Joseph P. Culver, PhD

Director, Biophotonics Research Center

Sherwood Moore Professor of Radiology
Director, Imaging Sciences Pathway
Co-Director, Imaging Sciences Doctoral Program
Co-Chair, Radiology Faculty Search Committee

Culver Lab
Joseph P. Culver, PhD, is the Sherwood Moore Professor of Radiology for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In 2022, he was named director of the Biophotonics Research Center, which harnesses the power of light to develop methods for understanding, diagnosing and treating human diseases. He also serves as co-director of Washington University’s Imaging Sciences Pathway and 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. He received his doctorate degree and completed biomedical optics postdoctoral training from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

Functional- and molecular- biological imaging for non-invasive optical measurements

Link to Publications

Education History


Postdoctoral training (biomedical optics), University of Pennsylvania


University of Pennsylvania


Whitman College University of Washington


Editorial Board Member, Neurophotonics
The Society for Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy
Optical Society of America


2022 Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research
2012 Hiruma/Wagner Award, The Fourteen Conference on Peace through Mind Brain Science
2002–2007 K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health