Benzinger, Culver Named AIMBE Fellows

Headshot composite of Tammie L.S. Benzinger, MD, PhD, and Joseph Culver, PhD.

Two faculty members from Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have been named fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), one of the highest professional honors for medical and biological engineers.

Tammie L.S. Benzinger, MD, PhD, is a professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Neuroimaging Labs Research Center (NIL-RC). Her work primarily focuses on the study of Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease (ADAD) and related disorders. Also a professor of neurological surgery, biology and biological sciences, she uses PET and MRI imaging to investigate biomarkers she believes will become significant tools in detecting and diagnosing degenerative brain diseases before symptoms occur. Her group also serves as the imaging core for the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, international studies of ADAD, the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) and the DIAN-Therapeutic Unit.

Joseph P. Culver, PhD, is the Sherwood Moore Professor of Radiology and director of the Biophotonics Research Center (BRC). He also serves as the director of Washington University’s Imaging Sciences Pathway and co-director of its Imaging Sciences PhD program. Culver’s work has been at the leading edge of functional and molecular biological imaging, particularly in leveraging noninvasive optical measurements and advancing diffuse optical tomography (DOT) technology. 

The AIMBE College of Fellows comprises approximately 3,000 distinguished medical and biological engineers who are accomplished leaders and innovators in academia, industry, education, clinical practice and government. Candidates for this honor are nominated, reviewed and elected by their peers and fellow college members.

Benzinger and Culver were inducted into the AIMBE fellowship class during a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. along with four other WashU faculty members: Michelle L. Oyen, PhD, Alexander H. Stegh, PhD, Ting Wang, PhD, and Lan Yang, PhD.

Benzinger and Culver join MIR Director Pamela K. Woodard, MD, and Biomedical MR Center Director Hongyu An, PhD, as MIR faculty to have been named AIMBE fellows.

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