Erik Shapiro is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Radiology. His Molecular and Cellular Imaging Laboratory (MCIL) develops and uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and x-ray computed tomography (CT) for molecular and cellular imaging of biological phenomena, regenerative medicine, and early detection of disease.

Dr. Shapiro holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He conducted his post-doctoral work in molecular imaging at the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Shapiro’s Molecular and Cellular Imaging Laboratory develops new imaging approaches for MRI, X-ray, and nuclear medicine in order to understand biology, to detect disease at early stages, and to monitor treatments. The lab’s efforts are geared toward a wide variety of important biomedical topics ranging from stem cell transplantation and migration, cancer diagnostics and therapy, abnormal diabetes pathologies, and tissue-engineered scaffolds. Tools developed by Dr. Shapiro’s group include multi-modality contrast agents and nanomaterials, engineered protein transporters, large animal models of disease, and artificial intelligence image analysis.

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