Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D.

Samuel Achilefu, PhD, Professor of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis

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Samuel Achilefu is Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biophysics, as well as the Director of Optical Radiology Lab (ORL) at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Achilefu is an expert in the development of molecular probes and fluorescence imaging methods for cancer applications. He led the development of a novel wearable cancer vision goggles for the accurate removal of cancer cells during surgery. He discovered a novel treatment paradigm for cancer using a special type of light and non-therapeutic doses of drugs to selectively trigger cancer cell death without harming healthy tissue. Dr. Achilefu has published more than 300 scientific papers and he is the inventor of 56 issued US patents. He is a Fellow of the SPIE.