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Dr. Sridhar Nimmagadda

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Oncology, and Medicine
(410) 955-6500 (p)

Molecular imaging, metastasis, chemokine receptors, monitoring tumor therapeutic response, probe development.


Assistant Professor of Radiology, Oncology, and Medicine


Andhra Loyola College B.S. 1991-94 Chemistry Andhra University M.S. 1994-96 Chemistry (Physical) Indian Institute of Technology, Madras M.S. 1997-99 Chemistry (Bio-organic) Wayne State University Ph.D. 1999-05 Cancer Biology

Research Summary

Dr. Nimmagadda’s research focus is on developing imaging agents for early detection of metastatic disease. Current focus is on understanding the role of chemokine receptors in cancer progression and metastasis. Ongoing studies include development and evaluation of positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) based radiopharmaceuticals and optical imaging agents for chemokine receptors four and seven (CXCR4 and CXCR7).

Journal Citations

Diaz, L.A., Jr.; Foss, C.A.; Thornton, K.; Nimmagadda, S.; Endres, C.J.; Uzuner, O.; Seyler, T.M.; Ulrich, S.D.; Conway, J.; Bettegowda, C.; Agrawal, N.; Cheong, I.; Zhang, X.; Ladenson, P.W.; Vogelstein, B.N.; Mont, M.A.; Zhou, S.; Kinzler, K.W.; Vogelstein, B.; Pomper, M.G. Imaging of musculoskeletal bacterial infections by [124I]FIAU-PET/CT. PLoS One. 2007;2(10):e1007.

Nimmagadda, S.; Mangner, T.J.; Douglas, K.A.; Muzik, O.; Shields, A.F. Biodistribution, PET, and radiation dosimetry estimates of HSV-tk gene expression imaging agent 1-(2'-Deoxy-2'-18F-Fluoro-beta-D-arabinofuranosyl)-5-iodouracil in normal dogs. J Nucl Med. 2007 Apr;48(4):655-660.

Chen, Y.; Foss, C.A.; Byun, Y.; Nimmagadda, S.; Pullambhatla, M.; Fox, J.J.; Castanares, M.; Lupold, S.E.; Babich, J.W.; Mease, R.C.; Pomper, M.G. Radiohalogenated prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-based ureas as imaging agents for prostate cancer. J Med Chem. 2008 Dec 25;51(24):7933-7943.

Fu, D.X.; Foss, C.A.; Nimmagadda, S.; Ambinder, R.F.; Pomper, M.G. Imaging virus-associated cancer. Current pharmaceutical design. 2008;14(28):3048-3065.

Gabrielson, K.L.; Mok, G.S.; Nimmagadda, S.; Bedja, D.; Pin, S.; Tsao, A.; Wang, Y.; Sooryakumar, D.; Yu, S.J.; Pomper, M.G.; Tsui, B.M. Detection of dose response in chronic doxorubicin-mediated cell death with cardiac technetium 99m annexin V single-photon emission computed tomography. Molecular imaging : official journal of the Society for Molecular Imaging. 2008 May-Jun;7(3):132-138.

Nimmagadda, S.; Ford, E.C.; Wong, J.W.; Pomper, M.G. Targeted molecular imaging in oncology: focus on radiation therapy. Seminars in radiation oncology. 2008 Apr;18(2):136-148.

Nimmagadda, S.; Shields, A.F. The role of DNA synthesis imaging in cancer in the era of targeted therapeutics. Cancer Metastasis Rev. 2008 Dec;27(4):575-587.

Zameer, A.; Kasturirangan, S.; Emadi, S.; Nimmagadda, S.V.; Sierks, M.R. Anti-oligomeric Abeta single-chain variable domain antibody blocks Abeta-induced toxicity against human neuroblastoma cells. J Mol Biol. 2008 Dec 26;384(4):917-928.

Davis, S.L.; Be, N.A.; Lamichhane, G.; Nimmagadda, S.; Pomper, M.G.; Bishai, W.R.; Jain, S.K. Bacterial thymidine kinase as a non-invasive imaging reporter for Mycobacterium tuberculosis in live animals. PLoS One. 2009;4(7):e6297.

Nimmagadda, S.; Glunde, K.; Pomper, M.G.; Bhujwalla, Z.M. Pharmacodynamic markers for choline kinase down-regulation in breast cancer cells. Neoplasia. 2009 May;11(5):477-484.

Nimmagadda, S.; Mangner, T.J.; Lawhorn-Crews, J.M.; Haberkorn, U.; Shields, A.F. Herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase imaging in mice with (1-(2'-deoxy-2'-[(18)F]fluoro-1-beta-D-arabinofuranosyl)-5-iodouracil) and metabolite (1-(2'-deoxy-2'-[(18)F]fluoro-1-beta-D-arabinofuranosyl)-5-uracil). Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2009 Jun 9.

Nimmagadda, S.; Pullambhatla, M.; Pomper, M.G. Immunoimaging of CXCR4 expression in brain tumor xenografts using SPECT/CT. J Nucl Med. 2009 Jul;50(7):1124-1130.

Banerjee, S.R.; Pullambhatla, M.; Byun, Y.; Nimmagadda, S.; Green, G.; Fox, J.J.; Horti, A.; Mease, R.C.; Pomper, M.G. 68Ga-labeled inhibitors of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) for imaging prostate cancer. J Med Chem. 2010 Jul 22;53(14):5333-5341.

Joyal, J.L.; Barrett, J.A.; Marquis, J.C.; Chen, J.; Hillier, S.M.; Maresca, K.P.; Boyd, M.; Gage, K.; Nimmagadda, S.; Kronauge, J.F.; Friebe, M.; Dinkelborg, L.; Stubbs, J.B.; Stabin, M.G.; Mairs, R.; Pomper, M.G.; Babich, J.W. Preclinical evaluation of an 131I-labeled benzamide for targeted radiotherapy of metastatic melanoma. Cancer Res. 2010 May 15;70(10):4045-4053.

Nimmagadda, S.; Pullambhatla, M.; Stone, K.; Green, G.; Bhujwalla, Z.M.; Pomper, M.G. Molecular imaging of CXCR4 receptor expression in human cancer xenografts with [64Cu]AMD3100 positron emission tomography. Cancer Res. 2010 May 15;70(10):3935-3944.
1. Nimmagadda S*, Pullambhatla M, Stone K, Green GM, Bhujwalla Z, Pomper MG. Molecular Imaging of CXCR4 Receptor Expression in Human Cancer Xenografts with [64Cu]AMD3100-Positron Emission Tomography. Cancer Res, 70, 3935-3944, 2010.

Joyal J, Barrett J, Marquis J, Chen J, Hillier S, Maresca K, Boyd M, Gage K, Nimmagadda S, Kronauge J, Friebe M, Dinkelborg L, Mairs R, Pomper M, Babich J*. Preclinical Evaluation of an 131I-Labeled Benzamide for Targeted Radiotherapy of Metastatic Melanoma. Cancer Res, 70, 4045-4053, 2010.

Nimmagadda S, Pullambhatla M, Pomper MG*., Immunoimaging of CXCR4 expression in brain tumor xenografts using SPECT/CT. J Nucl Med, 50, 1124-30, 2009. (Featured on the cover of this issue).

Nimmagadda S, Mangner TJ, Lawhorn-Crews J, Haberkorn U, Shields AF*., Herpes Simplex Virus Thymidine Kinase Imaging in Mice with 18F-FIAU and 18F-FAU. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging, 36,1987-1993, 2009.

Nimmagadda S, Glunde K, Pomper MG*, Bhujwalla Z., Choline kinase as therapeutic target: Pharmacodynamic marker assessment for choline kinase downregulation in breast cancer cells. Neoplasia, 11(5):477-484. PMC2671858.

Fu DX, Foss CA, Nimmagadda S, Ambinder AF, Pomper MG*., Enzymes for molecular-genetic imaging. Curr Pharm Des, 14, 3048-3065, 2008.

Nimmagadda S, Shields AF*., Role of DNA synthesis imaging in cancer in the era of targeted therapeutics. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, 27, 575-87, 2008.

Nimmagadda S, Mangner TJ, Douglas KA, Muzik O, Shields AF*, Biodistribution, PET imaging and radiation dosimetry estimates of HSV-tk gene expression imaging agent (1-(2'-deoxy-2'-[18F] fluoro-1-b-D-arabinofuranosyl)-5-iodouracil) in normal dogs. J Nucl Med, 48, 655-60, 2007.

Diaz LA Jr., Foss CA#, Thornton K#, Nimmagadda S#, Endres CJ, Uzuner O, Seyler TM, Ulrich SD, Conway J, Bettegowda C, Agrawal N, Cheong I, Zhang X, Ladenson4 PW, Vogelstein BN, Mont MA, Zhou S, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B, and Pomper MG*., Imaging of musculoskeletal bacterial infections by [124I]FIAU-PET/CT. PLoS one, Oct 10;2(10):e1007, 2007. (# Equal contribution).

Nimmagadda S, Mangner TJ, Sun H, Klecker RW, Muzik O, Lawhorn-Crews J, Douglas KA, Collins JM, Shields AF*, Biodistribution and radiation dosimetry estimates of (1-(2'-deoxy-2'-[18F] fluoro-1-b-D-arabinofuranosyl)-5-bromouracil): PET imaging studies in dogs. J Nucl Med, 46, 1916-22, 2005.


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