Kurt Zinn

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Kurt R. Zinn is the Hickman Family Endowed Chair of Oncology. He is a professor in Radiology (College of Human Medicine), Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering), and Small Animal Clinical Sciences (College of Veterinary Medicine) and was hired in 2017 as part of the MSU Global Impact Initiative. Dr. Zinn conducts research in the field of molecular imaging, including as part of cancer diagnosis and therapy. Neuroimaging of drug delivery to the brain is also a research focus.

With experience in more than 12 prior Phase 1 clinical trials, he now conducts clinical trials in both veterinary and human medicine, with a focus on targeted radiation therapy for cancer using alpha-particle emitting radionuclides, including radionuclides that will be available from FRIB. Dr. Zinn is also the Director of Nuclear Medicine and has established a radiopharmacy at MSU that manufactures research and clinical doses of radiopharmaceuticals.

Dr. Zinn received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy of Radiology Research in 2015. He holds a B.A. in chemistry, a DVM in veterinary medicine, an M.S. in chemistry, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia.