Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging


About Us

Welcome to the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging

Striking advances in imaging technologies now allow scientists to view tissue morphology, molecular targets or pathways, and gene expression within the living animal. Preclinical in vivo imaging technologies have emerged as a powerful research tool in recent years. In this rapidly evolving field, refinements in imaging instrument design and imaging software continue to improve high-resolution anatomic, physiologic, and molecular imaging in laboratory animals.

The Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI) was established at UC Davis in 2002 to provide dedicated, state-of-the-art small animal imaging technologies to investigators at UC Davis as well as other research institutions. Imaging modalities include PET, SPECT, CT, MRI, ultrasound, autoradiography, and optical (fluorescence and bioluminescence). The CMGI has grown rapidly to become a core facility that serves a wide range of campus investigators and has become integrated in many major centers, programs, and institutes.

The CMGI, administered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Engineering, is a 4,000 sq. ft. facility housed in the basement of the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility (GBSF). The facility includes 4 imaging suites, a prep room, and staff offices; a biomedical cyclotron and radiochemistry facility allow on-site synthesis of PET radiotracers. A full-service, small-animal vivarium adjoins the facility. A satellite imaging suite is located at the California National Primate Research Center for PET imaging studies in non-human primates.

Scientists at UC Davis and other institutions are invited to utilize the resources available at the CMGI to advance their research. We offer assistance with study design, probe development and image analysis, in addition to providing imaging procedures with multiple imaging modalities. The facility is operated on a recharge basis with a pilot study plan available to new investigators.