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Senior Research Scientist-Basic Life, Rad/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
BioResearch Focus and interests: Molecular Imaging, PET, Immuno-Oncology, Graft versus Host Disease, CAR T cells
Dr. Israt Alam is a Senior Scientist in the Radiology Department at Stanford University. She trained in Prof. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir's lab and transitioned to Dr. Michelle James' lab in 2021. Her research focuses on studying lymphocyte activation with the motivation of developing non-invasive imaging tools, to monitor immune dynamics in response to cancer immunotherapy and in immunopathology. Her work has supported the clinical translation of several nuclear imaging agents (small molecules and a biologic) for early detection of cancer and prediction of treatment response. She has also worked on several biomarker detection platforms for early disease detection. She is currently co-chair of the "Imaging in cell and immune therapies" (ICIT) interest group for the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS).
-Senior Research Scientist, Department of Radiology, Stanford (2021-present)
-Life Sciences Research Associate, Department of Radiology, Stanford (2018-2021)
-Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Radiology, Stanford (2015-2018)
-Visiting Researcher under supervision of Prof. Spencer Shorte, Plateforme d'imagerie dynamique, Pasteur Institute, Paris (2014)
-Science Education Consultant: United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris (2012-2013)
Vikram S Bajaj
Adjunct Professor, Rad/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
BioAdj. Professor, Stanford Radiology.
Managing Director, Foresite Capital Management
Co-Founder/CEO, Foresite Labs
Chief Scientific Officer, GRAIL
Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder, Verily (Google Life Sciences)
Assistant Professor of Radiology (Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe focus of my research is to develop novel imaging and treatment strategies to detect and better manage cancer. This approach relies first on the identification and validation of molecular targets and biomarkers that are linked with underlying the underlying biology driving the initiation and progression of cancers. We then develop novel small molecule based radiotracers to monitor fundamental molecular and cellular processes occurring in living subjects using positron emission tomography (PET) with the goal of improving cancer diagnosis and management. We additionally develop novel peptide based theragnostic agents for stratification of patients with high receptor expression, treatment with targeted radionuclide therapy, and subsequent monitoring of treatment response. Our overall goal is to develop multiple clinically translatable strategies to improve cancer diagnosis, management, and outcomes.