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Nabeel Nabulsi, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Associate Director of PET Center, Yale PET Center; Deputy Director of PET Center Chemistry Section; Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Control, Yale PET Center


Nabeel Nabulsi obtained his BA degree from UTA in 1980 in Chemistry (pre-Medicine), MS degree from TTU in Organic Chemistry in 1984, and PhD from LSU in Organic/Bioorganic Chemistry in 1991. Afterwards, Dr Nabulsi spent several years back in his ancestry homeland Jordan, during which time worked as director of Organic Chemistry labs in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Jordan for Women, and subsequently as senior scientist at Hikma pharmaceuticals raw chemicals division, all the while engaging in comparative theological research and free-lance writing.

After returning to the States, Dr Nabulsi spent 2 years as a research fellow chemist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Infectious Diseases Infection Control and Employee Health, where he worked in Dr I Raad's lab on developing methods for coating/impregnating indwelling medical devices with antiseptics to prevent nosocomial infections. Subsequently, Dr Nabulsi was awarded a 3-year training fellowship in PET radiochemistry in Dr M Kilbourn's Lab at the University of Michigan. Dr Nabulsi was recruited by Dr Y-S Ding to join the Yale PET Center in 2006.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    University of Michigan Medical School (2006)
  • Fellowship
    University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (2001)
  • PhD
    Louisiana State University, Chemsitry/Organic/Bioorganic (1991)
  • MS
    Texas Tech University, Chemistry/Organic (1984)
  • BA
    University of Texas at Arlington, Chemistry/Pre-Medicine (1980)


  • Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Compliance with Regulatory Requirements Regarding Production of Radiopharmaceuticals for Clinical Applications
    Chengdu, Sichuan, China 2019
    Department of Nuclear Medicine, West China Hospital, Sichuan University
  • Production of Clinically Useful Quantities of the mGluR5 Radiopharmaceutical [18F]FPEB
    Los Angeles, CA, United States 2019
    Semel Institute PET Center, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
"Distinguished Dissertation Award" nominee in recognition of extraordinarily high quality doctoral research.Louisiana State University1991

Professional Service

Laboratory Safety Committee, Yale UniversityMember2015 - Present
Society of Radiopharmaceutical SciencesMember2010 - Present
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular ImagingMember2006 - Present

Departments & Organizations