Ms Gita Rahardjo

Imaging Biologist
Phone - +61 2 9717 7124
Gita Rahardjo


Role at ANSTO

As part of the LifeSciences Imaging team, Gita’s main role is to provide professional scientific support for her fellow colleagues and senior researchers in various in vitro and in vivo techniques.

Currently, Gita is working part-time upon returning from maternity leave.


Gita graduated her research Master degree studying the neuroregulation in obesity from University of Wollongong. After joining ANSTO, Gita has expanded her knowledge on the application of radiotracers on various diseases.

Research interests and areas of expertise

Gita’s expertise lies in in vitro analysis, quantitative autoradiography and immunohistochemistry. She is also highly skilled in small animal imaging techniques.

Qualifications & Achievements


  • Master of Science – Research (University of Wollongong)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (University of Wollongong)



Selected publications

Callaghan, P. D., Wimberley, C. A., Rahardjo, G. L., Berghofer, P. J., Pham, T. Q., Jackson, T., Zahra, D., Bourdier, T., Wyatt, N., Greguric, I., Howell, N. R., Siegele, R., Pastuovic, Z., Mattner, F., Loc'h, C., Gregoire, M-C., Katsifis, A. Comparison of in vivo binding properties of the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) ligands [18F]PBR102 and [18F]PBR111 in a model of excitotoxin-induced neuroinflammation. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 42(1), 138-151 (2015). doi: 10.1007/s00259-014-2895-3

Mattner, F., Staykova, M., Berghofer, P., Wong, H-J., Fordham, S., Callaghan, P., Jackson, T., Pham, T., Gregoire, M-C., Zahra, D., Rahardjo, G., Linares, D., Katsifis, A. Central nervous system expression and PET imaging of the translocator protein in relapsing-remitting experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 54(2), 291-298 (2013). doi: 10.2967/jnumed.112.108894

Nguyen, V. H., Pham, T., Fookes, C., Berghofer, P., Greguric, I., Arthur, A., Mattner, F., Rahardjo, G., Davis, E., Howell, N., Gregoire, M-C., Katsifis, A., Shepherd, R. Synthesis and biological characterisation of 18F-SIG343 18F-SIG353, novel and high selectivity sigma2 radiotracers, for tumour imaging properties. EJNMMI Research, 3(1), 80 (2013). doi: 10.1186/2191-219X-3-80


Dedeurwaerdere, S., Callaghan, P. D., Pham, T., Rahardjo, G. L., Amhaoul, H., Berghofer, P., Quinlivan, M., Mattner, F., Loc'h, C., Katsifis, A., Gregoire, M-C. PET imaging of brain inflammation during early epileptogenesis in a rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy. EJNMMI Res. 2012;2:60.

Mattner, F., Pham, T., Berghofer, P., Howell, N., Bourdier, T., Rahardjo, G., Kench, P., Zahra, D., Gregoire, M-C., Katsifis, A. Pharmacological evaluation of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor radioligand [123I]-CLINDE in a breast tumour model. J Nucl Med. 2010; 51 (Supplement 2):1108.

Huang, X-F., Liu, Y., Rahardjo, G. L., Mclennan, P. L., Tapsell, L. C., Buttemer, W. A. Effects of diets high in whey, soy, red meat and milk protein on body weight maintenance in diet-induced obesity in mice. Nutr Dietet. 2008;65(s3):S53-S59.

Rahardjo, G. L., Huang, X-F., Tan, Y. Y., Deng, C. Decreased Plasma Peptide YY Accompanied by Elevated Peptide YY and Y2 Receptor Binding Densities in the Medulla Oblongata of Diet-Induced Obese Mice. Endocrinology. October 1, 2007;148(10):4704-4710.