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Dr. Tayo F. Ikotun G'09

"A Chemist’s Path to Biology: The Role of Molecular Imaging in Drug Discovery"

Dr. Tayo Ikotun is a Scientist in the Research Imaging Sciences department at Amgen Inc., where she leads the radiochemistry and nuclear preclinical imaging labs efforts to support discovery and translational research programs in oncology, neuroscience, and cardio metabolic disorders. Here she applies her expertise in chemistry to develop radiolabeled molecules to deepen understanding of tissue distribution and mechanism of action of Amgen therapeutics. Dr. Ikotun received her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Syracuse University in 2009 where she trained as a bioinorganic chemist under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Doyle. After receiving her doctorate, she transitioned to the field of molecular imaging as a postdoctoral associate and American Cancer Society research fellow at Washington University School of Medicine. Her research focused on (1) radio-metal isotope production and separation; and (2) developing small molecule, peptide, and protein diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals to interrogate biochemical processes up regulated in cancer biology.

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