Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos


Biological Imaging

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Ntziachristos’ area of research encompasses the development of new methods and devices for biological and medical imaging. The aim is to achieve sustained improvements in the non-invasive investigation of physiological and molecular processes in tissues. The result will be the development of novel, minimally invasive and highly efficient methods for diagnosing and treating life-threatening diseases such as cancer and arteriosclerosis.

Prof. Ntziachristos initially studied electrical engineering at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. After graduation, he transferred to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his MSc. and PhD. He was assistant professor and Director of the Laboratory for Bio-Optics and Molecular Imaging at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, before being appointed to the Chair of Biological Imaging at TUM in 2007. The Chair is closely linked with the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging at the Helmholtz Centre in Munich, of which Prof. Ntziachristos is Director.


  • Fellow, Society for Optics and Photonics Technology, USA (SPIE) (2017)
  • European Research Council ERC Advanced Investigator Award (2008 & 2016)
  • Gold Medal Award of the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS).
  • Deutscher Innovationspreis für MSOT technology (2014)
  • Erwin Schrödinger Preis, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (2011)

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 Apr 15.


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).