Weibo Cai Named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship

Weibo Cai has been named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship, a prestigious award recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service. The professorship provides $75,000 in flexible funding over five years - two-thirds of which is provided by the Office of the Provost through the generosity of the Vilas trustees, and one-third provided by the school or college whose dean nominated the winner. After the professorship ends, Prof. Cai can keep the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor title for the duration of his UW-Madison career.

Weibo Cai is Currently an Associate Professor of Radiology, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering. He received a BS degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University, China (1995) and a PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego (2004). Between 2005 and 2008, Dr. Cai did his post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen at the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS). In February 2008, Dr. Cai joined the University of Wisconsin - Madison as a Biomedical Engineering Cluster Hire, and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2014. Dr. Cai's research at UW-Madison ( is primarily focused on molecular imaging and nanotechnology.

Dr. Cai has authored >230 peer-reviewed articles, >20 book chapters, and >260 conference abstracts. His publications have been cited >12,000 times with an H-index of >60. He has edited 3 books, guest-edited many special topic issues for various scientific journals, and given >180 talks. 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), NIH R01, among many others.

Dr. Cai has served on the Editorial Board of >20 scientific journals (e.g. Theranostics, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Molecular Pharmaceutics, Scientific Reports, American Journal of Cancer Research, American Journal of Translational Research, etc.), performed peer review for >130 journals, and participated in many grant review panels (NIH, DOD, NSF, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas [CPRIT], Susan G. Komen, European Research Council, Canadian Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer Canada, > 15 European countries, etc.). He is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (, which was launched in 2011 and fully indexed in PubMed and Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

Dr. Cai is an active member of several scientific societies and he has served on various committees in these societies such as SNMMI Committee on Awards, SNMMI House of Delegates, SNMMI Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council (currently as the President), etc. Dr. Cai's trainees at UW - Madison have received > 80 awards to date, such as the 2012 Berson-Yalow Award from SNMMI, multiple Young Investigator Awards from SNMMI (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), multiple Chinese American Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (CASNMMI) Young Investigator Awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize), 2015 EANM Eckert & Ziegler Abstract Award, several post-doctoral fellowships, among others.

Congratulations Weibo!