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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Natalie J. Serkova, PhD



Oncologic Imaging, Radiology


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Departments of Anesthesiology and Radiology


Must have completed three years of college and have some physics an/or biochemistry background.

Number of Openings: 2


The main focus of Dr. Serkova’ research is to investigate tumor growth, invasion (metastases) and microenvironment in animal cancer models using non-invasive imaging - magnetic resonance imagine (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET). The ongoing projects are focused on understanding brain and breast cancer and particularly:

  1. understanding the crosstalk between tumor-associated macrophages in breast cancer and metastatic spread;
  2. improving anti-cancer drug delivery to the brain cancer using novel targeted imaging-detectable careers;
  3. assessing colon cancer response to novel anti-cancer drugs using non-invasive imaging.


During the summer fellowship, students will learn (in close collaborations with Drs. Eckhardt’ and Lyons' groups):
  1. to culture human brain, breast, and colon cancer cell lines;
  2. to extract cancer cells and biopsies for metabolic NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance analysis);
  3. to handle animals during MRI, PET, or CT imaging studies;
  4. to analyze metabolic and imaging data;
  5. to present their results and prepare scientific reports.

Dr. Serkova will also provide weekly didactic lectures on the basic principles of oncologic imaging.

More details can be found at Animal Imaging website:



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