Narayana, Ponnada A., Ph.D., M.Sc.

Basic Science Research, Faculty, Informatics, Medical Physics
January 28th, 2014


Faculty Biography
Ponnada A. Narayana, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Ponnada A. Narayana, Ph.D., M.Sc.

(713) 500-7678
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  • Title(s)
  • Location(s)
    • The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
      6431 Fannin Street, MSE R172
      Houston, Texas 77030


1959 - 1963
B.Sc. Physics
Andhra University
Andhra, India
First in Merit
Ph.D., Physics
Institute of Technology
Kanpur, India
M.Sc., Nuclear Physics
Andhra University
Andhra, India

Professional Focus

Ponnada Narayana, Ph.D., DABR is a Professor of Radiology and the Director of Magnetic Resonance Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also holds adjunct appointments at Department of Biomedical Engineering (jointly run by UT-Austin, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and UT-Houston), University of Texas-Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Houston. He served on numerous NIH Study Sections. He serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and is a reviewer for a number of major neuroscience journals. Dr. Narayana's major research interests include Quantitative Magnetic Resonance of Central Nervous System, Development of Advanced Magnetic Resonance Techniques, and Image Processing with an emphasis on automatic analysis. Dr. Narayana directs a state-of-the-art 3T whole body MRI scanner and 7T animal-dedicated MRI scanner. He is currently funded by NIH to investigate the role of angiogenesis in experimental spinal cord injury using functional MRI and characterization of Multiple Sclerosis brain using advanced Magnetic Resonance and Image Processing techniques. He served as thesis advisor for more than 15 MS, PhD, and MD/PhD students. He has authored/coauthored more than 185 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous book chapters. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in Radiological Physics.
He has been funded by NIH continuously for the last twenty years. He is the PI on the following grants:
  • Automated MR Image Analysis in MS: Identification of a Surrogate (NIH)
  • MRI of Angiogenesis in Spinal Cord Injury (NIH)
  • Mission Connect Mild TBI Translational Research Consortium (DoD)

Board Certification

June 1, 1998
American Board of Radiology
Diagnostic Radiologic Physics

Honors and Awards

1999 - 2000
Dean's Excellence Award
1998 - 1999
Dean's Excellence Award
1987 - 1988
Dean's Teaching Excellence List
1988 - 1989
Dean's Teaching Excellence List
Outstanding Achievements in Teaching List
Presidential Scholar (UT-Houston)
Elected Fellow, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Distinguished Academy of Radiology Researcher