Alicia Reid, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Radiotracer development for PET imaging and the evaluation and development of new theories for Solid-State NMR experiments.
- Radiotracer development for PET imaging. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an extremely powerful scientific tool for probing the chemical anatomy of the human brain, understanding diseases and monitoring the efficacy of treatment. PET studies utilizing radiotracers have greatly advanced our knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases and diseases such as cancer and drug addiction. Advances in radiotracer chemistry continue to play a pivotal role in the growth and widespread applicability of PET. Central to this advancement is the need for new radiotracers that allow us to peer into the human body. My current research involves the development of much needed radiotracers for the following targets: histone deacetylase (HDAC), phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT), and the oxytocyin receptor. My research in the PET field also extents to plant imaging where I’m interested in developing radiotracers for studying physiologic processes in plants.
- Evaluation and development of new theories for Solid-State NMR. Recent advances in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) theoris such as Floquet-Magnus expansion and Fer expansion, address alternative methods for solving a time-dependent linear differential equation which is a central problem in quantum physics in general and solid-state NMR in particular. The power and the salient features of these theoretical approaches are helpful to describe the time evolution of the spin system at all times. The average Hamiltonian theory, the Floquet theory, the Floquet-Magnus expansion and the Fer expansion, provide procedures to control and describe the spin dynamics in solid-state NMR. With my main focus on Floquet-Magnus expansion, it expected that this approach will provide means for more accurate and efficient spin dynamics simulations and for devising new RF pulse sequences.