PhD in Imaging Science

The PhD program in imaging science at Washington University in St. Louis is one of only two such programs in the U.S. and offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the technology of imaging with applications ranging from cancer diagnosis and neuroimaging to advanced microscopy to augmented reality.

This interdisciplinary program brings together expert faculty from the McKelvey School of Engineering and the School of Medicine to provide students the freedom and flexibility to learn from leading imaging experts and engage in impactful research. This emerging academic discipline broadly addresses the design and optimization of imaging systems and the extraction of information from images. 

PhD application deadline: Dec. 15 Start your application today

Imaging science research news


Looking deeper with adaptive six-dimensional nanoscopy

With a $2 million NIH grant, Matthew Lew will develop smart microscopes to reveal dynamic interactions between individual biomolecules

Pushing the boundaries of the visible world

Washington University engineers, scientists and physicians team up to advance imaging science and improve human health


Patients with brain cancer may benefit from treatment to boost white blood cells

Blocking immune suppressor cells in mice with glioblastoma improved survival

Imaging Science by the numbers

PhD students
Years leading in the technology and advancement of imaging science
Full-time faculty

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