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Natalie L. Adolphi holds a B.A. in Physics (1989) from Augustana College (IL), an M.S. in Medical Physics (2013) from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in Physics (1995) from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Adolphi is currently an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with secondary appointments in Radiology and Pathology, at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. Since 2017, she has served as the Director of the Center for Forensic Imaging (CFI) at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI). Additionally, Dr. Adolphi is a Board Member and past Chair (2019-20) of the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI).

Personal Statement

I have leveraged my formal training in Magnetic Resonance and Medical Physics to develop expertise in both pre-clinical and forensic imaging. Currently I am the PI of two NIJ-funded grants focused on developing and utilizing MRI and CT for forensic pathology and anthropology applications. Recently, my lab characterized the temperature-dependence of several tissue-specific MR imaging parameters in post-mortem subjects and demonstrated the optimization of MR acquisition protocols to compensate for contrast changes due to temperature variation, also under NIJ funding. As a PI or key collaborator involved with a number of multi-disciplinary biomedical research projects at UNM, my research experience also includes projects aimed at developing and imaging nanoparticles for diagnostic and/or therapeutic delivery applications, microcoil NMR methods for in vitro detection of magnetic particles, and novel MRI techniques for pulmonary imaging. I am an inventor on two U.S. patents (both involving in vitro magnetic nanoparticle detection methods).