Natarajan Raghunand, PhD

Director of Radiology Research

Associate Member, Cancer Physiology Department

Scientific Director, Quantitative Imaging Core

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ORCiD 0000-0002-8893-7687

Senior Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports



  • 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

Shraddha Pandey, MS (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, USF)


Dissertation Project:

1) Joint Reconstruction of Multiparameter MRI Images for Accelerated Imaging of Intratumoral Subpopulations.

2) Predicting post-Radiation MRI images (forward model), and predicting optimal RT dose maps to yield prescribed post-RT MRI images (inverse model).



Harshan Ravi, PhD (University of Texas at Arlington)


Research Projects:

  • Ferumoxytol MRI  of tumor-associated macrophages


  • mpMRI "habitat" predictors of high-grade glioma response to immune-oncology therapeutics


Lab Alumni

Ching-Nung Lin, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2021-2022. Currently Research Scientist in the Biostatistics/Bioinformatics department at Moffitt.



Andres M. Arias-Lorza, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2018-2021. Currently Research Scientist at Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB).




Jin Qi, MD

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2020-2021. Joined the Radiology Residency Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.



Asim M. Mazin, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2019-2020. Currently Senior 5G SW Applications Engineer at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.




Samuel H. Hawkins, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2017-2019. Currently Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

Michael J. Bonassar, DC, MS:

Research Associate 2015-2017. Joined the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, FL. Currently a Chiropractic Physician at the Florida Injury and Wellness Center.