Hunter Radiochemistry IGERT

A new approach to the Ph.D. degree incorporating Radiochemistry into the Chemistry Ph.D.

The Hunter Radiochemistry program is multi-institutional and provides students with high impact interdisciplinary research opportunities. This program adds a component of radiochemistry to Ph.D. research in all disciplines of chemistry: organic, analytical, inorganic, physical, nanotechnology and biochemistry.

Student research is co-mentored by Hunter faculty and faculty from partnering institutions. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is a major partner in this program. Students who choose projects with MSKCC have laboratory space and mentors at both MSKCC and Hunter. Other partners are medical institutions in New York City, National Laboratories and academic institutions.

Graduate students will receive a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

Why Nuclear and Radiochemistry, and Why Now?

Pet Scan

18F-FDG, 18F-NaF, and 89Zr-DFO-J591 sagittal PET images of a castrate-resistant prostate cancer patient. Image courtesy of Drs. Carrasquillo, Morris, Scher, Larson and Lewis at MSKCC.

Most important applications involve Nuclear and Radiochemistry. For example, in medicine, there are 10 million annual diagnostic procedures using radiopharmaceuticals. Radioactive molecular imaging agents and targeted radiotherapy are revolutionizing molecular medicine. The interest in nuclear energy is growing in response to global warming. Presently, the United States derives 20% of its energy from nuclear power plants; nuclear energy will remain an important part of the US energy profile. Radiotracers are used for environmental studies and remediation of isotopes is a global concern. Homeland security is heavily invested in understanding signatures of radioisotopes. The field of Nuclear Forensics has exploded on the scene. The need for nuclear and radiochemists is growing, critical and global.

Partner Institutions

  • University of Missouri Columbia
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Argonne National Lab
  • Brookhaven National Lab
  • Oak Ridge National Labs
  • Los Alamos National Lab

Course of Study

First level radiochemistry and laboratory course run at Hunter College with some experiments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Advanced courses include courses at New York Medical Institutions (MSKCC, Weil-Cornell Medical College), City College School of Engineering, courses at any New York City University via consortial agreement; distance learning courses with Missouri and University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Innovative seminar course to learn communication across scientific boundaries and to the public.

Stipend and Housing

$30,000 NSF Stipend

CUNY graduate housing

What is Nuclear and Radiochemistry?

Nuclear Chemistry involves investigations and chemistry of the nucleus, nuclear processes and nuclear applications. Radiochemistry generally refers to chemistry of radioactive materials. Nuclear chemistry and Radiochemistry reflect a breadth of applications–from nuclear energy to medical imaging, environmental chemistry and nuclear security.


The goal of the NSF–IGERT program is to educate U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with deep knowledge in chosen disciplines and with skills to collaborate broadly across disciplines. The program also facilitates diverse student participation. The Hunter Radiochemistry IGERT espouses these goals and trains graduate students to work effectively in interdisciplinary and collaborative settings (both national and international in academic, government and industrial settings) and to design and conduct interdisciplinary projects using a co–mentorship model of graduate education. Moreover, the Hunter Radiochemistry IGERT provides a model for graduate education incorporating Nuclear and Radiochemistry into a Chemistry Ph.D. program that can be replicated by other institutions.