About Us

Meet the PI - Dr. Chopra

Principal Investigator

Rajiv Chopra, Ph.D.

Rajiv Chopra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Radiology
NE6.252
Phone: 214-648-7745
Rajiv.Chopra@UTSouthwestern.edu

Dr. Chopra was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Physics (1996) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and then completed his Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics (2002) at the University of Toronto. His doctoral thesis explored the potential to utilize minimally invasive HIFU devices in the MRI for tissue ablation.

From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Chopra was a Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, where he translated the concepts developed during his Ph.D. into a device to treat localized prostate cancer through the urethra. These efforts resulted in the completion of a first-in-man evaluation of transurethral High-intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and subsequent spinoff of the technology to a start-up company Profound Medical. Since that time, Profound Medical has developed a commercial system and Phase-I trials of the technology were recently completed across three countries.

Dr. Chopra collaborated with Dr. Kullervo Hynynen and Dr. David Goertz to establish a focused ultrasound research program at Sunnybrook Research Institute. Together they evaluated novel forms of ultrasound-mediated drug delivery using thermosensitive liposomes and noninvasive opening of the blood and spinal cord barrier.

In 2012, Dr. Chopra joined the Department of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center to establish a new research program in image-guided therapy with a focus on HIFU. His research group is currently evaluating novel applications of MR-HIFU, with activities covering technology development, preclinical evaluation, and clinical trials.

Dr. Chopra spends his free time with his wife and two children, who are a major source of strength and support.

Staff

Ursula Traylor

Ursula Traylor

Senior Administrative Assistant
NE6.124A
Phone: 214-648-4266
ursula.traylor@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Imalka Munaweera

Imalka Munaweera

Postdoctoral Researcher
NE6.140
Phone: 214-648-7710
imalka.munaweera@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Bingbing Cheng

Bingbing Cheng

Postdoctoral Researcher
NE3.200
Phone: 214-640-4074
bingbing.cheng@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Chenchen Bing

Chenchen Bing

Research Associate
NE3.200
Phone: 214-648-4028
chenchen.bing@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Cecil Futch

Cecil Futch

Research Assistant II
NE3.200
Phone: 214-648-4074
cecil.futch@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Debby Szczepanski

Debby Szczepanski

Preclinical Coordinator
Sr. Veterinary Technician
NE3.200
Phone: 214-648-4028
debra.szczepanski@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Y. Chatzinoff

Yonatan Chatzinoff

Biomedical Engineering Spec
NE3.200
Phone: 214-648-4074
yonatan.chatzinoff@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Yu (Cindy) Hong

Yu (Cindy) Hong

Research Assistant I
NE6.140
Phone: 214-648-7710
yuc.hong@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Sumbul Shaikh

Sumbul Shaikh

Research Assistant I
NE6.140
Phone: 214-648-7710
sumbul.shaika@utsouthwestern.edu

Students

Qi Wang

Qi Wang

Ph.D. Candidate
NE6.140
Phone: 214-648-7710
qi.wang@utsouthwestern.edu

Former Lab Members

  • Michelle Ladouceur-Wodzak – Preclinical coordinator/Sr. Veterinary Technician
  • Joris Nofiele – Research Associate
  • Omar Wyman – Summer Student (SURF Program)
  • Abeer Tijini – Summer Student (STARS Program)
  • Neha Kapoor – Summer Student (STARS Program)
  • Maya Venkataraman – Student Intern
  • Kristina Hallam – Student Intern
  • Forrest Johnson – Student Intern
  • Trevor Hinshaw – Summer Student (SURF Program)
  • Pavan Srunguram – Student Intern
  • Quinn Torres – Summer Student (STARS Program)
  • Anupam Kumar – Summer Student (SURF Program)