Increasing Access to Radioisotopes by Advancing Radiochemical Training Capabilities

The following funding announcement was originally issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Through a joint effort between Lehman College and DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, this funding will aid the development of medical isotope research programs and foster more diverse participation in those programs. For more information on this project, please visit the National Isotope Development Center’s website. For more information on Brookhaven’s isotope research and workforce development programs, please contact Stephanie Kossman (, 631-644-8671).

The Department of Energy Isotope Program has awarded funding to Professor Melissa Deri from CUNY Lehman College and Dr. Vanessa Sanders of Brookhaven National Laboratory through the Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR) initiative. This award will enhance radiochemical facilities at Lehman College. 

Advancing Lehman’s radiochemical research capacity will greatly increase the number and diversity of students who are able to participate in and be exposed to isotope production science. The proposal will boost research capacity and infrastructure at Lehman College by providing the necessary equipment and furnishings for radiochemistry laboratory facilities, thereby enabling high-impact research endeavors such as production and processing of radio-scandium isotopes for potential use in medical applications. 

The DOE Office of Science FAIR initiative targets Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Emerging Research Institutions (ERIs) and partnering institutions to perform basic research in applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geoscience, isotope research, materials science, and physics.

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