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R. Michael van Dam

Michael van Dam (2016)
Brief Biography

Michael received his bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from Queen's University (Kingston, ON, Canada), and then received his master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto (Toronto, ON, Canada), where he worked under the direction of Prof. Zvonko G. Vranesic (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) on communication networks in multiprocessor systems (NUMAchine Multiprocessor Project).  Michael obtained his doctoral degree in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA, USA), where he worked under the direction of Prof. Stephen R. Quake (Department of Applied Physics; now at Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University) on developing chemically-resistant microfluidic devices for chemical synthesis applications. After graduate school, he worked under the direction of Prof. James R. Heath (Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology) on microfluidic devices for the synthesis of positron-emission tomography (PET) probes, and transitioned to a Senior Scientist role at Siemens Molecular Imaging Biomarker Research to commercialize this work. He joined the UCLA Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology in 2007.  He is currently a Professor in the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, Department of Bioengineering, and the Physics and Biology in Medicine Graduate Program, as well as Co-Associate Director of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging.

Contact Info

R. Michael van Dam
Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging
Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

California NanoSystems Institute, Room 4323
570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
310-206-6507 (office)
310-206-8975 (fax)

Available for Consulting

I am available for consulting in the areas of microfluidic chips, automated fluidic systems, and automated radiosynthesizers.


Curriculum Vitae

(Coming soon)