Catana Lab

Ciprian Catana, MD, PhD

Associate Professor in Radiology
Harvard Medical School


Dr. Catana received his M.D degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Targu-Mures, Romania in 2001 and completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis in 2007. He then joined the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital for his postdoctoral training and is now an Associate Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Catana also serves as the Director of PET/MR Imaging at the Martinos Center.

Dr. Catana has extensive experience in combining PET and MRI and is currently focusing on developing quantitative PET-MRI for human use.  Working closely with dozens of basic science researchers and physician-scientists, Dr. Catana is applying this novel technology to the study of normal brain and neuropsychiatric diseases as well as exploring its clinical potential for cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases as well as whole-body oncological applications.

Ongoing/Completed Research Support

U01EB029826 (NIH/NIBIB)

Development of the Human Dynamic Neurochemical Connectome Scanner

R01EB026995 (NIH/NIBIB)

Development of 7-T MR-compatible TOF-DOI PET Detector and System Technology for the Human Dynamic Neurochemical Connectome Scanner

R01CA218187 (NIH/NCI)

Multimodal MR-PET Machine Learning Approaches for Primary Prostate Cancer Characterization

R01EB014894 (NIH/NIBIB)

MR-assisted PET data optimization for neuroimaging studies

R01CA137254 (NIH/NCI)

Quantitative MR-PET for Therapy Assessment in Glioma Patients



University of California, Davis, USA

M.D. degree

University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Targu-Mures, Romania