Animal Models Shared Resource – Preclinical Imaging Research Laboratory (PIRL)

Various graphs depicting outcomes of PIRL studies

Chris Albanese, PhD, Director

Olga Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Co-director

Yichien Lee, PhD, Manager

Kyle Korolowicz, Ultrasonographer


The mission of the Animal Models Shared Resource – Preclinical Imaging Research Laboratory (PIRL) is to provide priority 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, for example, experimental phantoms and contrast agents and ex-vivo samples, to Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) Members across both DC (Georgetown University) and NJ (Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation) campuses. The PIRL offers a comprehensive program that facilitates image acquisition and advanced and quantitative image analysis to advance research in fields such as contrast agent development, childhood and adult cancers, spinal cord injury and repair, obesity, liver and kidney disease, diabetes and diabetic complications, and pathogenic infections.


DC campus: Georgetown University – 3970 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057

NJ campus: Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) Research Animal Facility (RAF), Hackensack-Seton Hall Medical School Annex building

  • Perkin Elmer IVIS X5 multimode optical imaging system (Xray, bioluminescence, fluorescence and isotopes): RAF room 5693
  • VisualSonics VEVO 3100 Small Animal Ultrasound Imaging System: RAF room 5693
  • Stellaris 8 confocal microscope (Intravital imaging): RAF room 5690B