Tamara Branca

Tamara Branca

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

339 Chapman Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Branca Lab


2006 - PhD in Biophysics, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
2002 - BS in Physics, Sapienza Univery of Rome, Italy 

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the development of new approaches and methodologies for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy that can be used for clinical research and diagnoses, with a special emphasis on hyperpolarized gas and non-linear magnetic resonance effects.


  1. RT Branca, T He, L Zhang, CS Floyd, M Freeman, C White, A Burant, Detection of brown adipose tissue and thermogenic activity in mice by hyperpolarized xenon MRI, Proceedings of National Academy of Science USA 111: 18001-18006 (2014)

  2. RT Branca, ZI Cleveland, B Fubara, C Kumar, C Leuschner, RR Maronpot, WS Warren, B Driehuys, “Molecular MRI for sensitive and specific detection of lung metastases”, Proceedings of National Academy of Science USA 107(8):3693 7(2010). PMID: 20142483.

  3. WS Warren, ER Jenista, RT Branca, Increasing hyperpolarized spin lifetimes through true singlet eigenstates, Science 323(5922), 1711-1714 (2009)

  4. G Galiana, RT Branca, ER Jenista, WS Warren, Accurate Temperature Imaging Based on Intermolecular Coherences in Magnetic Resonance, Science 322(5900), 421-424 (2008)