Adam Q. Bauer, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Centers:
Biophotonics Research Center
Bauer Lab
Adam Q. Bauer, PhD, is an associate professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Biophotonics Research Center for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Two major research themes run through Bauer’s work in his lab, the Functional Neuroimaging and Biophotonics Lab: mapping functional brain organization in the setting of neurological disease and examining cell specific contributions to neurovascular coupling. To answer their questions, Bauer’s lab members design and apply novel optical imaging technology and the latest advances mouse genetics and optogenetic targeting strategies. In 2013, Bauer was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association to examine functional recovery in mouse models of stroke. In 2014, he received an NIH Mentored Career Development Award (K25) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to investigate the impact of neural network connectivity on stroke recovery. Bauer earned a doctorate in physics in 2009 from Washington University (advisor: James G. Miller), where he studied phase aberrations in ultrasonic measurements of biological tissue. Then he transitioned into the field of biomedical optics and trained in the lab of Joseph Culver, PhD, at Washington University developing optical imaging tools for functional neuroimaging applications in mice.

Research Interests

Mapping functional brain network organization in mice, neurovascular coupling, plasticity mechanisms after stroke, developing novel optical neuroimaging methods

Link to Publications

Education History


Postdoctoral training (biomedical optics), Optical Radiology Lab, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis


Washington University in St. Louis


Washington University in St. Louis


Truman State University


American Heart Association
American Institute of Physics
Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging
Grant reviewer, European Research Council
Grant reviewer, French Stroke Research Foundation
Guest editor, Frontiers in Neuroscience
International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Grant reviewer, Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development
Optical Society of America
Society for Neuroscience
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
World Molecular Imaging Society


2023 Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research
2014–2019 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
2018 Top Scored Abstract, World Molecular Imaging Congress
2018 Travel Award, Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research Academic Council
2013 Abstract Merit Award, Summa Cum Laude, ISMRM
2013 Finalist, O’Leary Prize in Neuroscience, Washington University in Saint Louis
2011 Best Poster Award, Photons Plus Ultrasound Session, SPIE
2010 Travel Award, World Molecular Imaging Congress