Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos


Biological Imaging

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Ntziachristos’ research focuses on the development of novel optical and optoacoustic imaging, sensing and computational methods for accelerating discovery and advancing well-being by early detection of disease leading to improving prevention, diagnostics and administering more efficient treatment. His activities cover the entire spectrum from theoretical and methodological developments to basic research, clinical translation and entrepreneurship.

Professor Ntziachristos studied electrical engineering at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. Following his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, he was Assistant Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Bio-Optics and Molecular Imaging at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 2007, he is the Chair of Biological Imaging at the Technical University of Munich and Director of the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging at the Helmholtz Centre in Munich.


  • Member of the Leopoldina (2024)
  • Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize (2021)
  • ECS Innovation Award, European Union, Horizon Europe Program (2021)
  • Gold Medal Award of the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS, 2015)
  • DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2013)

Karlas A, Pleitez MA, Aguirre J, Ntziachristos V. Optoacoustic imaging in endocrinology and metabolism. Nature Reviews Endocrinology 17, 323–335 (2021).


Shnaiderman R, Wissmeyer G, Ülgen O, Mustafa Q, Chmyrov A, Ntziachristos V. A submicrometre silicon-on-insulator resonator for ultrasound detection. Nature volume 585, p. 372–378 (2020).


Omar M, Aguirre J, Ntziachristos V. Optoacoustic mesoscopy for biomedicine. Nat Biomed Eng. (2019).


Pleitez MA; Khan AA; Soldà A; Chmyrov A; Reber J; Gasparin F; Seeger MR; Schätz B; Herzig S; Scheideler M3; Ntziachristos V. Label-free metabolic imaging by mid-infrared optoacoustic microscopy in living cells. Nat Biotechnol. 38(3):293-296 (2020).


Maximillian Koch, Panagiotis Symvoulidis & Vasilis Ntziachristos. Tackling standardization in fluorescence molecular imaging. Nature Photonics 12, 505–515 (2018).