Terry O. Matsunaga, PharmD, PhD

Research Professor, Radiology

Phone Number: 
(520) 626-6689
(520) 626-8749
Short Bio: 
Dr. Terry Matsunaga has more than 16 years in the imaging industry where he has worked along side Dr. Evan C. Unger at ImaRx Pharmaceutical Corp. to invent and develop the lipid-coated microbubble product now being sold under the brand name Definity®.

In addition, over the past five years, Dr. Matsunaga has focused his attention upon the use of ultrasound-mediated bubble cavitation for dispersion of vascular thrombi. He was appointed to a position as Research Professor of Radiology in September, 2007.
Dr. Matsunaga received his AB degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, followed by a Pharm.D. in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Following a year of clinical training as a Resident at the University of Michigan, Terry returned to UCSF where he received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. From 1986 through 1992, he was a NIDA post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Victor J. Hruby in the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Arizona. His research interests lie in the area of ultrasound contrast agents and novel drug delivery systems for drug and gene delivery. Dr. Matsunaga regularly sits on grant review study sections for various programs in the NIH (i.e. NIDA, RAID, SBIR, and STTR) and the Department of Defense (Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer programs).

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
Member Status: 
Research Member

Academic Information

Master's Degree: 
University of California, San Francisco, 1980, PharmD
Undergraduate School: 
University of California, Berkeley, 1975