Staff Scientists and Fellows

Chamindu Gunatilaka, PhD


Research Fellow

Chamindu is a Research Fellow in the division of Pulmonary Medicine and CPIR. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Cincinnati in May 2021. His current research investigates breathing energy and drug delivery in neonates using ultrashort echo-time (UTE) MRI and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Besides research, Chamindu enjoys photography and playing cricket.

Nara Higano, PhD


Research Associate (Staff Scientist)

Nara received her PhD in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 and is now a research fellow in the CPIR. Her current research investigates novel developments and translation applications of 1H ultrashort echo-time (UTE) MRI and hyperpolarized gas MRI in order to characterize cardio-respiratory structure and function in neonates born extremely preterm and/or with congenital respiratory abnormalities. This work aims to relate early life MRI biomarkers to later clinical outcomes in these young pediatric populations.