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Steven H. Liang, Ph.D.

Fluorine-18 and carbon-11 PET radiochemistry – Cutting-edge technologies for diagnosis and drug discovery

Steven H. Liang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Radiology, Harvard Medical School,Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

ABSTRACT: We aim to show the intricacies of developing PET radiopharmaceuticals from "bench to bedside", and cutting-edge translational chemical technologies for preclinical and clinical PET imaging. The discoveryfrom bioactive molecules to PET radiopharmaceuticals and our aspiration to work towards the ultimate, albeit impossible, goal in the field: to radiolabel virtually any target molecule for PET will be raised as points for discussion.


Steven H. Liangobtained his B.Sc at Tianjin University in 2003, followed by Ph.D. in Chemistry (Advisor: Prof. Marco Ciufolini) in the University of British Columbia in 2010. Then he started as a NSERC fellow (Advisor: Prof. E.J. Corey) at Harvard University. In 2012, he accepted an Instructor position in the Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2013, he was promoted to Assistant Professor. His research focuses on novel radiochemistry methods with 11C and 18F for preclinical and clinical applications.

March 31th, 10:00AM, Conference Room at Colledge of Pharmacy