Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos
Director of Bioengineering

Vasilis Ntziachristos develops optical technologies that break through the limits of conventional imaging to revolutionize biological discovery and healthcare. In parallel, he strongly promotes engineering as the driving force of translating biological knowledge to clinical benefit through developing a problem solving culture.

Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos


Since 2007
Full Professor C4/W3 of Medicine and Electrical Engineering, Chair of Biological Imaging at the Technical University of Munich

Assistant Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Bio-optics and Molecular Imaging, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital

Instructor, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital


Ph.D. in bioengineering: University of Pennsylvania

Master's degree in bioengineering: University of Pennsylvania

Research Fellow in Magnetic Resonance: Panum NMR Core Facility of the University of Copenhagen and at the Department of Radiology at Penn Medicine

Diploma in electrical engineering: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Chaire d’excellence internationale Blaise Pascal awarded by the Région Île-de-France

ERC Advanced Investigator Award of the European Research Council

Gold Medal of the World Molecular Imaging Society

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

Erwin Schrödinger Prize

GO-Bio-Award of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)

ERC Advanced Investigator Award of the European Research Council

Named one of the 100 "top inventors" by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review


Selected Publications

Tackling standardization in fluorescence molecular imaging.

Koch M, Symvoulidis P, Ntziachristos V.
Nature Photonics 12(9):505-515 (2018), doi: 10.1038/s41566-018-0221-5

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Bacterial encapsulins as orthogonal  compartments for mammalian cell engineering.

Sigmund F, Massner C, Erdmann P, Stelzl A, Rolbieski H, Desai M, Bricault S, Wörner TP, Snijder J, Geerlof A, Fuchs H, Hrabĕ de Angelis M, Heck AJR, Jasanoff  A, Ntziachristos V, Plitzko J, Westmeyer GG.
Nat Commun. 2018 May 18;9(1):1990. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04227-3.

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Non-invasive Measurement of Brown Fat Metabolism  Based on Optoacoustic Imaging of Hemoglobin Gradients.

Reber J, Willershäuser M, Karlas A, Paul-Yuan K, Diot G, Franz D, Fromme T, Ovsepian SV, Bézière N, Dubikovskaya E, Karampinos DC, Holzapfel C, Hauner H, Klingenspor M, Ntziachristos V.
Cell Metab. 2018 Mar 6;27(3):689-701.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2018.02.002.

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Precision assessment of label-free psoriasis biomarkers with ultra-broadband optoacoustic mesoscopy.

Aguirre J, Schwarz M, Garzorz N, Omar M, Buehler A, Eyerich K, Ntziachristos V. 
Nat. Biomed. Eng. 1, 0068 (2017).  doi: 10.1038/s41551-017-0068

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NeuBtracker-imaging neurobehavioral dynamics in freely behaving fish.

Symvoulidis P, Lauri A, Stefanoiu A, Cappetta M, Schneider S, Jia H, Stelzl A, Koch M, Perez CC, Myklatun A, Renninger S, Chmyrov A, Lasser T, Wurst W, Ntziachristos V, Westmeyer GG.
Nat Methods. 2017 Nov;14(11):1079-1082. doi:10.1038/nmeth.4459.

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Eigenspectra optoacoustic tomography achieves quantitative blood oxygenation imaging deep in tissues.

Tzoumas S, Nunes A, Olefir I, Stangl S, Symvoulidis P, Glasl S, Bayer C, Multhoff G, Ntziachristos V.
Nat Commun. 2016 Jun 30;7:12121. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12121.

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Advancing Surgical Vision with Fluorescence Imaging.

Koch M, Ntziachristos V.
Annu Rev Med. 2016;67:153-64. doi: 10.1146/annurev-med-051914-022043.

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Advances in real-time multispectral optoacoustic tomography.

Tarrutis A, Ntziachristos V.
Nature Photonics 9:219 (2015). doi:10.1038/NPHOTON.2015.29

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Vaccinia virus-mediated melanin production allows MR and optoacoustic  deep tissue imaging and laser-induced thermotherapy of cancer.

Stritzker J, Kirscher L, Scadeng M, Deliolanis NC, Morscher S, Symvoulidis P, Schaefer K, Zhang Q, Buckel L, Hess M, Donat U, Bradley WG, Ntziachristos V, Szalay AA.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Feb 26;110(9):3316-20. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1216916110.

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FMT-XCT: in vivo animal studies with hybrid fluorescence molecular tomography-X-ray computed tomography.

Ale A, Ermolayev V, Herzog E, Cohrs C, de Angelis MH, Ntziachristos V.
Nat Methods. 2012 Jun;9(6):615-20. doi:10.1038/nmeth.2014.

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Drug-based optical agents: infiltrating clinics at lower risk.

Scheuer W, van Dam GM, Dobosz M, Schwaiger M, Ntziachristos V.
Sci Transl Med. 2012 May 16;4(134):134ps11. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003572.

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Intraoperative tumor-specific fluorescence imaging in ovarian cancer by folate receptor-α targeting: first in-human results.

van Dam GM, Themelis G, Crane LM, Harlaar NJ, Pleijhuis RG, Kelder W, Sarantopoulos A, de Jong JS, Arts HJ, van der Zee AG, Bart J, Low PS, Ntziachristos V.
Nat Med. 2011 Sep 18;17(10):1315-9. doi: 10.1038/nm.2472.

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Two-dimensional intravascular near-infrared fluorescence molecular imaging of inflammation in atherosclerosis and stent-induced vascular injury.

Jaffer FA, Calfon MA, Rosenthal A, Mallas G, Razansky RN, Mauskapf A, Weissleder R, Libby P, Ntziachristos V.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Jun 21;57(25):2516-26. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2011.02.036.

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