Animal Model Preclinical Imaging Lab

Various graphs depicting outcomes of PIRL studies

Chris Albanese, PhD, Director

Olga Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Co-director


Services and Fees




The mission of the PIRL is to provide the GUMC research community with access to state-of-the-art non-invasive in vivo imaging technologies for the characterization of animal models of disease and for studies that involve the chemical and physical evaluation of experimental phantoms and contrast agents, ex-vivo samples, etc. The PIRL offers a comprehensive program that facilitates image acquisition and advanced and quantitative image analysis to advance research in fields such as childhood and adult cancers, spinal cord injury and repair and, bacterial infections. 

Customized services offered by the PIRL include:

  1. Advice and guidance on the efficient use and novel applications of these imaging methodologies and on experimental design.
  2. Research and development to generate and tailor imaging protocols to fit users’ specific needs.
  3. Training on the safe and proper use of imaging equipment and in image processing and quantitative analysis
  4. Support for the writing of properly powered imaging-based grant proposals and scientific manuscripts.
  5. Mentoring of students involved in PIRL projects.


MRI, ultrasound and Hematology: Room WB01, The Research Building basement

Optical Imaging and X-Ray machine: DCM

In all publications that include data derived or methods used from the Animal Models Shared Resource, please acknowledge our resource. The Animal Models Shared Resource is partially supported by NIH/NCI grant P30 CA051008.