R. Michael van Dam

R. Michael van Dam, Ph.D. is a Professor and Vice chair in the Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an Associate Director of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging. His research focuses on developing novel technologies to increase access to radiopharmaceuticals (e.g., PET imaging tracers and theranostic agents), including microscale approaches for multi-step radiosynthesis, high-throughput methods for radiopharmaceutical development, and high-sensitivity techniques for radiochemical analysis. He has published over 70 papers and book chapters, and has been granted over 20 patents, related to these discoveries. Dr. van Dam is also a co-founder of Sofie, Inc., which has commercialized the ELIXYS FLEX/CHEM and PURE/FORM radiosynthesis platform based on technology and control software developed in his laboratory. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen's University (Kingston, ON, Canada), M.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto (Toronto, ON, Canada), and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA, USA).

Available for Consulting

I am available for consulting in the areas of microfluidics, prototyping, automated systems, radiochemistry technology development and evaluation, PET tracer production, and new PET tracer development and evaluation.

Curriculum Vitae

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R. Michael van Dam

Professor and Co-Associate Director

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)