Professor Harish Poptani PhD

Professor Molecular & Clinical Cancer Medicine


Personal Statement

Professor Poptani is the Chair of the Centre for Preclinical Imaging (CPI) with a research focus on developing cutting-edge non-invasive imaging biomarkers for assessing early treatment response in cancer. His work is highly translational in nature and his group has been credited with identifying several markers for diagnosis or early treatment response which are currently used in the clinic. He completed his PhD in 1995 India, and after couple postdoc positions, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 2001 and Associate Professor in 2006 at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He joined the University of Liverpool in December 2014. He has published 150 peer reviewed papers, and several book chapters and review articles. In 2021, he was awarded the Senior Fellowship from the International society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for his significant contributions to the field. He currently serves as the Chair of the British and Irish chapter of ISMRM. His research has been funded by various grants including funding from the UKRI as well as UK based charities such as the Wellcome trust and the North West Cancer Research. As the module organiser of LIFE724 – MSc in frontiers of cancer research and treatment, he is heavily involved in both the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the University and he has successfully supervised four PhD students since 2015. As the academic lead of the CPI, which is a shared resource facility within the University, Professor Poptani has been developing cutting-edge multi-modal preclinical imaging methods for the benefit of students and staff interested in the use of imaging towards achieving their academic and research goals.