Simon R. Cherry, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Simon R. Cherry, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering



Medical Physics



Locations and Contact

EXPLORER Molecular Imaging Center

3195 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Cherry's research program focuses on developing innovative technologies for medical imaging, including the EXPLORER total-body PET/CT scanner. 


Nuclear Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Undergraduate School

B.Sc., Physics with Astronomy, University College London, London, UK 1986

Other School

Ph.D., Medical Physics, Institute of Cancer Research, University of London, London, UK 1989

Marie Curie Lectureship, European Association of Nuclear Medicine, 2020

Aebersold Award, Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2018

National Academy of Inventors, Member, 2017

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016

National Academy of Engineering, Member, 2016

Kwon SI, Ota R, Berg E, Hashimoto F, Nakajima K, Ogawa I, Tamagawa Y, Omura T, Hasegawa T, Cherry SR. Ultrafast timing enables reconstruction-free positron emission imaging. Nat Photonics. 2021 Dec;15(12):914-918. doi:10.1038/s41566-021-00871-2. Epub 2021 Oct 14. PMID:35663419.

Badawi RD, Shi H, Hu P, Chen S, Xu T, Price PM, Ding Y, Spencer BA, Nardo L, Liu W, Bao J, Jones T, Li H, Cherry SR. First Human Imaging Studies with the EXPLORER Total-Body PET Scanner. J Nucl Med. 2019 Mar;60(3):299-303. doi:10.2967/jnumed.119.226498. Epub 2019 Feb 7. PMID:30733314.

Cherry SR, Jones T, Karp JS, Qi J, Moses WW, Badawi RD. Total-Body PET: Maximizing Sensitivity to Create New Opportunities for Clinical Research and Patient Care. J Nucl Med. 2018 Jan;59(1):3-12. doi:10.2967/jnumed.116.184028. Epub 2017 Sep 21. PMID:28935835.

Cherry SR, Badawi RD, Karp JS, Moses WW, Price P, Jones T. Total-body imaging: Transforming the role of positron emission tomography. Sci Transl Med. 2017 Mar 15;9(381):eaaf6169. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf6169. PMID:28298419.