Simon R. Cherry
Simon R. Cherry’s expertise in developing molecular imaging systems incorporating positron emission tomography (PET) is driving advances in biomedicine and healthcare. Cherry created the first microPET scanner to evaluate radiopharmaceuticals and drugs in small animals. Overcoming the challenges of imaging small animals has been instrumental in allowing researchers and clinicians to gain a better understanding of diseases and potential human therapies. He also developed the first hybrid PET/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners for even more powerful preclinical imaging applications. His discovery that many radionuclides used in biomedical research produce Cerenkov luminescence and can be imaged using optical cameras has created one of the fastest-growing areas in molecular imaging. Cherry is currently working on developing the first total-body human PET scanner.
An IEEE Fellow, Cherry is a professor with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at the University of California, Davis, CA, USA.