Dr. Ralf Schirrmacher

Associate Professor

Department of Oncology

Division of Oncologic Imaging
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About Me

I obtained my PhD from the University of Mainz (Germany) in Nuclear Chemistry in 1999. After a brief postdoctoral stay at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) I continued research at the University of Mainz as a civil servant until 2007. In 2008 I was appointed Head of Radiochemistry and Director of Cyclotron at the McConnell Brain Imaging Center at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) of McGill University. During my time at McGill University I held a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Imaging and Radiochemistry. I am currently an Associate Professor in Oncologic Imaging at the Faculty of Medicine at the MICF and Cross Cancer Center.


My research group develops new imaging agents for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging in the field of oncology and neurology. Our current interests are the development of novel radiolabeling strategies for peptide and protein labeling for cancer imaging as well as introduction of Tropomyesin receptor kinase (TrK) receptor ligands for oncological and neurological imaging. We furthermore continue our research in nano particle PET platform development. We work with a variety of different radionuclides such as carbon-11, fluorine-18, gallium-68, different radioisotopes of iodine and soon copper-64. We welcome undergraduate- as well as graduate students with a chemistry or pharmacology background to contact us and inquire further information.