Daniel L.J. Thorek, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Co-Leader, Oncologic Imaging Program, Siteman Cancer Center

Thorek Lab
Daniel L.J. Thorek, PhD, is an associate professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Precision Radiotheranostics Translation Center (PRTC) for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, as well as a professor of biomedical engineering and radiation oncology. Thorek’s lab is focused on the development, implementation and quantitative evaluation of diagnostic and targeted therapies. The laboratory uses computation, in vitro and preclinical tools in oncology, inflammation and infectious disease biology to complement clinical samples and observations. Using engineering principles in biotechnology, radiology and drug development, the mission of this work is to understand and advance methods that will improve patient management.

Research Interests

precision medicine, translational drug development, therapeutic and diagnostic agents

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Education History


Postdoctoral training, R25T Molecular Imaging Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


University of Pennsylvania


University of Toronto


Biomedical Engineering Society
Radiological Society of North America
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Associate Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Academic Editor for Radiochemistry, Public Library of Science
Editorial Board Member, Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals


2021 Ocean Imagination Award, Ocean Insight
2015 Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund
2012–2014 Postdoctoral Molecular Imaging Scholar, Society of Nuclear Medicine
2013–2017 Steven Wynn Young Investigator Award, Prostate Cancer Foundation
2013 Young Investigator Award, SNMMI Center for Molecular Imaging Innovation and Translation
2013 Best Poster Prize, National Cancer Institute SPORE Prostate Cancer
2009 Student Travel Award, World Molecular Imaging Society
2004–2009 Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

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