Abhijit Chaudhari, Ph.D.

Abhijit J. Chaudhari, Ph.D.


Medical Physics

Biomedical Engineering




  • Director, UC Davis Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging
  • Core Scientist, California National Primate Research Center
  • Professor, Department of Radiology


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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Chaudhari’s research laboratory focuses on developing novel in vivo medical imaging techniques, with emphasis on the applications of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in disorders of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. The research conducted in this laboratory is supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the National Psoriasis Foundation. More information about his laboratory can be found at: https://chaudharilab.faculty.ucdavis.edu/


Radiology Physics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.S., California State University - Northridge, Northridge CA 2002

Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 2007

M.S., University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 2007

B.E., University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India 1999


School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2007-2010

Professional Memberships

American College of Rheumatology

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Orthopaedic Research Society

Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society for Academic Excellence

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

UC Davis Cancer Center

UC Davis Center for Visualization

World Molecular Imaging Society

Honors and Awards

Radiological Society of North America Cum Laude Award for Education Exhibit titled �Fast Musculoskeletal MRI: What the Radiologist Needs to Know�, co-author, 2019

Young Investigator Award, AAOS/CORR/ORS/CMH-UCD/SWHR Musculoskeletal Sex Differences Throughout the Lifespan Research Symposium, Rosemont, IL, 2014

Nominee, Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science, Vilcek Foundation, New York, NY, 2014

Interdisciplinary Women�s Health Research Scholar, Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women�s Health (BIRCWH) program, National Institutes of Health 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Outstanding abstract award, 6th International Workshop on Osteoarthritis Imaging, Osteoarthritis Research Society International, Hilton Head, SC (first author), 2012

Select Recent Publications

For a complete list of Dr. Chaudhari's publications, click here.

Calsbeek JJ, González EA, Boosalis CA, Zolkowska D, Bruun DA, Rowland DJ, Saito NH, Harvey DJ, Chaudhari AJ, Rogawski MA, Garbow JR, Lein PJ. Strain differences in the extent of brain injury in mice after tetramethylenedisulfotetramine-induced status epilepticus. Neurotoxicology. 2021 Dec;87:43-50. doi:10.1016/j.neuro.2021.08.011. Epub 2021 Aug 31. PMID:34478772.

Sigala DM, Hieronimus B, Medici V, Lee V, Nunez MV, Bremer AA, Cox CL, Price CA, Benyam Y, Chaudhari AJ, Abdelhafez Y, McGahan JP, Goran MI, Sirlin CB, Pacini G, Tura A, Keim NL, Havel PJ, Stanhope KL. Consuming Sucrose- or HFCS-sweetened Beverages Increases Hepatic Lipid and Decreases Insulin Sensitivity in Adults. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021 Oct 21;106(11):3248-3264. doi:10.1210/clinem/dgab508. PMID:34265055.

Abdelhafez YG, Godinez F, Sood K, Hagge RJ, Boutin RD, Raychaudhuri SP, Badawi RD, Chaudhari AJ. Feasibility of dual-phase 99mTc-MDP SPECT/CT imaging in rheumatoid arthritis evaluation. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2021 Jun;11(6):2333-2343. doi:10.21037/qims-20-996. PMID:34079705.

Mazza DF, Boutin RD, Chaudhari AJ. Assessment of Myofascial Trigger Points via Imaging: A Systematic Review. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 Oct 1;100(10):1003-1014. doi:10.1097/PHM.0000000000001789. PMID:33990485.

Chaudhari AJ, Badawi RD. Application-specific nuclear medicalin vivoimaging devices. Phys Med Biol. 2021 May 12;66(10). doi:10.1088/1361-6560/abf275. PMID:33770765.

Benjamin NV, Boutin RD, Chaudhari AJ, Ma KL. Genetic algorithm based L4 Identification and Psoas Segmentation. Proc Bioimaging. 2021.

Chaudhari AJ, Raynor WY, Gholamrezanezhad A, Werner TJ, Rajapakse CS, Alavi A. Total-Body PET Imaging of Musculoskeletal Disorders. PET Clin. 2021 Jan;16(1):99-117. doi:10.1016/j.cpet.2020.09.012. PMID:33218607.

Boutin RD, Katz JR, Chaudhari AJ, Yabes JG, Hirschbein JS, Nakache YP, Seibert JA, Lamba R, Fananapazir G, Canter RJ, Lenchik L. Association of adipose tissue and skeletal muscle metrics with overall survival and postoperative complications in soft tissue sarcoma patients: an opportunistic study using computed tomography. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2020 Aug;10(8):1580-1589. doi:10.21037/qims.2020.02.09. PMID:32742953.

Henrichon SS, Foster BH, Shaw C, Bayne CO, Szabo RM, Chaudhari AJ, Boutin RD. Dynamic MRI of the wrist in less than 20 seconds: normal midcarpal motion and reader reliability. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Feb;49(2):241-248. doi:10.1007/s00256-019-03266-1. Epub 2019 Jul 9. PMID:31289900.