Zhude (Will) Tu, PhD

Director, Precision Radiotheranostics Translation Center

Professor of Radiology

Tu Lab

Zhude (Will) Tu, PhD, is a professor of radiology and the director of the Precision Radiotheranostics Translation Center (PRTC) for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The PRTC develops and applies molecular imaging agents, therapeutics and technology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Tu’s lab identifies key biomarkers in CNS disorders, inflammation and other disease processes, then synthesize and screen candidate ligands for PET imaging for translational first-in-human and proof–of–concept imaging studies. He received his doctorate degree from Beijing Normal University.

Research Interests

PET radiopharmaceuticals development and validation, quantifying central nervous system receptors, enzymes and transporters

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Education History


Beijing Normal University


University of St. Thomas Beijing Normal University


Beijing Normal University


American Chemical Society
Society of Nuclear Medicine
Society for Neuroscience
International Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences
World Molecular Imaging Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science


2018 Distinguished Investigator, Radiological Society of North America