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Rao Gullapalli, PhD, MBA

Rao Gullapalli
Rao P. Gullapalli, PhD, MBA

Professor
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Associate Vice Chair for Research & Member of the Department's Executive Leadership Committee

Director
Core for Translational Research in Imaging @ Maryland (C-TRIM)

Director
Center for Metabolic Imaging and Therapeutics (CMIT)

Phone: 410-328-2099
Email: rgullapalli@som.umaryland.edu

Biosketch

Dr. Gullapalli has a broad background in medical imaging with specific training and expertise in developing novel magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques for clinical research. He worked for a leading medical imaging company translating research into mainstream products. Dr. Gullapalli's academic career involves studying longitudinal changes in structure and function following brain injury and developing image-guided interventional techniques. 

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Magnetic Resonance Research

Dr. Gullapalli has a broad background in medical imaging with specific training and expertise in developing novel magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques for clinical research. He worked for a leading medical imaging company translating research into mainstream products. His academic career involves studying longitudinal changes in structure and function following brain injury and developing image-guided interventional techniques. 

Dr. Gullapalli's lab has been focused on developing new imaging biomarkers associated with traumatic brain injury and utilizing multi-parametric imaging for improving the sensitivity and specificity of injury detection. The lab's recent development of diffusion kurtosis imaging for the detection of microstructural changes and neuro-inflammation, and brain network changes using resting state and task related functional MR have been exceedingly well received and are being translated to the clinic. 

He is also involved in the development of novel MR guided neuro-interventions and provide augmented reality solutions within the MR imaging environment. 


Research Projects

  • Novel MR Markers for Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Multi-parametric MR Imaging
  • Diffusion Kurtosis Imaging
  • Functional MR Imaging
  • MR Guided Robotic Neurosurgery
  • Augmented Reality

Lab Members

Rao Gullapalli

Rao P. Gullapalli, PhD, MBA
Professor
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Associate Vice Chair for Research & Member of the Department's Executive Leadership Committee
Director, Core for Translational Research in Imaging @ Maryland (C-TRIM)
Director, Center for Metabolic Imaging and Therapeutics (CMIT)
Tel: 410-328-2099
Email: rgullapalli@umm.edu

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Su Xu, PhD

Jiachen Zhuo

Jiachen Zhuo, PhD

Chenny (Jiachen) received a PhD from UM.  She has worked to develop novel imaging sequences, including Diffusion Kurtosis Imaging (DKI).

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Sijia Guo, PhD

Sijia is an ultrasound physicist

Li Jiang, PhD

Li Jiang, PhD
Research Associate
Department of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

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Shiyu Tang

Shiyu is a PhD student.

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Steven Roys, MSc


Active Grants and Proposals

PI/MPIGrant TitleTotal Project PeriodFunding SourceTotal Costs
Rao Gullapalli/Cullen Imaging Shared Services (University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center Support Grant) Aug 2016 - July 2021 NCI $774,245.00
Rao Gullapalli/Xu Targeting M1/M3 Muscarinic Receptors to Treat Gestational Pesticide Poisoning Jan 2017 - Dec 2022 NIEHS $2,738,347.00
Rao Gullapalli/
Jiachen Zhuo
Longitudinal Sub-thalamic Structure and Functional Alterations in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury July 2018 - May 2023 NIH-NINDS $3,064,343.00
Rao Gullapalli/Xu Characterization and Comparison of Ferret to Rat Traumatic Brain Injury Sept 2019 - Aug 2024 Walter Reed Army Institute of Research $1,386,366.00
Rao Gullapalli/Marano Brain Bioenergetic Function in Schiophrenia Dec 2019 - Jan 2024 NIH $548,455.00
Rao Gullapalli/Guo Investigating the Feasibility of Targeting Temporal Lobe Using Transcranial MRI Guided Focused Ultrasound Sept 2019 - Feb 2021 Focused Ultrasound Foundation $103,700.00
Rao Gullapalli UMB Baltimore Gullapalli Neuro Clinical MR2020 Nov 2020 - Oct 2021 Siemens Medical $25,000.00
Rao Gullapalli/
Dheeraj Gandhi
Feasibility of TLE using M Rg FUS (Preclinical)   FUS Foundation $107,700.00

Total: $8,748,156.00