Joseph J. Ackerman, PhD

William Greenleaf Eliot Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Professor of Radiology

Research Centers:
Biomedical MR Center
Joseph J. H. Ackerman, PhD, is the William Greenleaf Eliot Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, as well as a professor of radiology and of medicine, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Ackerman served as chief of the Biomedical MR Center (BMRC) at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) for over 20 years. In addition to his contributions to our fundamental understanding of MR and MR spectroscopy approaches to dissect key cellular processes, Ackerman has trained or recruited many of the current BMRC faculty. Ackerman is a Gold Medal Award recipient and fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance, as well as a fellow of the World Molecular Imaging Society. Due to his success in applying for shared instrumentation grants, he is also largely responsible for much of MIR’s extensive portfolio of sophisticated preclinical MR equipment. Ackerman currently serves as the leader of Siteman Cancer Center’s Small Animal Cancer Imaging Shared Resource.

Research Interests

magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging of intact functioning biological systems

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Education History


Colorado State University


Boston University


Chair, External Scientific Advisory Board, National Resource for Advanced NMR Technology, National High Field Magnet Laboratory
American Chemical Society
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
World Molecular Imaging Society
American Association for Cancer Research


2016 Fellow, World Molecular Imaging Society
2015 Arts & Sciences Faculty Leadership Award, Washington University in St. Louis
2003 Fellow, Academy of Sciences of St. Louis
1997 Fellow, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
1992 Gold Medal Award, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
1987 St. Louis Award, St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society