Sanjiv Sam Gambhir

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Sanjiv Sam Gambhir
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Born(1962-11-23)November 23, 1962
Ambala, India
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Known forMolecular Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, PET-CT, and Early Cancer Detection
AwardsInstitute of Medicine (IOM) of the US National Academies (2008)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (2014)

National Academy of Inventors (2015)
Scientific career
FieldsNuclear Medicine, Radiology, and Bioengineering
InstitutionsStanford University
Academic advisorsM.E. Phelps, S.C. Huang, and H.R. Herschman

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir (born November 23, 1962) is an American physician-scientist. He is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor in Cancer Research,[1] Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a professor by courtesy in the departments of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) and Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. He has authored over 600 publications and has over 40 patents pending or granted. His work has been featured on the cover of over 25 journals including the Nature Series, Science, and Science Translational Medicine. He is on the editorial board of several journals including Nano Letters, Nature Clinical Practice Oncology, and Science Translational Medicine. He is founder/co-founder of several biotechnology companies and also serves on the scientific advisory board of multiple companies. He has mentored over 150 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students from over a dozen disciplines. He is known for his work in molecular imaging of living subjects and early cancer detection.

Personal[edit]

Gambhir was born in Ambala, India and moved to the US with his parents and sister in 1969. He was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He is married to Aruna Bodapati Gambhir and lives in the Bay Area. His son, Milan Gambhir, was born in 1998 and passed away from a glioblastoma[2] in 2015.

Education and employment[edit]

Gambhir is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Arizona State University where he received his BS in Physics. He then entered the combined M.D-Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and received his MD, and his PhD in biomathematics.[citation needed]

His first academic appointment was in 1994, at UCLA, as an Assistant Professor of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology. He was a Clinical Attending in the Nuclear Medicine Department at the Center for Health Sciences at UCLA starting in 1997. He was appointed tenure Professorship at UCLA in 2003. In 2003, he moved to Stanford University and was appointed Professor of Radiology, Head of Nuclear Medicine, Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS), and Member of the Bio-X Program. He became the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research, which is an Endowed Professorship in 2009. He was appointed the Chair of Radiology in August 2011, and currently holds this position.[citation needed]

Honors and awards[edit]

Gambhir has received the following: Taplin Award,[3] Holst Medal,[4] Academy of Molecular Imaging (AMI) Distinguished Basic Scientist of the Year Award,[5] Society for Molecular Imaging (SMI) Achievement Award,[6] Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation,[7] Hounsfield Medal (Imperial College London),[8] Fellowship of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE),[9] Paul C. Aebersold Award,[10] Organizer and Co-Chair for the Nobel Symposium in Imaging (2008), Inducted as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI),[11] Tesla Medal, Elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the US National Academies,[12] Parmley Prize, Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) Outstanding Researcher Award,[13] The Gopal Subramanian Lifetime Achievement Award,[14] the George Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award,[15] Aunt Minnie Award,[16] Distinguished Scientist Award for Distinguished Contributions to Nuclear Medicine,[17] Society of Asian American Scientists in Cancer Research Award,[18] the American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research Lifetime Achievement Award,[19] the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow Award.,[20] J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine,[21] National Academy of Inventors[22], American Association for the Advancement of Science.[23], Basic Science Teaching Award, Benedict Cassen Prize for Research in Molecular Imaging[24], Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award - IEEE Advancing Technology for Humanity[25]

Research focus[edit]

His research focuses on the development of imaging assays to monitor fundamental cellular/molecular events in living subjects with an emphasis on the detection and management of cancer. A particular interest of his research and lab is early cancer detection including combining in vivo and in vitro diagnostics.

Major contributions[edit]

PET reporter gene technology, multimodality reporter genes, imaging of gene/cell therapies, imaging of the immune system, imaging of intracellular events in living subjects (e.g., protein-protein interactions), bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) in living subjects, nanoparticle based imaging, Raman imaging in vivo and photoacoustic molecular imaging with novel imaging agents in living subjects. Decision Management Models for the use of FDG PET in cancer.

Selected publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Endowed professorships for Gambhir and Relman". Stanford Report. June 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  2. ^ "'And yet, you try'". Stanford Medicine. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  3. ^ May 9, 2011 - The Dean's Newsletter - Stanford University School of Medicine
  4. ^ Medical Center People
  5. ^ 2004 News - MIPS: Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford - Stanford Medicine
  6. ^ Gambhir Receives SMI’s Achievement Award
  7. ^ Doctors win $1.5 million awards for cancer research
  8. ^ Medical Center People
  9. ^ College of Fellows : AIMBE Archived 2013-10-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Aebersold Award Presented to Gambhir
  11. ^ ASCI - The American Society for Clinical Investigation
  12. ^ Sanjiv Gambhir - Institute of Medicine Archived 2013-02-17 at Archive.is
  13. ^ 2009 RSNA Outstanding Researcher,
  14. ^ The Gopal Subramanian Lifetime Achievement Award
  15. ^ SNM’s 2011 Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award
  16. ^ Aunt Minnie Award
  17. ^ Distinguished Scientist Award for Distinguished Contributions to Nuclear Medicine Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Society of Asian American Scientists in Cancer Research Award Archived 2014-04-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research Lifetime Achievement Award Archived 2014-03-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow Award
  21. ^ J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine
  22. ^ "National Academy of Inventors". www.academyofinventors.org. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  23. ^ "AAAS - The World's Largest General Scientific Society". www.aaas.org. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  24. ^ "Benedict Cassen Prize for Research in Molecular Imaging". June 25, 2018.
  25. ^ "Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award - IEEE Advancing Technology for Humanity" (PDF).

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