Announcements and Updates


  • Congratulations to Ryan Hall for successfully defending his PhD thesis titled "Targeting Extradomain B Fibronectin for Enhanced Detection and Characterization of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma"


  • Farewell to Drs. Sangjoon Lee & Wenyu Sun


  • Our MRI contrast agent MT218 is now under phase I clinical trail for prostate cancer detection.
  • Congratulations to Andrew Schilb for successfully defending his PhD thesis titled “Optimization of non-viral gene delivery
    system for image-guided gene therapy for triple negative breast cancer”
  • Congratulations to Victoria Laney for winning the departmental award of Excellence in Departmental and External Service.
  • Congratulations to Peter Qiao for successfully defending his PhD thesis titled "Improving Diagnosis of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Through Magnetic Resonance Molecular Imaging of the Extracellular Matrix"
  • Farewell to Drs. Amita Vaidya, Peter Qiao, and Andrew Schilb


  • Congratulations to Ryan Hall for receiving the Summa Cum Laude honor for his presentation at ISMRM 2020. 
  • Congratulations to Ryan Hall and Dr. Nadia Ayat for their posters being selected for ISMRM 2020.
  • Welcome to our new post-doctoral scientist, Dr. Sangjoon Lee.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Amita Vaidya for being promoted to research assistant professor.
  • Farewell to Dr. Xujie Liu and Dr. Nadia Ayat.
  • Farewell to Josef Scheidt.


  • Welcome new graduate students Victoria Laney and Zheng Ding!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Nadia Ayat for successfully defending your PhD thesis titled "Image Guided Non-Viral Gene Therapy of Triple Negative Breast Cancer" 
  • Welcome to our new post-doctoral scientist, Wenyu Sun! 
  • Farewell to Sarah Roelle.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Amita Vaidya and Nadia Ayat for winning poster awards at the 14th annual Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society (OTS) meeting held in Seattle, WA.
  • A warm welcome to our new graduate students, Ryan Hall and Calin Nicolescu.   
  • Congratulations Da Sun for successfully defending your PhD thesis titled: “Development of Gene Therapies for Inherited Retinal Degenerations: A Non-Viral Approach”
  • Welcome to our new post-doctoral scientist, Xujie Liu!