4 Faculty Named to Council of Distinguished Investigators

Clockwise: Adam Bauer, PhD, Richard Laforest, PhD, Kooresh Shoghi, PhD, Monica Shokeen, PhD

Four faculty members from Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been selected to join the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research’s Council of Distinguished Investigators. This honor recognizes individuals from academic and industry institutions for their outstanding contributions to medical imaging. Council members are involved in various engagement opportunities, including advocacy and networking, to advance medical imaging research.

Adam Q. Bauer, PhD, is an associate professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Biophotonics Research Center. The work he leads in the Functional Neuroimaging and Biophotonics Lab focuses on developing novel optical imaging technology for basic and translational neuroscience applications in mice. Bauer serves as an associate professor of biomedical engineering and is an alumni member of the Academy Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECIĀ²), which supports early career investigators.

Richard Laforest, PhD, is a professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Precision Radiotheranostics Translation Center. He serves as co-director of both the Preclinical PET Imaging Facility and the Small Animal Cancer Imaging Core for Siteman Cancer Center. The Laforest Lab is focused on quantitative nuclear medicine and position emission tomography (PET) methods using several multimodalities to study various diseases related to inflammation, oncology and cardiology.

Kooresh I. Shoghi, PhD, is a professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Precision Radiotheranostics Translation Center. He also serves as co-director of the Preclinical Imaging Facility, which performs qualitative and quantitative PET and computed tomography (CT) in a broad range of research areas. In the Shoghi Lab, he uses computational systems biology and multi-scale computational imaging to quantify biological processes and identify therapeutic endpoints.

Monica Shokeen, PhD, is vice chair for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice as well as an associate professor of radiology. She leads the Imaging Without Borders Lab within the Biophotonics Research Center and studies the underlying mechanisms of disease using molecularly targeted imaging agents to develop novel approaches for imaging cancer, autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases. She also serves as director of the Molecular Imaging Center.

These four investigators will be honored alongside 55 cohort members during an in-person ceremony at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting in Chicago.