VICC Young Ambassadors

C. Chad Quarles, Ph.D.

C. Chad Quarles, Ph.D.

Quarles studied Biophysics at Centenary College of LA where he received the Summa Cum Laude honor. After meeting with a future advisor and hearing about cutting edge brain cancer imaging research, he decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He finished his doctoral thesis in 2004 and the presentation of this work was awarded the First Place Award for Cancer/Spectroscopy at the annual meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Upon graduation he accepted a Cancer Imaging Research Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science. The studies conducted during his fellowship enabled him to successfully compete for the National Cancer Institute‘s prestigious K99/R00 career award. Upon receipt of this award the Department of Radiology promoted him to a tenure track Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt.

To date, all of his research at Vanderbilt University has been developmental in nature and exclusively performed in animal models of cancer. Such studies are critical for identifying new methods able to better and more rapidly determine a tumor’s response to therapy. Consequently, his current grants are exclusively directed towards these efforts. The impact of such methods, however, will only be fully realized when they are translated into clinical care. Thus, one of his current primary goals is the translation of these imaging methods into clinical use at the Vanderbilt Hospital.