathways in preclinical studies and for enhanced diagnostics in Phase I and Phase I/II combination device/drug clinical studies.
The CMI basic science projects involve:
- New molecular imaging agents for non-invasive diagnostic imaging for nodal staging in breast, prostate, melanoma, and other cancers.
- Using molecular imaging to understand the process of lymphangiogenesis involved in cancer metastasis, infection, injury and trauma, vascular diseases, and hereditary disease in unique animal models.
- Evaluating molecular signaling in the process of tissue re-organization in health and disease, including bone fracture, athlerosclerosis, and cancer.
- Combining molecular imaging and unique knockout animal models to understand the molecular genetics of disease.
Our ongoing clinical research currently focuses upon:
- Using NIR fluorescence imaging to phenotype lymphatic and lymphovascular dysfunction in human subjects for directing genotyping.
- Information for healthy volunteers
- Information for individuals with Lymphedema
Our research competencies are:
- a small animal imaging (CT/PET and optical tomography, Bioluminescence, Fluorescence using gene reporters, NIR fluorescence);
- a molecular probe development (Radio- and NIR fluorescence chemistries; gene reporters);
- The Photon Migration Laboratory (optical engineering and computational core)
- Regulatory, quality assurance, and compliance expertise for supporting Phase I and Phase I/II FDA applications from the CMI.
Contact Us: Alainna D, Talton 713-500-3488.
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The CMI team:
Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, Ph.D. - Professor and Cullen Chair
Ali Azhdarinia, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Manuel Gonzalez-Garay, PhD - Assistant Professor
Barrett R. Harvey, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Sunkuk Kwon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
John C. Rasmussen, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Alainna Talton - Administrative Assistant III
Dana B. White - Administrative Assistant II
Melissa Aldrich, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
I-Chih Tan, Ph.D. -Assistant Professor
Peng Gao, Ph.D. - Instructor
Sukhen Ghosh, Ph.D. - Research Scientist
Banghe Zhu Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Chinmay Darne, Ph.D. - Research Fellow
Amy Hazen, Ph.D. - Program Manager
Sarah Amra, B.S. - Chief Histology Technician
Ken Pinkston, Research Coordinator II
Nathaniel Wilganowski - Research Coordinator II
Grace Wu - Research Coordinator II
Holly Robinson - Research Coordinator I
J. Rodney Morrow - Senior Regulatory and Compliance Specialist
Germaine Agollah - Graduate Student
Emily Stinemetz, Graduate Student