Nickeisha A. Stephenson, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, MGH / HMS

Phone:   1-617-726-6867


Nickeisha (Nicky) Stephenson received her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College in 2005. She then went on to earn her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was jointly advised by Professors Samuel H. Gellman and Shannon S. Stahl.  Her doctoral research focused on developing new methodologies for catalytic amide exchange reactions, namely; transamidation, amide metathesis and ammonolysis. In 2011, she began a postdoctoral position with Professor Tobias Ritter at Harvard University where she worked on catalytic carbon-fluorine bond forming reactions for utilization in positron emission tomography (PET). In 2013 she transitioned into the lab of Dr. Neil Vasdev at Harvard medical school and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is currently working on the radiolabelling trifluoromethyl groups.

To see a list of selected publications, visit Nickeisha's profile on Harvard Catalyst


  • B.S. in Chemistry, 2005, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, United States
  • PhD in Chemistry, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI, United States of America

Professional Positions

  • Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, 2011 – 2013, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
  • Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, 2013 – Present, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America


  • 2014 Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Award








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