Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos is a Professor of Medicine, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Chair for Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Director of the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU). His research concentrates on basic research and translation of novel optical and optoacoustic (photoacoustic) in-vivo imaging for addressing unmet biological, drug discovery and clinical needs. A key area of his activity includes the development of multi-spectral optoacoustic mesoscopy for breaking through the penetration limits of optical microscopy and enabling new capacities in biological imaging or in interventional guidance. In parallel he has pioneered the translation of molecular imaging into the clinics, via the administration of targeted optical agents, which promises to shift the paradigm of surgical and endoscopic imaging from visual observation to biomarker based detection. For these activities he has received numerous awards including the 2013 Leibniz Prize (the highest scientific distinction in Germany), the 2011 Schrondinger Award and the 2011 Basic Science Award from the World Molecular Imaging Society. He is an author of more than 200 peer reviewed publications and served in many international editorial and scientific boards in the fields of optics and photoacoustics.