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Dr. Todd C. Soesbe joined the faculty at the Advanced Imaging Research Center in January of 2008. He received his Bachelors degree in Physics from Clark University (Worcester, Massachusetts) in 1993. While at Clark, Dr. Soesbe performed several years of undergraduate research with a joint Physics and Chemistry research group lead by Dr. Christopher Landee and Dr. Mark Turnbull. This group designed and synthesized complexes containing transition metals chelated to organic ligands in order to investigate new forms of molecular magnetism, specifically bi-metallic ferrimagnetic materials.

After Clark University, Dr. Soesbe entered Physics graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 where he received his Masters in Applied Physics degree in 2000. While at UT Austin, Dr. Soesbe worked with Dr. Karol Lang of the High Energy Physics department on the MINOS project (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search) taking place at Fermilab National Laboratory (Batavia, Illinois). While performing neutrino detector research at UT Austin, Dr. Soesbe became very interested in applying novel high energy physics detector technologies to medical imaging, specifically high-pressure xenon proportional counters for large-volume gamma ray detection in SPECT applications.

From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Soesbe worked for the Optical Networking Division of Lucent Technologies (Richardson, Texas) where he helped develop and test optically based communication technologies for national and global medical data networking. In 2002, Dr. Soesbe returned to graduate school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas where he received his Ph.D. in Radiological Sciences in 2007. His graduate research at UT Southwestern, under the guidance of Dr. Peter Antich, focused on the design and development of a small animal SPECT detector that used micro-columnar CsI(Tl) crystals and an electron-multiplying CCD camera for gamma ray detection with photon counting. Dr. Soesbe received a Young Investigator Award for this research from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in 2007.

Dr. Soesbe’s current research at the Advanced Imaging Research Center involves creating new exogenous contrast agents for molecular imaging applications using MRI. Specifically, for the early detection and diagnosis of cancer. These agents include diamagnetic and paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer agents (DIACEST and PARACEST, respectively), paramagnetic T2 exchange contrast agents, and liposome nanoparticles containing proton shifting agents such as TmDOTMA. He is also involved in the design and fabrication of surface and volume coils for pre-clinical and clinical MRI studies as well as software development for imaging protocols and data analysis.


Undergraduate Clark University (1993), Physics
Graduate School University of Texas at Austin (2000)
Graduate School University of Texas Southwestern Med Ctr Dallas (2007)

Research Interest

  • In vitro imaging of pancreatic beta cells using MR
  • In vivo imaging of CEST and PARACEST MR contrast agents
  • In vivo imaging of liposomal agents using MR
  • MR probe design and construction
  • Preclinical SPECT detector design and construction


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

pCEST: Positive contrast using Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer.
Vinogradov E, Soesbe TC, Balschi JA, Dean Sherry A, Lenkinski RE Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997) 2011 Dec
On-Bead Combinatorial Synthesis and Imaging of Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Magnetic Resonance Imaging Agents To Identify Factors That Influence Water Exchange.
Napolitano R, Soesbe TC, De Leo´n-Rodri´guez LM, Sherry AD, Udugamasooriya DG Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011 Jul 13023-30
Modulation of water exchange in Eu(III) DOTA-tetraamide complexes: considerations for in vivo imaging of PARACEST agents.
Mani T, Tircsó G, Togao O, Zhao P, Soesbe TC, Takahashi M, Sherry AD Contrast Media Mol Imaging 2009 Jul-Aug 4 4 183-91
Polymeric PARACEST agents for enhancing MRI contrast sensitivity.
Wu Y, Zhou Y, Ouari O, Woods M, Zhao P, Soesbe TC, Kiefer GE, Sherry AD J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008 Oct 130 42 13854-5

Honors & Awards

  • The American Association of Physicists in Medicine
    Young Investigator Award (2007)
  • Department of Radiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Fellowship (2005)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Society of Nuclear Medicine