SIU Alumni Association To Honor Gruev As Distinguished Alumni
Viktor Gruev was born in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia in 1975. He came to the United States in 1991, attending high school in Vienna, Ill. He attended SIU from 1994 to 1998, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in computer science. He continued his master’s and doctoral studies in electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Gruev is currently an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis in the department of computer science and engineering, where he both teaches and conducts research on biomedical sensory technology for resource-limited hospitals.
Gruev's primary area of research is in imaging technologies, algorithms, and their applications to biomedical problems. His lab focuses on integrating novel nanomaterials with complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) or charge-coupled device (CCD) technology to achieve highly sensitive imagers. In particular his lab has pioneered compact polarization and multi-spectral imaging sensors. This technology has successfully undergone clinical translation in the operating room and is helping physicians in early diagnosis of colorectal cancer and other cancers. In addition, his technology is used in remote places such as the Great Barrier Reef for better understanding of marine life. Gruev has authored 39 journal articles, 66 conference papers, given 25 talks, and written two book chapters, all relating to his ongoing research in imaging technologies. He holds five patents (with three pending) relating to optical sensors.
Gruev has secured more than a dozen grants for his research. These studies include polarization imaging in endoscopy, re-engineering nature's visual sensors, florescent goggle image-guided surgery, polarization sensors used in marine deployment, and MRI acquisition of reactive ion etching with nanofabrication.
He is the recipient of the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Donald G. Fink Award for an outstanding paper in any of the IEEE transactions, journals, and conferences.
Gruev lives in St. Louis with his wife, Yanina, and three children.