Lab Members


Postdoctoral Associates

Dan Downes, Ph.D.

Ph.D. received from University of Florida in 2017

Phone: 352-294-8398

Research Focus:
Daniel Downes

Ram Khattri, Ph.D.

Ph.D. received from University of Akron, OH in 2016

Phone: 352-294-8398

Research Focus: My research is focused on nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) based metabolomics. I work with samples ranging for body fluids to freeze clamped tissues from any living system. Metabolomics and flux analysis are performed based on 1H and 13C NMR spectra.  Quantification of the metabolite levels is accomplished using 1H NMR and multivariate statistical analysis. Metabolic modeling of fluxes using 13C NMR data provides complementary information to the 1H metabolomics, enabling a comprehensive readout of energy metabolism and related pathways.

Mukyndan Ragavan, Ph.D.

Ph.D. received from Texas A&M University, College Station in 2014.

Phone: 352-294-8398

Research Focus: My work is focused on developing quantitative methods for assessing metabolic flux in the heart and liver. To this end, I am developing carbon-13 hyperpolarization methodologies targeted on glycolytic metabolism as well as TCA cycle turnover. This includes both technical enhancements as well as the search for new imaging agents. Paired with the hyperpolarization studies, I am applying steady state carbon-13 isotopomer analysis in the same systems. Use of these complementary technologies allows validation of the new hyperpolarization methods, an area of extreme need in the field.

Research Staff

Tatsiana Tsarova
Biological Scientist I

Phone: 352-294-8398



Andrea Allen
Lab Technician

Phone: 352-294-8398