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Novel medical imaging technology visualizes disease-related impairments, enabling clinicians to diagnose disorders at their earliest stages and to track the success of treatment with a precision never before possible. Hence, medical imaging technology development will save lives and alleviate suffering on a vast scale.

Director's Message

Welcome to the Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) at UT Southwestern!

Anke Henning, Ph.D.
Director, AIRC

Biomedical Imaging, a key diagnostic method that visualizes the internal structure, function, and metabolism of the human body, provides essential information about various diseases, as well as their progression and therapy response. In vivo imaging also delivers instrumental information for basic and preclinical research.

AIRC researchers develop innovative imaging technology to push the current boundaries of biomedical imaging with respect to spatial and temporal resolution, functional and metabolic specificity, as well as speed and spatial coverage. In collaboration with clinical and basic science researchers, these novel technologies are evaluated, refined, and finally translated into clinical diagnostic and clinical, pre-clinical, and basic science research.

The AIRC supports the research of more than 120 PIs across the UTSW campus and in the North Texas research community. It allows access to all imaging instrumentation, providing data acquisition and analysis services. Collaborators and core facility users of the AIRC seek to advance basic understanding, diagnostic techniques, and treatments for a wide range of diseases of the brain, body, and musculoskeletal system. Respective research includes cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, depression, autism, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), inborn genetic disorders, and diseases of the heart, lung, and liver.



We are looking for highly talented and motivated Ph.D. students and PostDocs who have educational backgrounds in biomedical and electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, computation, data science, or mathematics.

Opportunities and benefits for AIRC trainees:

  • Development and application of novel imaging technologies to visualize the unknown, advance clinical imaging standards, and study physiology and pathophysiology.
  • Access to beyond-state-of-art imaging instrumentation and laboratories in the fields of MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound, and optical imaging.
  • Education and training in research and non-research skills by mentoring committees of experienced PIs, as well as peer mentoring.
  • Competitive salaries and benefits with tuition support.

Explore our research, labs and education options, then send your application to the PIs for groups that interest you.


We are currently expanding the AIRC primary faculty and have the following job openings.


2022 Harry Fischer Award

A. Dean Sherry, Ph.D., former and inaugural director of AIRC (pictured second from right), received the 2022 Harry Fischer Award. Presented at the Contrast Media Research Symposium held in Annapolis, MD, August 12-15, 2022. The Harry Fischer Award honors a single scholar who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of contrast agents over a career. Congratulations, Dr. Sherry!

AIRC Seminar Series

Every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in room NE 2M.116 (floor NE 2.5) and virtual via Zoom. To subscribe to email updates, contact Bryan Guardiola via