Open Positions at the Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology Innovation Laboratories

The Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology Innovation Laboratory (MINILabs) is seeking graduate and undergraduate students, research assistant, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars to lead research efforts at the intersection of molecular imaging, bioengineering, nanomedicine, immunology and theranostics. Our core mission is to revolutionize the way we visualize, treat and manage cancer and other diseases, by potentiating simple but powerful solutions to biomedical and healthcare challenges.

Laboratory Research Directions:

  1. Application of advanced molecular imaging techniques (PET/CT, optics, optoacoustic imaging, etc.) in cancer, regenerative medicine and other diseases.
  2. Development of innovative nanomedicine-based approaches for personalized theranostics.
  3. Development of advanced tools to understand the role of the biophysical microenvironment in disease evolution, treatment response, and resistance in cancer and other diseases.

Trainees will be a part of a highly multidisciplinary and collaborative group within the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Students will have the opportunity to train in diverse areas such as nanomedicine, drug delivery, radiology, imaging physics, immunology, engineering and regenerative medicine. The excellent academic environment at the University of Utah particularly within the College of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, the 3i Initiative and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, offers excellent career development and enhancement opportunities at all levels.

Applicant Requirements:

Candidates with interests and expertise across varied areas of biology, chemistry, pharmaceutics, bioengineering, oncology, and imaging sciences or related fieldsare encouraged to apply. Candidates for research assistant and graduate student positions must have demonstrated research experience in basic biology and/or chemical synthesis. Familiarity with advanced techniques in molecular biology, biomedical imaging, and biomaterials research is preferred. Successful candidates will be motivated, curious and independent thinkers with a strong sense of responsibility and good oral and written communication skills.


Interested candidates should send their queries, full resume and a cover letter to Dr. Shreya Goel .

About the PI Dr. Shreya Goel:

Shreya Goel received her PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship from Houston Methodist Research Institute, she joined MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Research Investigator. In August 2021, she joined the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor. So far, she has published >60 papers (>3900 citations, h-index:34), in top journals such as Science Advances, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Nano Letters, among others. Dr. Goel has received multiple award and honors for her research and scholarship, including the SNMMI Ones to Watch 2021, which recognizes most promising researchers worldwide in the fields of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. In addition to her research program, Shreya contributes to > 20 international journals, scientific societies, grants agencies, and conferences in various capacities, and plays an active role in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.