Biography

Dr. Narayana is a Professor of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, Vice-Chair for Research and the Director of Magnetic Resonance Research at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He also holds an Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering at UTHealth.

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 and MRI 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.  His current research interest include patient-adaptive and real time MRI.

Dr. Narayana directs a state-of-the-art 3T whole body MRI scanner and 7T animal-dedicated MRI scanner.

He has been continuously funded by NIH for the last 30+ years.  He directs the MRI Analysis Center that is involved in analyzing multi-center MRI data.  He is currently funded by NIH to analyze longitudinal MRI data on multi-center cohort and predicting contrast enhancement in multiple sclerosis with real time texture analysis.

He served as thesis advisor for more than 18 MS, PhD, and MD/PhD students. He trained more than 20 post-doctoral fellows and mentored 10 junior faculty members.  He has authored/coauthored more than 275 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous book chapters. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in Radiological Physics.

He is the PI on the following grants:

  • Lesion Activity and Atrophy in Multiple Sclerosis: Analysis of Multi-center MRI (NIH)
  • Predicting contrast enhancement in multiple sclerosis with real time texture analysis (NIH)

Education

Graduate School
M.Sc., Nuclear Physics, Andhra University, Andhra, India, 1965
Post Graduate School
Ph.D., Physics, Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1969

Areas of Interests

Research Interests

Research interests include Quantitative Magnetic Resonance of Central Nervous System, Development of Advanced Magnetic Resonance Techniques, Image Processing with an emphasis on automatic analysis, and patient-adaptive and real time MRI.

Research Information

American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiologic Physics, June 1, 1998

Publications

Publication Information

  • 1987-1988
    Dean’s Teaching Excellence List
  • 1988-1989
    Dean’s Teaching Excellence List
  • 1993
    Outstanding Achievements in Teaching List
  • 1998-1999
    Dean’s Excellence Award
  • 1999-2000
    Dean’s Excellence Award
  • 2006
    Presidential Scholar, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (now known as McGovern Medical School at UTHealth)
  • 2011
    Elected Fellow, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • 2013
    Distinguished Academy of Radiology Researcher