Graduate Programs - USA
The Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Michigan does not offer degrees in nuclear and radiochemistry although this is under evaluation. The current options are two-fold: 1) Graduate degrees are offered by the Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Nuclear Engineering independently or in collaboration with Nuclear Medicine; 2) Post graduate training in nuclear and radiochemistry is available through the Division of Nuclear Medicine which has active single-photon and positron isotope research groups. Formal training is also available through an in-house tutorial course. We are training postdoctoral fellows in the following areas:

  • Medical applications of single-photon-emitting radiopharmaceuticals. The radiochemistry and medical applications, both diagnostic and therapeutic, are predominantly with iodine isotopes (123I, 125I, 131I). Single-photon tomography is also an area of active research. These projects are directed by Donald Wieland, Ph.D. (Chemistry) and W. Leslie Rogers, Ph.D. (Physics and Instrumentation).
  • Radiochemistry and medical applications of positron-emitting isotopes and tracers. The University of Michigan Cyclotron/PET Facility has a CS-30 cyclotron which is used for the production of short-lived, positron-emitting isotopes (11C, 18F, 13N, 15O, 62Cu). These projects are directed by Michael Kilbourn, Ph.D., and Donald Wieland, Ph.D.

    In support of these applications is a basic radiochemistry, physiology and physics research program. Research projects including radiochemical syntheses with short-lived positron emitters (11C, 13N, 15O, 18F), automation and robotics, targetry development, isotope production, cyclotron-beam dynamics, physiological modeling, and PET scanner and detector development.

    The above programs are interactive and encourage correlative and cooperative studies. These programs also have access to the Ford Nuclear Reactor. Postdoctoral positions are available.

    If interested please contact one of the above mentioned project directors at:
    Division of Nuclear Medicine
    B1G412 University Hospital
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0028
    PHONE: (313) 763-0435