IEEE Honors Simon Cherry for Molecular Imaging Research


Simon Cherry, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Simon Cherry, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, has just received the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, for outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear and plasma sciences and engineering.

Cherry has been recognized for his “contributions to the development and application of in vivo molecular imaging systems.” The award consists of a bronze medal, a certificate and a cash honorarium.

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, established in 2008, is administered by the IEEE Awards Board’s Technical Field Awards Council. Recipients are chosen on the basis of the following criteria: the importance of individual scientific contribution; the importance of scientific contributions made by teams led by the candidate; the seminal nature of the contribution; innovation/originality, societal benefit and impact on the profession; and the quality of the nomination.

Cherry earned his doctorate in medical physics in 1989, at the University of London. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1993, serving for eight years, and in July 2001 traveled north to become part of the UC Davis College of Engineering.

He directs the UC Davis Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging, where his research focuses on positron emission tomography; multi-modality imaging systems; gamma and x-ray detector technology; 3-D image reconstruction; the use of imaging techniques in phenotyping and drug development; and the design of novel contrast agents and imaging probes, and their application in molecular diagnostics and therapeutics.

His textbook, Physics in Nuclear Medicine, co-authored with James A. Sorenson and Michael E. Phelps, was updated in 2012 with a fourth edition. Since January of that year, Cherry also has been editor-in-chief of the Institute of Physics’ journal, Physics in Medicine and Biology.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, IEEE, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He received the 2007 Distinguished Basic Scientist Award from the Academy of Molecular Imaging, and the 2013 IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award, for his “outstanding contributions to the field of medical imaging science.” The UC Davis College of Engineering also recognized him with a Mid-Career Faculty Research Award.