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Suzanne Lapi PhD


Suzanne E. Lapi, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Research,
Director, Cyclotron Facility,
Director, Radiochemistry Laboratory,
Division Director Advanced Medical Imaging Research, 
Co-leader, Experimental Therapeutics Program, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor, Advanced Imaging Facility, Division of Advanced Medical Imaging Research

slapi@uabmc.edu | WTI 310F

Suzanne E. Lapi, Ph.D. is currently Vice Chair of Translational Research in the Department of Radiology, Professor with Tenure of Radiology and Chemistry and Cyclotron Facility Director. She is also a member of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the UAB Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Her research interests are in the development and translation of new PET radionuclides and molecular imaging agents. In particular, she has an active program investigating 89Zr radiolabeled antibodies as molecular imaging agents in preclinical and clinical trials in oncology. Her other main area of research interest is in the development of new isotopes for PET imaging such as 45Ti and 43Sc.

Dr. Lapi has been continually funded with support from NIH, DOE, many foundations and industry partnerships. She has over 80 publications and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. She has trained over 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who overwhelming stay in the field of molecular imaging. She is also an active member of many initiatives with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

As Cyclotron Facility Director, She oversees production of PET radionuclides and imaging radiopharmaceuticals for preclinical research and clinical trials. Her group holds >10 approved INDs and supplies 64Cu, 89Zr, 52Mn and other isotopes to groups across the USA and internationally.

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