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R. Michael van Dam, Ph.D.

Work Email Address: mvandam@mednet.ucla.edu

Lab Number: 310-794-1731

Office Phone Number: 310-206-6507

Research group website

Laboratory Address:
4310 CNSI, 570 Westwood Plaza, Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Office Address:
4323 CNSI, 570 Westwood Plaza, Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Department / Division Affiliations
Associate Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology

Research Interests
My laboratory is interested in making cutting edge molecular imaging methods (e.g. positron emission tomography, PET) more accessible. We are developing improved ways to produce diverse PET tracers at lower cost for research and clinical use. Our research involves developing new automated and miniaturized technologies to streamline all phases of the tracer production process. We also produce tracers for various research groups for imaging of various biological processes (including metabolism, gene expression, cell proliferation, etc.), and we produce labeled peptides and proteins to image receptors and structural proteins with high specificity. We collaborate with several groups on the development of novel PET tracers and on the development of new chemistry approaches for simplified tracer production.


Publications
Claggett Shane B, Quinn Kevin M, Lazari Mark, Moore Melissa D, van Dam R Michael Simplified programming and control of automated radiosynthesizers through unit operations. EJNMMI research. 2013; 3(1): 53.
Lazari Mark, Quinn Kevin M, Claggett Shane B, Collins Jeffrey, Shah Gaurav J, Herman Henry E, Maraglia Brandon, Phelps Michael E, Moore Melissa D, van Dam R Michael ELIXYS - a fully automated, three-reactor high-pressure radiosynthesizer for development and routine production of diverse PET tracers. EJNMMI research. 2013; 3(1): 52.
Shah Gaurav J, Ding Huijiang, Sadeghi Saman, Chen Supin, Kim Chang-Jin Cj, van Dam R Michael On-demand droplet loading for automated organic chemistry on digital microfluidics. Lab on a chip. 2013; 13(14): 2785-95.
Herman Henry, Flores Graciela, Quinn Kevin, Eddings Mark, Olma Sebastian, Moore Melissa D, Ding Huijiang, Bobinski Krzysztof P, Wang Mingwei, Williams Dirk, Wiliams Darin, Shen Clifton Kwang-Fu, Phelps Michael E, van Dam R Michael Plug-and-play modules for flexible radiosynthesis. Applied radiation and isotopes. 2013; 78: 113-24.
Sadeghi Saman, Liang Vincent, Cheung Shilin, Woo Suh, Wu Curtis, Ly Jimmy, Deng Yuliang, Eddings Mark, van Dam R Michael Reusable electrochemical cell for rapid separation of [18F]fluoride from [18O]water for flow-through synthesis of 18F-labeled tracers. Applied radiation and isotopes. 2013; 75(14): 85-94.
Ding Huijiang, Sadeghi Saman, Shah Gaurav J, Chen Supin, Keng Pei Yuin, Kim Chang-Jin C J, van Dam R Michael Accurate dispensing of volatile reagents on demand for chemical reactions in EWOD chips. Lab on a chip. 2012; 12(18): 3331-40.
Pei Yuin Keng, Melissa Esterby, R. Michael van Dam Emerging Technologies for Decentalized Production of PET Tracers. Positron Emission Tomography - Current Clinical and Research Aspects. 2012; 153-182.
Sadeghi Saman, Ding Huijiang, Shah Gaurav J, Chen Supin, Keng Pei Yuin, Kim Chang-Jin Cj, van Dam R Michael On chip droplet characterization: A practical, high-sensitivity measurement of droplet impedance in digital microfluidics. Analytical chemistry. 2012; .
Keng Pei Yuin, Chen Supin, Ding Huijiang, Sadeghi Saman, Shah Gaurav J, Dooraghi Alex, Phelps Michael E, Satyamurthy Nagichettiar, Chatziioannou Arion F, Kim Chang-Jin CJ, van Dam R Michael Micro-chemical synthesis of molecular probes on an electronic microfluidic device. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2011; .
Ying-Wei Yang, Jens Hentschel, Yi-Chun Chen, Mark Lazari, Hanxiang Zeng, R. Michael van Dam, Zhibin Guan “Clicked” fluoropolymer elastomers as robust materials for potential microfluidic device applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry. 2011; 22: 1100-1106.
Saman Sadeghi, Jimmy Ly, Yuliang Deng, R. Michael van Dam A Robust Platinum-Based Electrochemical Micro Flow Cell for Drying of [18F]Fluoride for PET Tracer Synthesis. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) 2010; 318-320.
Sun Jing, Masterman-Smith Michael D, Graham Nicholas A, Jiao Jing, Mottahedeh Jack, Laks Dan R, Ohashi Minori, DeJesus Jason, Kamei Ken-ichiro, Lee Ki-Bum, Wang Hao, Yu Zeta T F, Lu Yi-Tsung, Hou Shuang, Li Keyu, Liu Max, Zhang Nangang, Wang Shutao, Angenieux Brigitte, Panosyan Eduard, Samuels Eric R, Park Jun, Williams Dirk, Konkankit Vera, Nathanson David, van Dam R Michael, Phelps Michael E, Wu Hong, Liau Linda M, Mischel Paul S, Lazareff Jorge A, Kornblum Harley I, Yong William H, Graeber Thomas G, Tseng Hsian-Rong A microfluidic platform for systems pathology: multiparameter single-cell signaling measurements of clinical brain tumor specimens. Cancer research. 2010; 70(15): 6128-38.
Elizarov Arkadij M, van Dam R Michael, Shin Young Shik, Kolb Hartmuth C, Padgett Henry C, Stout David, Shu Jenny, Huang Jiang, Daridon Antoine, Heath James R Design and optimization of coin-shaped microreactor chips for PET radiopharmaceutical synthesis. Journal of nuclear medicine. 2010; 51(2): 282-7.
Supin Chen, Huijiang Ding, Gaurav J. Shah, R. Michael van Dam, Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim EWOD Microdevices for Synthesis of 18F-Labeled Tracers for Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Proceedings of the Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop 2010; .
Elizarov Arkadij M, Meinhart Carl, Miraghaie Reza, van Dam R Michael, Huang Jiang, Daridon Antoine, Heath James R, Kolb Hartmuth C Flow optimization study of a batch microfluidics PET tracer synthesizing device. Biomedical microdevices. 2010; 13(1): 231-42.
Liu Kan, Chen Yi-Chun, Tseng Hsian-Rong, Shen Clifton Kwang-Fu, van Dam R Michael Microfluidic device for robust generation of two-component liquid-in-air slugs with individually controlled composition. Microfluidics and nanofluidics. 2010; 9(4-5): 933-943.
Liu, K., Lepin, E.J., Wang, M-W, Guo, F., Lin, W-Y, Chen, Y-C, Sirk, S.J., Olma, S., Phelps, M.E., Zhao, X-Z, Tseng, H-R, van Dam, R.M.*, Wu, A.M.*, Shen, C.K-F* Microfluidic-based 18F-Labeling of Biomolecules for Immuno-Positron Emission Tomography. Molecular Imaging 2010; .
Pei Yuin Keng, Supin Chen, Huijiang Ding, Sam Sadeghi, Michael E. Phelps, N. Satyamurthy, Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim, R. Michael van Dam Optimization of Radiosynthesis of Molecular Tracers in EWOD Microfluidic Chip. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) 2010; 668-670.
W-Y Tseng, J. Cho, X. Ma, K. Mahal, A. Chatziioannou, R. M. van Dam PDMS Evaporation Chip to Concentration [18F]Fluoride for Synthesis of PET Tracers in Microfluidics. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) 2010; 1010-1012.
Wei-yu Tseng, Jennifer Cho, Xiaoxiao Ma, Andrew Kunihiro, Arion Chatziioannou and R. Michael van Dam Toward reliable synthesis of radiotracers for positron emission tomography in PDMS microfluidic chips: Study and optimization of the [18F]fluoride drying process. Proceedings of NanoTech 2010; 2: 472-475.
Cho Jennifer S, Taschereau Richard, Olma Sebastian, Liu Kan, Chen Yi-Chun, Shen Clifton K-F, van Dam R Michael, Chatziioannou Arion F Cerenkov radiation imaging as a method for quantitative measurements of beta particles in a microfluidic chip. Phys Med Biol. 2009; 54(22): 6757-71.
J. S. Cho, A. Douraghy, S. Olma, K. Liu, Y. C. Chen, C. K. Shen, R. W. Silverman, R. M. van Dam, A. F. Chatziioannou Čerenkov Radiation Imaging as a Method for Quantitative Measurements of Beta Particles in a Microfluidic Chip. Proceedings of IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference. 2008; 4510-4515.
Olma, S., Liu, K., Chen, Y-C, Tseng, H-R, van Dam, R.M., Shen, C.K-F. Application of a microfluidic mixer for [18F]fluorine labeling of biomolecules for positron emission tomography. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) 2008; 604-606.
Liu, K., Xia, C., Shen, C.K-F, van Dam, R.M. Automated delivery of small fluid volumes through tubing to microfluidic chips. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) 2008; 62-64.
Liu, K., Chen, Y-C, Tseng, H-R, Shen, C.K-F, van Dam, R.M. Fluid-parameter-independent microfluidic device for reliable generation of multi-component droplets. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) 2008; 694-696.
van Dam, R.M., Elizarov, A.M., Ball, E., Shen, C.K-F , Kolb, H., Rolland, J., Diener, L., Williams D., Edgecombe, B., Stephen, T., Heath, J.R. Automated microfluidic chip and system for the synthesis of radiopharmaceuticals on human-dose scales. Proc. Nanotech 2007. 2007; 3: 300-303.
Maltezos George, Garcia Erika, Hanrahan Grady, Gomez Frank A, Vyawahare Saurabh, Vyawhare Saurabh, van Dam R Michael, Chen Yan, Scherer Axel Design and fabrication of chemically robust three-dimensional microfluidic valves. Lab on a chip. 2007; 7(9): 1209-11.
Elizarov, A.M., Kolb, H.C., van Dam, R.M., Heath, J.R., Padgett, H.C., Huang, J., Daridon, A. Coin-shaped reactor in microfluidic devices used for radiopharmaceutical synthesis. Proc. Nanotech 2006. 2006; 2: 542-545.
Elizarov, A.M., van Dam, R.M., Heath, J.R., Kolb, H.C., Huang, J., Daridon, A. Microfluidic device with coin-shaped reactor for radiopharmaceutical synthesis. Proc. ACS 2006. 2006; .
Rolland, J.P., van Dam, R.M., Hagberg, E.C., Carter, K.R., Quake, S.R., DeSimone, J. Functional perfluoropolyethers as novel materials for microfluidics and soft lithography. Polymer Preprints. 2004; 45(2): 106-107.
Rolland, J.P., Zhou, Z., Kelly, J.Y., Denison, G.M., van Dam, R.M., Hagberg, E.C., Carter, K.R., Quake, S.R., DeSimone, J.M Liquid precursors for applications in microfluidics, soft lithography, and fuel cells. PMSE Preprints. 2004; 91: 254-255.
Rolland Jason P, Van Dam R Michael, Schorzman Derek A, Quake Stephen R, DeSimone Joseph M Solvent-resistant photocurable liquid fluoropolymers for microfluidic device fabrication [corrected]. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2004; 126(8): 2322-3.
Reese Matthew O, van Dam R Michael, Scherer Axel, Quake Stephen R Microfabricated fountain pens for high-density DNA arrays. Genome research. 2003; 13(10): 2348-52.
van Dam R Michael, Quake Stephen R Gene expression analysis with universal n-mer arrays. Genome research. 2002; 12(1): 145-52.
Ma Xiaoxiao, Tseng Wei-Yu, Eddings Mark, Keng Pei Yuin, van Dam R Michael A microreactor with phase-change microvalves for batch chemical synthesis at high temperatures and pressures. Lab on a chip. 2014; 14(2): 280-5.
Cheung Shilin, Ly Jimmy, Lazari Mark, Sadeghi Saman, Keng Pei Yuin, van Dam R Michael The separation and detection of PET tracers via capillary electrophoresis for chemical identity and purity analysis. Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis. 2014; 94(13): 12-8.
Dooraghi Alex A, Keng Pei Y, Chen Supin, Javed Muhammad R, Kim Chang-Jin C J, Chatziioannou Arion F, van Dam R Michael Optimization of microfluidic PET tracer synthesis with Cerenkov imaging. The Analyst. 2013; 138(19): 5654-64.
Ly Jimmy, Masterman-Smith Michael, Ramakrishnan Ravichandran, Sun Jing, Kokubun Brent, van Dam R Michael Automated reagent-dispensing system for microfluidic cell biology assays. Journal of laboratory automation. 2013; 18(6): 530-41.
Chen Supin, Javed Muhammad Rashed, Kim Hee-Kwon, Lei Jack, Lazari Mark, Shah Gaurav J, van Dam R Michael, Keng Pei-Yuin, Kim Chang-Jin C J Radiolabelling diverse positron emission tomography (PET) tracers using a single digital microfluidic reactor chip. Lab on a chip. 2014; 14(5): 902-10.
Sergeev Maxim E, Morgia Federica, Lazari Mark, Wang Christopher, van Dam R Michael Titania-catalyzed radiofluorination of tosylated precursors in highly aqueous medium. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2015; 137(17): 5686-94.
Javed Muhammad Rashed, Chen Supin, Lei Jack, Collins Jeffrey, Sergeev Maxim, Kim Hee-Kwon, Kim Chang-Jin, van Dam R Michael, Keng Pei Yuin High yield and high specific activity synthesis of [18F]fallypride in a batch microfluidic reactor for micro-PET imaging. Chemical communications (Cambridge, England). 2014; 50(10): 1192-4.
Lazari Mark, Collins Jeffrey, Shen Bin, Farhoud Mohammed, Yeh Daniel, Maraglia Brandon, Chin Frederick T, Nathanson David A, Moore Melissa, van Dam R Michael Fully automated production of diverse 18F-labeled PET tracers on the ELIXYS multireactor radiosynthesizer without hardware modification. Journal of nuclear medicine technology. 2014; 42(3): 203-10.
Javed Muhammad Rashed, Chen Supin, Kim Hee-Kwon, Wei Liu, Czernin Johannes, Kim Chang-Jin C J, van Dam R Michael, Keng Pei Yuin Efficient radiosynthesis of 3'-deoxy-3'-18F-fluorothymidine using electrowetting-on-dielectric digital microfluidic chip. Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine. 2014; 55(2): 321-8.
Tseng Wei-Yu, van Dam R Michael Compact microfluidic device for rapid concentration of PET tracers. Lab on a chip. 2014; 14(13): 2293-302.
Lazari Mark, Irribarren Jonathan, Zhang Shuang, van Dam R Michael Understanding temperatures and pressures during short radiochemical reactions. Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine. 2016; 108: 82-91.
Keng Pei Yuin, van Dam R Michael Digital Microfluidics: A New Paradigm for Radiochemistry. Molecular imaging. 2015; 14: 13-14.
Lazari Mark, Lyashchenko Serge K, Burnazi Eva M, Lewis Jason S, van Dam R Michael, Murphy Jennifer M Fully-automated synthesis of 16β-(18)F-fluoro-5α-dihydrotestosterone (FDHT) on the ELIXYS radiosynthesizer. Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine. 2015; 103: 9-14.