Dr. J. Manuel Perez is a Program Director in the Image Guided Interventions Branch of the Cancer Imaging Program, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He received his PhD in Biochemistry at Boston University and a post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Before joining NCI, Dr Perez was tenured professor at the University of Central Florida (2005-2015) and Cedar Sinai Medical Center (2015-2021). Dr Perez has over 20 years of academic experience in the fields of bio-organic chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and molecular imaging. His research interest included the development of magnetic sensors, molecular imaging agents, therapeutic nanoagents and intraoperative procedures to image and treat cancer. His work was supported by multiple NIH (K01 and R01s) and industry-sponsored grants. He joined the NCI’s Cancer Imaging Program in 2021 and is currently managing projects in areas related to image guided intervention, nanotechnology, and molecular imaging.