Natarajan Raghunand, PhD

Director, Radiology Research

Associate Member, Cancer Physiology

Scientific Director, Quantitative Imaging Shared Resource

ORCID iD 0000-0002-8893-7687



  • 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)


Research 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

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


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

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

Ching-Nung Lin, PhD (National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan)


Research Projects:

  • MRI Prediction Using Deep Neural Networks
  • Machine Learning on Multiplexed Immunohistochemistry

Lab Alumni

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. 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.