External Advisory Committee
Professor of Radiology, David Geffen School Medicine at UCLA
Dr. McNitt-Gray brings his experience as the Program Director of the UCLA Physics and Biology in Medicine Interdepartmental Graduate Program, an interdisciplinary program supported for over 40 years with an NIH T32 training grant. He has also devoted much of his research career to investigations into imaging in the detection, diagnosis and staging of disease, especially cancer. His primary focus has been on X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) with a specific focus on quantitative imaging.
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science
Dr. Gore brings experience directing both R25T and T32 NCI supported Training Programs, and has been active in the development of imaging methods for over 40 years, more recently focusing on the development of imaging biomarkers in cancer.
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Cristina Zavaleta develops new nano-based molecular imaging strategies. The advantage of utilizing nanoparticles as imaging contrast agents is their ability to reveal functional molecular information which can help diagnose diseases (cancer, for example), make treatment decisions, and advance drug discovery. One goal of her work is precision medicine, driven by the understanding that disease manifests differently in each person. Her work provides the tools to understand a cancer’s molecular expression on individual cells that can result in delivering more effective targeted therapies and other tailored treatments.
Dr. Zavaleta’s USC career includes a long history of mentorship and university service. One of her many contributions to USC is her current service on the Racial Parity Committee in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The group holds town halls among faculty and staff to better understand access issues and how to improve outreach and service to underserved communities.