Director: Kimerly A. Powell, PhD

The Small Animal Imaging Core (SAIC) is a state-of-the-art, small animal imaging facility available to OSUCCC – James investigators and other academic and commercial institutions.

The SAIC houses high-resolution imaging equipment and offers assistance from professionals who are experts in operating each imaging modality, small animal handling and analytical software support for quantitative image analysis.

The SAIC also offers:

  • Interim animal housing for serial imaging studies
  • Suits for surgical procedures
  • Animal care provided by the University Laboratory Animal Resources
  • Image reconstruction, multi-modality fusion, high-resolution graphics and networking to the facility’s server
  • Training to OSUCCC – James members and other academic and commercial institutions


  • SAIC Director: Kimerly A. Powell, PhD
  • Imaging Research Scientist: Anna Bratasz, PhD
  • Laboratory Service Coordinator: Michelle Williams, BS

Kimerly A. Powell, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics, has more than 15 years of experience in developing image post-processing techniques for quantitative image analysis of microscopy, pre-clinical and clinical images. She also develops image post-processing techniques for quantitative image analysis of cancer, cardiac and musculoskeletal applications. Dr. Powell is particularly interested in developing novel image post-processing techniques for high-resolution microscopy and small animal in vivo micro-imaging technologies.

Anna Bratasz, PhD, MRI/US imaging research scientist, has spent several years working in the Center for Biomedical EPR Spectroscopy and Imaging at The Ohio State University, where she focuses on in vivo EPR, US and MRI imaging of cancer. Dr. Bratasz has spent the past 10 years working in the SAISR, where she focuses on in vivo MRI imaging, high-frequency ultrasound, optical imaging (BLI, FL), CT and irradiation (SARRP platform) of small animals. Dr. Bratasz’s particular interests are neuroscience, cancer and cardiac research.

Michelle Williams, BS, is the laboratory services coordinator for the SAIC. She has over nine years of imaging experience in microCT, nuclear and optical imaging. Her specialties include injections, radiation safety and imaging using multimodality platforms such as PET\CT, FLI and BLI. She also has experience in developing refined contrast protocols for tumor perfusion studies on ultrasound and CT. She is the primary support personnel for microCT radiation oncology studies using the SARRP and is expanding her imaging expertise to US.

Contact SAIC

Biomedical Research Tower
460 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-292-7271
Fax: 614-688-6600

Availability: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

After hours upon request and appointment.


Phone: 614-688-8068

Training and Account Setup

Phone: 614-688-8068

Experimental Design and Image Analysis

Phone: 614-292-7271

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