Colin Wilson is a Lecturer in the Department of Radiology at UNM and the Director of the Radiology Image Processing Laboratory (RIPL). Colin received his BA in Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2006 and spent several years at the NIH Imaging Probe Development Center, where he synthesized and characterized imaging agents (MRI/PET/CT/Optical) for the NIH intramural community. He completed an MA in Bioimaging at Boston University School of Medicine in 2011, which included a research thesis in clinical PET/CT under the supervision of Rathan Subramaniam MD PhD. He subsequently joined the research staff of the Hooker Research Group at the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. There he received training in the synthesis and evaluation of novel neurotracers while conducting neuroimaging studies in rodents, humans, and non-human primates. In 2013, he joined the Center of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as Research Advisor for the PET/CT division of their Translational Imaging Facility. His time at the CNRM was dedicated to the creation of imaging protocols and multimodal image processing methods for studying preclinical models of traumatic brain injury. Since becoming a member of the UNM Radiology faculty in 2016, he has overseen the development of a laboratory focused on image processing and 3D printing for both preclinical and clinical research. He also provides support for quantitative imaging, radiomics/AI, and clinical applications within the department.

Areas of Specialty

Specialization #1 Medical Image Processing
Specialization #2 Molecular Imaging


Colin Wilson’s research focuses on the application of quantitative imaging and image processing techniques for the non-invasive study of biological processes and disease in-vivo. He is particularly interested in the use of neuroimaging to probe molecular and cellular events in the brain, and the translation of these tools from small animal models to human subjects. Under the mentorship of Reed Selwyn PhD, he has utilized multimodal imaging approaches to study various conditions and diseases, ranging from mild traumatic brain injury to cancer.

Research and Scholarship

Divani AA, Salazar P, Ikram HA, Taylor E, Wilson CM, Yang Y, Mahmoudi J, Seletska A, SantaCruz KS, Torbey M, Liebler E, Bragina OA, Morton R, Bragin DE. Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation Improves Brain Lesion Volume and Neurobehavioral Outcomes in a Rat Model of Traumatic Brain Injury. J Neurotrauma. 2023 Mar 3. doi: 10.1089/neu.2022.0153.

Taylor EN, Wilson CM, Franco S, De May H, Medina LY, Yang Y, Flores EB, Bartee E, Selwyn RG, Serda RE. Monitoring Therapeutic Responses to Silicified Cancer Cell Immunotherapy Using PET/MRI in a Mouse Model of Disseminated Ovarian Cancer. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Sep 10;23(18):10525. doi: 10.3390/ijms231810525

McIlwrath SL, Montera MA, Gott KM, Yang Y, Wilson CM, Selwyn R, Westlund KN. Manganese-enhanced MRI reveals changes within brain anxiety and aversion circuitry in rats with chronic neuropathic pain- and anxiety-like behaviors. Neuroimage. 2020 Sep 6;223:117343. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117343.

Maphis NM, Peabody J, Crossey E, Jiang S, Jamaleddin Ahmad FA, Alvarez M, Mansoor SK, Yaney A, Yang Y, Sillerud LO, Wilson CM, Selwyn R, Brigman JL, Cannon JL, Peabody DS, Chackerian B, Bhaskar K. Qß Virus-like particle-based vaccine induces robust immunity and protects against tauopathy. NPJ Vaccines. 2019 Jun 3;4:26. doi: 10.1038/s41541-019-0118-4.

Brocato TA, Brown-Glaberman U, Wang Z, Selwyn RG, Wilson CM, Wyckoff EF, Lomo LC, Saline JL, Hooda-Nehra A, Pasqualini R, Arap W, Brinker CJ, Cristini V. Predicting breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy based on tumor vascular features in needle biopsies. JCI Insight. 2019 Mar 5;5(8):e126518. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.126518.