Animal Model 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 Preclinical Imaging Research Laboratory (PIRL) is to provide the GUMC research community, and the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) Research Consortium 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, for example, experimental phantoms and contrast agents and ex-vivo samples. 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.