Carina Mari Aparici
Carina Mari Aparici serves as an Associate Professor at the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has a long history of extensive training and productivity in Europe and in USA. She trained in SPECT and PET in Europe with Dr. Ignasi Carrio, the Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. She continued her training at Stanford University with Dr. William Strauss (pioneer in the field of cardiovascular nuclear medicine), where she was introduced to the emerging field of molecular imaging. She became the Director of the new small animal imaging laboratory and personally was in charge of the development of the first small animal micro-SPECT/CT imaging system. Her work resulted in several awards in the field of cardiovascular imaging. After Dr. Strauss moved to Sloan-Kettering Center, she continued her training at Stanford with Dr. Sam Gambhir, known to be a pioneer in the field of molecular imaging. During this period, she developed expertise in probe synthesis, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, small animal imaging, bioluminescence, autoradiography, CT, and hybrid SPECT/CT and PET/CT techniques among others and her contributions in several collaborative studies lead to the publication of papers in journals as prestigious as Nature Biotechnology. She is one of the first in a new generation of scientist-physicians trained in molecular imaging, and an expert in SPECT/CT and PET/CT. At present, she is the Chief of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at the San Francisco VAMC.
Biography Updated on 3 November 2011