Prof. Dr. Gil Westmeyer

Assistant Professor

Molecular Imaging

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

The work of Professor Westmeyer’s laboratory is focused on developing next generation molecular imaging and control technology for in vivo imaging of brain function. To this end, bioengineering, nanotechnological and synthetic techniques are combined with non invasive imaging methods such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging and optoacoustical methods. This methodology is applied to questions in neuroscience and preclinical models of neuropsychiatric diseases.

Professor Westmeyer studied medicine and philosophy in Munich and conducted his doctoral work on the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease in Professor Christian Haass’ laboratory in Munich before performing a part of his clinical education at Harvard Medical School. In 2005 he moved to Professor Alan Jasanoff’s laboratory at M.I.T. where he carried out postdoctoral research until he joined the TUM School of Medicine in 2011. Professor Westmeyer also leads a Helmholtz Young Investigators’ group on molecular imaging at the Helmholtz Center Munich.


    • ERC Starting Grant „MagnetoGenetics“ (2012)
    • Helmholtz Young Investigator's Group (2011)
    • Scholarship of the Munich-Harvard Alliance for Medical Education (2004)
    • Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung) (2002-2004)

    Key Publications

    Stiel A, Déan-Ben XL, Jiang Y, Ntziachristos V, Razansky D, Westmeyer GG: “High-contrast imaging of reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins via temporally unmixed Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography (tuMSOT)”. Optics Letters. 2015; 40(3): 367-370.

    Westmeyer GG, Emer Y,  Lintelmann J, Jasanoff A: “MRI-Based Detection of Alkaline Phosphatase Gene Reporter Activity Using a Porphyrin Solubility Switch“. Chemistry & biology. 2014, 21(3): 422-429.

    Shapiro* MG, Westmeyer GG*, Romero PA, Szablowski JO, Kuster B, Shah A, Otey CR, Langer R, Arnold FH, Jasanoff A: "Directed evolution of a magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent for noninvasive imaging of dopamine". Nat Biotechnol. 2010; 28(3): 264-270;  * contributed equally.

    Westmeyer GG, Durocher Y, Jasanoff A: "A secreted enzyme reporter system for MRI". Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2010; 49(23): 3909-3911.

    Westmeyer GG, Jasanoff A: "Genetically controlled MRI contrast mechanisms and their prospects in systems neuroscience research". Magn Reson Imaging. 2007; 25(6): 1004-1010.