Honors & Awards

  • Travel Grant, World Molecular Imaging Society (2011)
  • Graduate Engineering Council Travel Grant, The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
  • Travel and Attendance Grant, The European School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2011)
  • Best Poster Award, The University of Texas at Austin (2011)
  • Best Presentation Award, The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
  • Scholarship in Optics and Photonics, SPIE (2011)
  • Newport Spectra-Physics Research Excellence Grant, SPIE (2010)
  • George J. Heuer Jr. Ph.D. Endowed Graduate Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin (2009-2011)
  • Alfred and Nellie King Gradate Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin (2011-2012)
  • Departmental Nominee for the Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award, The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
  • Young Investigator Award, World Molecular Imaging Society (2011)
  • Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars Fellowship, Stanford University (2012-2015)
  • Loan Repayment Program Grant, National Institute of Health (2013-2015)

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Texas Austin (2012)
  • Master of Science in Engr, University of Texas Austin (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Washington (2008)

Stanford Advisors


All Publications

  • Multiparametric Spectroscopic Photoacoustic Imaging of Breast Cancer Development in a Transgenic Mouse Model Theranostics Wilson, K. E., Bachawal, S., Tian, L., Willmann, J. K. 2014; 4 (11): 1062-1071

    View details for DOI 10.7150/thno.9922

  • Acoustic and Photoacoustic Molecular Imaging of Cancer JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE Wilson, K. E., Wang, T. Y., Willmann, J. K. 2013; 54 (11): 1851-1854


    Ultrasound and combined optical and ultrasonic (photoacoustic) molecular imaging have shown great promise in the visualization and monitoring of cancer through imaging of vascular and extravascular molecular targets. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound with molecularly targeted microbubbles can detect early-stage cancer through the visualization of targets expressed on the angiogenic vasculature of tumors. Ultrasonic molecular imaging can be extended to the imaging of extravascular targets through use of nanoscale, phase-change droplets and photoacoustic imaging, which provides further molecular information on cancer given by the chemical composition of tissues and by targeted nanoparticles that can interact with extravascular tissues at the receptor level. A new generation of targeted contrast agents goes beyond merely increasing imaging signal at the site of target expression but shows activatable and differential contrast depending on their interactions with the tumor microenvironment. These innovations may further improve our ability to detect and characterize tumors. In this review, recent developments in acoustic and photoacoustic molecular imaging of cancer are discussed.

    View details for DOI 10.2967/jnumed.112.115568

    View details for Web of Science ID 000326876800005

    View details for PubMedID 24187042

  • Biomedical photoacoustics beyond thermal expansion using triggered nanodroplet vaporization for contrast-enhanced imaging Nature Communications Wilson, K., Homan, Kimberly, Emelianov, Stanislav 2012; 3: 618

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