Samuel I. Achilefu, PhD

Director, Biophotonics Research Center

Vice Chair, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology
Director, Washington University Molecular Imaging Center
Director, Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy
Co-Leader, Oncologic Imaging Program, Siteman Cancer Center

Research Interests

molecular imaging, image-guided cancer surgery, phototherapeutics

Link to Publications

Education History


Postdoctoral training (Oxygen transport systems/hematology), Oxford University


University of Nancy


University of Oxford


American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for Cancer Research
Biophysical Society
American Society for Photobiology
American Peptide Society
Optical Society of America
Society of Nuclear Medicine
International Society for Optical Engineering
Biomedical Optical Society
American Chemical Society
Chartered Chemist, Royal Society of Chemistry
Chartered Scientist, Science Council


2019 Fellow, American Institute for Medical Biological Engineering
2019 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award, Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers
2018 Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award, Washington University in St. Louis
2018 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
2018 Editorial Reviewer, NIH Transformative Research Awards
2017 Excellence in Health Care Award, The St. Louis American
2017 Fellow, Optical Society of America
2016 Fellow, the Royal Society of Chemistry
2016 Distinguished Investigator Award, U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program
2016 Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2015 Best Global Impact Award, We Heart STL
2015 St. Louis Innovator Award, Alive Magazine
2015 Oustanding Scientist Fellow Award, Academy of Science – St. Louis
2015 St. Louis Award, Greater St. Louis Area
2014 Medical Inventor Award, St. Louis Business Journal
2014 Inventor, Bloomberg BusinessWeek