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Lucio Frydman, PhD

Lucio Frydman, PhD

Grant Status

Weizmann Institute of Science

Grant Type
Acceleration Grant

Project Title
Deuterium Metabolic MRI: An Emerging Radiation-free Surrogate of PET

Tumor Types

Research Topics
Cancer Metabolism, Deuterium Magnetic Resonance, Early Detection, MRI

Born in Argentina, Professor Lucio Frydman earned his BSc in chemistry and PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. He undertook postdoctoral studies at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California. He then joined the faculty of the University of Illinois’ Department of Chemistry in 1992, where he became Full Professor in 1999. In 2001, he joined the Weizmann Institute’s Department of Chemical Physics; became the director of the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Institute of Magnetic Resonance in 2011 and of the The Clore Institute for High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy in 2015. He is currently the Bertha and Isadore Gudelsky Professor at the Weizmann Institute, and since 2017, has served as head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Physics. He is also Chief Scientist in Chemistry and Biology at the US National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Florida.

Prof. Frydman’s research focuses on magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy and imaging, techniques that enable researchers to characterize molecular structure and behavior with unprecedented precision, and shed new light on the molecular interactions governing a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical processes. He has developed numerous sophisticated theories and practical techniques that enable the determination of the structures of materials, pharmaceuticals, proteins, and metabolites with unprecedented resolution, speed, and sensitivity.

Among Prof. Frydman’s numerous awards are the Dreyfus, Sloan, Beckman, Laukien, and National Science Foundation Career Fellowships. He is the recipient of an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant award, and in 2010, received the Outstanding Immigrant Prize from the Israel’s Ministry of Science and Absorption. He is also the 2009 recipient of the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Award for Innovative Investigation. Prof. Frydman has chaired leading scientific conferences in his field and given international endowed lectures like MIT’s Arthur D. Little series (2006), the Vaughan Lecture (2006), the first Sir Paul T. Gallaghan lecture (2013), the Tianjuan Wang lecture (Chinese Academy, 2014) and the Kolthoff award lecure (Technion, 2018).He is a fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance and currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance.

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