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91st Faculty Research Lecture
Imaging the Living Biology of Our Bodies in Health and Disease

Michael E. Phelps
Norton Simon Professor and Chair, Medical and Molecular Pharmacology
Associate Director, Laboratory of Structural Biology and Molecular Medicine
Chief, Division of Nuclear Medicine

October 9, 2001


Michael Phelps is internationally recognized as the inventor of the positron emission tomography (PET) scanner. PET provides scientists and physicians with a window into the living body, enabling them to see and measure its chemical and biological functions. Dr. Phelp's discoveries heralded the blending of biology and medicine to form a new specialty that seeks out and corrects the molecular errors that produce disease.

Dr. Phelps received his bachelor degree in chemistry and mathematics form Western Washington State University in 1965. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from Washing University, ST. Louis, in 1970. Before joining UCLA in 1976, Dr. Phelps was a faculty member at the medical schools of Washington University and University of Pennsylvania.

During his 30-year career, Dr. Phelps has published more than 600 scientific articles, books and book chapters; server as principle or co-principal investigator of $210 million in research grants; and received more than $17 million in private donations to support his work.


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