Raj Kothapalli to join the Department of Biomedical Engineering


Raj Kothapalli will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor in January 2017.

He comes to Penn State from Stanford University where he is currently an instructor in the Department of Radiology.

Kothapalli received his basic education and research training in physics and optical engineering in India. In 2004, he received a Master of Science degree in applied physics from the University of Massachusetts, and in 2009, earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University.

During his post-doctoral training, Kothapalli worked with Sanjiv Gambhir, professor of radiology and nuclear medicine at Stanford University, to design and develop a novel dual modality medical device for combined ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging of the human prostate. The device was later translated to the Urology Clinic at Stanford, and as principal investigator, Kothapalli conducted pilot clinical trials on several prostate cancer patients.

Recently, Kothapalli was awarded a K99-R00 Pathway to Independence grant award (2014-2019) from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and the Bioengineering Center of National Institutes of Health to develop and translate advanced photoacoustic imaging systems using MEMS based ultrasonic arrays.

At Penn State, Kothapalli’s research laboratory will focus on developing novel optical, ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging/sensing technologies for both pre-clinical and clinical applications in cancer and neurological diseases. Equal emphasis will be placed on translating these technologies to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Cancer Institute.


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Raj Kothapalli
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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614