Mark "Marty" Pagel, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical Imaging
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(520) 404-7049
(520) 626-0395

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Professional Bio: 

Dr. Marty Pagel earned his B.A. degrees in chemistry and biology at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and then earned a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of California Berkeley.  Dr. Pagel then worked as the director of the NMR and computational chemistry facilities in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University.  He then joined Monsanto Co., which was acquired by Pharmacia Corp., which was then acquired by Pfizer Inc.  His research in industry involved the MR imaging of corn seeds and mouse models of breast cancer.  Dr. Pagel then returned to academia in 2003, when he joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University to start a research program in molecular imaging.  Dr. Pagel then moved to the University of Arizona in 2008 to expand his research program to include more chemistry development and clinical research. 

Dr. Pagel is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Imaging. He is a member of the Cancer Imaging Program of the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC), and the only member of this program who has laboratory space in the UACC buildings.  He also serves as the Director of the Contrast Agent Molecular Engineering Laboratory (CAMEL) in the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Dr. Pagel also serves as the Vice Chair of Research and Program Development and Chair of Cancer Imaging for the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona.  These positions provide him with a unique ability to be a "bridge” that connects biomedical imaging researchers with other cancer researchers in the UACC, while also fostering the development of many pre-clinical and clinical cancer imaging collaborations within my research program.

Dr. Pagel's research focuses on the measurement of tumor acidosis using non-invasive MRI.  His research program has refined this technique, termed “acidoCEST MRI” to measure acidosis in a variety of tumor models to study cancer biology and the effects of anti-cancer therapies.  They have also translated our acidoCEST MRI method to the clinic and we are measuring tumor acidosis levels in patients with breast, ovarian, lung and liver, and brain cancers.  Dr. Pagel's research program has also developed a MRI method that non-invasively detects enzyme activities in solid tumors.  They also support projects that involve optical imaging and photoacoustic imaging for pre-clinical cancer studies.

Clinical Information

Disease or Clinical Specialty: 
Breast Cancer

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
Member Status: 
Research Member
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For a summary of Dr. Pagel's research activities,
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For a summary of Dr. Pagel's publications, click here.
What prompted you to get into cancer research?: 
A great topic for multidiscipliary imaging research.

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
2014, Program Chair, World Molecular Imaging Congress, Seoul, Korea
2012, Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2010-2014, Distinguished Reviewer, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
2010, Sydney E. Salmon Distinguished Junior Investigator Award, Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ
2006, Case School of Engineering Graduate Teaching Award, CWRU, Cleveland, OH
2006, J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award nomination for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH
2005, J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award nomination for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH
2005, Carl F. Wittke Award nomination for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
2005, Young Investigator Award, Contrast Media Research 2005 Symposium
1994, Staff Award, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University
1988, John C. Sowden Memorial Prize, Department of Chemistry, Washington University

Academic Information

University of California, Berkeley, 1993, Chemistry
Undergraduate School: 
Washington University, St. Louis MO, 1988 - Chemistry, Biology