Boris M. Odintsov


  • Title: Senior Research Scientist
  • Group: Biomedical Imaging Center
  • Status: Beckman Administrative Staff
  • Home: Beckman Institute


  • 4057 Beckman Institute
  • 405 North Mathews Avenue
  • Urbana, Illinois 61801


Boris Odintsov received a Ph.D. in Physics and Math from the University of Kazan, Russia. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist for the Biomedical Imaging Center at the University of Illinois and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering. Odintsov's research interests are related to the ultra-high magnetic field application in microimaging studies, applying this approach to complex biological systems in vivo, microimaging, diffusion, relaxivity and localized NMR spectroscopy.


ONR grant: “Determination of tinnitus-related changes of key amino acid neurotransmitters by micro volume-localized MRS” (2011-2014).

National Institutes of Health grant: “Central correlates of chronic tinnitus assessed with functional imaging and spectroscopy in an animal” (2008-2011).

Human Frontier Science Program award: Adjustable Curie-Temperature Nanoparticles to Study the Biological Functions of Fever (2007-2011).

National Cancer Institute grant:  “Molecular Imaging and Treatment of Tumors using T-cells,” (2004-2006).

Civilian Research and Development Foundation Grant: “Biocompatible Carbon-Based Oxygen Sensors” (2002-2004).

Grant from Fogarty International Foundation: “DNP in Char Suspensions: Surface Science & Oximetry” (1998-2001).

NATO Computer Networking Award (1999-2000).

NATO International Linkage Grant: “Carbon-Based Sensors for In Vivo Magnetic Resonance Oximetry” (1998-2000).

NATO Advanced Study Institute Award (1998).

Grant form Russian Foundation of Fundamental Research: “Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance of Short-Lived Ion-Radical Pairs” (1993-1995).

Award of Presidium of Academy of Sciences of the USSR for excellence in research (1989, Moscow).

Silver Medal for achievements in development of USSR National Economy (1989, Moscow).

USSR Governmental Award for excellence in research (1987, Moscow).

Listing as outstanding researcher in Encyclopedia of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, Russia, 1995.


Boris Odintsov has over 30 years of funded experience in different magnetic resonance areas. These include Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, NMR/EPR spectroscopy and relaxation, magnetic resonance imaging.  During the last sixteen years (1996-2012) at the University of Illinois, he has pursued an extensive microimaging program of nationally and internationally supported studies in collaboration with different scientific groups.  For past 10 years, his research focused on the ultra-high magnetic field application in microimaging studies, using this approach for complex biological systems in vivo, microimaging, diffusion, relaxivity and localized NMR spectroscopy.


  • In Press
    • Boris Odintsov, Ju Lan Chun, and Suzanne E. Berry ”Labeling vessel-derived stem cells with superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles and tracking using whole-body MRI and fluorescent microscopy in mouse models for Duchenne muscular dystrophy”in “Methods in Molecular Biology” volume, Springer, Humana Press (2012), in press.

  • 2012
    • T.Brozoski, B.Odintsov “Gamma-aminobutyric Acid and Glutamic Acid Levels in the Auditory Pathway of Rats with Chronic Tinnitus: A Direct Determination Using High Resolution Point-Resolved Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (1H-MRS)”, Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 6:9. doi:10.3389/fnsys, (2012).

  • 2011
    • Boris Odintsov “Tunable radio-frequency coil”, US Patent # US 8,049,502 B2; November 1, 2011.

    • Boris Odintsov, Ju Lan Chun, James A. Mulligan, and Suzanne E. Berry "14.1T whole body MRI for detection of mesoangioblast stem cells in a murine model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy", Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 66:1704–1714 (2011).

  • 2010
    • Byung H Simon Cho, Jeong-Ro Park, Manabu T Nakamura, Boris M Odintsov, Matthew A Wallig and Byung-Hong Chung “Synthetic dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine liposomes assimilating into high-density lipoprotein promote regression of atherosclerotic lesions in cholesterol-fed rabbits”, Experimental Biology and Medicine; 235: 1194–1203, (2010).

    • Boris Odintsov, “Tunable radio-frequency coil” Publ. US 20100013483 A1 20100121. Language: English, Database: CAPLUS, (2010).

  • 2009
    • Atsarkin, V. A.; Markelova, M. N.; Gorbenko, O. Yu.; Kaul, A. R.; Roy, E. J.; Odintsov, B. M. “Critical RF losses in fine particles of La1- xAgyMnO3+ : Prospects for temperature-controlled hyperthermia”. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 321(19), 3198-3202, (2009).

    • Gorbenko, O. Yu.; Markelova, M. N.; Mel'nikov, O. V.; Kaul, A. R.; Atsarkin, V. A.; Roy, E. J.; Odintsov, B. M. “Synthesis, composition, and properties of the solid solutions La1 -x Ag y MnO3 + , promising materials for cell hyperthermia. Doklady Chemistry, 424(1), 7-10, (2009).

    • Melnikov O.V., Popova M.N., Kaul A.R., Atsarkin V.A., Demidov V.V., Roy E.J., Odintsov B.M. “Hybrid nanoparticles with adjustable Curie temperature for tumor hyperthermia, MRI and fluorescence imaging”, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A, DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.32177, (2009).

  • 2007
    • M.V. Yigit, D. Mazumdar, H-K. Kim, J. H. Lee, B.M. Odintsov and Y. Lu, “Smart “Turn-on” Magnetic Resonance Contrast Agents Based on Aptamer-Functionalized Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles“ ChemBioChem, Volume 8, Issue 14, Date: September 24, Pages: 1675-1678, (2007).


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