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Natalie L. Adolphi Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Natalie L. Adolphi, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Laboratory Photo

Natalie Adolphi, PhD and Daniel Sandoval, MS, review a magnetic resonance image of animal tissue. (Photo: Sara Mota)

Contact the Laboratory

Lab Physical Address

Biomedical Research Facility, Room 225; and
Autopsy Suite, Office of the Medical Investigator, 1101 Camino de Salud NE

Lab Mailing Address

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MSC08 4670
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 272-5064
Fax: (505) 272-6587

Research Interests

  • Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Forensic Radiology
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Nanotechnology

Major Funding

NIJ 2012-DN-BX-K019 (PI Adolphi)

$575,686 total
01/01/13 through 12/31/15
Title: Investigation of the Impact of Body Temperature and Post-Mortem Interval on Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Unfixed Tissue

The goal of this project is to determine how normal post-mortem changes, such as decomposition and changes in body temperature, affect the quality of post-mortem MRI.

Recent Research

Adolphi’s research interests include cancer diagnosis and therapy, forensic radiology, magnetic resonance and nanotechnology. Her current funded research focuses on applying advanced imaging methods (MRI and CT) for forensic investigation, and on the use 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.

Outside Investigators and Collaborators

  • Hugh D.C. Smyth, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics, University of Texas at Austin
  • Carlee Ashley, Ph.D. , Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Labs
  • Eric Carnes, Ph.D., Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Labs
  • Jeff Brinker, Ph.D., Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Labs
  • Radiology-Pathology Center for Forensic Imaging