van Dam Laboratory
UCLA Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging
Welcome to the website of the van Dam research group in the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging and Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA. Our group, led by Prof. R. Michael van Dam, focuses on the development of microfluidic technologies and automated systems for radiopharmaceutical synthesis and development, as well as high-throughput synthesis and analysis platforms with applications in cancer research and molecular imaging.
Much of our current work is focused on development of technologies to improve the development and production of radiopharmaceuticals, including imaging tracers and targeted radiotherapeutics (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Workflow of positron emission tomography (PET) illustrating the conventional equipment for producing PET radiotracers and the role of emerging microfluidic chemical synthesis technologies in this process.
Our group comprises talented individuals from a variety of fields with a common passion to build technologies to accelerate medical discoveries and help propel them into practical use.
Group Photo, September 9, 2022
(Jason Jones, Yingqing "Joanne" Lu, Michael van Dam,
Travis Laferriere-Holloway, Alejandra Rios, Ryan McGuan)