Natarajan Raghunand, PhD

Director, Radiology Research

Associate Member, Cancer Physiology

Scientific Director, Quantitative Imaging Shared Resource



  • B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) - Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India
  • MS (Chemical Engineering) - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • PhD (Chemical Engineering) - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


Research Interests:

  • DW-MRI, DCE-MRI and Ferumoxytol MRI biomarker development in cancer clinical trials
  • Imaging biomarkers to guide adaptive therapy of solid cancers
  • Machine learning on radiologic and pathology images for prediction, prognosis, and differential diagnosis




Current Lab Members


Andres Arias Lorza, PhD (Erasmus University)


Current Projects:

  • MRI predictors of tumor response in early-phase clinical trials of PEGylated hyaluronidase
  • mpMRI biomarkers to guide loco-regional irreversible electroporation therapy of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma






Harshan Ravi, PhD (University of Texas at Arlington)


Current Projects:

  • Ferumoxytol MRI  of tumor-associated macrophages
  • mpMRI "habitat" predictors of high-grade glioma response to immune-oncology therapeutics








Shraddha Pandey, MS (doctoral student, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida)

Dissertation Project: Joint Reconstruction of Multiparameter MRI Images for Accelerated Imaging of Intratumoral Subpopulations










Lab Alumni


Asim M. Mazin, PhD: Post-Doctoral Fellow 2019-2020, joined Qualcomm in San Diego as a Senior Software Engineer.












Samuel H. Hawkins, PhD: Post-Doctoral Fellow 2017-2019, joined Bradley University, Peoria, IL, as Assistant Professor of Computer Science.












Michael J. Bonassar, MS: Research Associate 2015-2017, joined the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, FL.