Department Seminars: Molecular Imaging, Image-Guided Drug Delivery, and Theranostics

Speaker Assoc. Prof. Cai Weibo University of Wisconsin - Madison

Host Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Date/Time 13 Mar - 13 Mar, 10.00AM

Venue E5-02-32 , Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore


The Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin - Madison ( is mainly focused on three areas: 1) development of multimodality molecular imaging agents; 2) nanotechnology and its biomedical applications; and 3) molecular therapy of cancer. In this talk, I will present our recent work on molecular imaging and image-guided drug delivery of cancer and other diseases with peptides, proteins, and a variety of nanomaterials. The primary imaging techniques used in these studies are positron emission tomography (PET), photoacoustic tomography (PAT), optical imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The nanomaterials that will be discussed in this presentation may include silica-based nanoparticles, nano-graphene oxide, micelles, iron oxide nanoparticles, 2-D nanomaterials, hybrid nanomaterials, among many others.


Weibo Cai is an Associate Professor (Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor) of Radiology, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA. Dr. Cai’s research at UW-Madison ( is primarily focused on molecular imaging and nanotechnology. Dr. Cai has authored >240 peer-reviewed articles, and his publications have been cited >15,000 times with an H-index of >65. Dr. Cai has received many awards, including the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Young Professionals Committee Best Basic Science Award (2007), the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) Springer Prize (2011 & 2013), American Cancer Society Research Scholar (2013-2017), EANM Annual Congress Plenary Lecturer (2016), UW-Madison Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor Award (2017), NIH R01, among many others. Dr. Cai has served on the Editorial Board of >20 scientific journals (e.g. Theranostics, JNM, EJNMMI, etc.).