Skip to main content

Natalie L. Adolphi, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Photo: true

Contact Information

Phone: (505) 272-9951

Academic Career

Natalie Adolphi holds a Ph.D. in Physics (1995) from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.S. in Medical Physics (2013) from the University of New Mexico. She has experience in the academic, government, and small business research settings, having worked as a consultant or contractor for Sandia National Labs and for several small for-profit companies, including Senior Scientific, LLC and ABQMR, Inc. (both in Albuquerque, NM) and MRTechnology (Tsukuba, Japan).

Before joining the UNM Health Sciences faculty, she was a Research Scientist (2003-2008) at New Mexico Resonance, a small, non-profit research company in Albuquerque. From 1995-2003, she was a member of the physics faculty at Knox College, where her NSF-funded research program was focused on the characterization of metal-hydrogen systems using Magic-Angle Spinning (MAS) spectroscopy and other NMR methods.

Research Interests

Current funded research is focused on two main areas:

  1. Developing applications of advanced imaging methods (MRI and CT) for forensic investigation
  2. Methods for assessing and improving the targeting of nanoparticles for diagnosis and therapy of cancer, and other diseases. Other recent research projects include the development of magnetic relaxometry methods for detecting targeted magnetic nanoparticles in vivo, targeted magnetic nanoparticles for MRI detection of cancer, microcoil NMR methods for in vitro detection of magnetic particles, and novel MRI techniques for pulmonary imaging.

Practice and Research Pages

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Forensic Radiology and Imaging
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • American Physical Society


Bodies of evidence: the quest to improve post-mortem imaging
(HSCNewsBeat; Jan. 5, 2015) ─ Nature is unkind to decomposing bodies, but Natalie Adolphi, PhD, is exploring ways to enhance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of human corpses.

New "Nanomagnetic" Technology Could Improve Breast Cancer Detection
(HSCNewsBeat; Nov. 14, 2011) ─ Melding nanomedicine and magnetic imaging, researchers at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, the UNM Cancer Center, Senior Scientific and Sandia National Labs have pioneered a detection strategy that has several potential advantages over conventional x-ray mammography.