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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 apply the state-of-the-art imaging technologies – magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET)- for cancer detection and treatment response. The ongoing projects are focused on developing:

  1. understanding the crosstalk between the inhibition of major oncogenic pathways (anti-cancer treatment) and cancer metabolism;
  2. establishing novel imaging protocols for metabolic (e.g. glucose and lipid metabolism) and physiological (angiogenesis) response to novel anti-cancer therapies;
  3. assessing tumor microenvironment (inflammation, metastasis) using non-invasive imaging.


During the summer fellowship, students will learn (in close collaborations with Drs. Eckhardt’ and Schedin’ groups):
  1. to culture human colorectal and breast 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: