Benjamin H. Rotstein, PhD

Benjamin H. Rotstein, PhD

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, MGH / HMS

Phone:   1-617-726-6980


Benjamin Rotstein studied chemistry (BScH 2007) at Dalhousie University and University of King's College (Halifax, Nova Scotia). He moved to University of Toronto to continue his education under the supervision of Prof. Andrei Yudin, earning a PhD in 2012. During this time, his research focused on multicomponent reactions and peptide chemistry and included medicinal chemistry research at GlaxoSmithKline (Durham, North Carolina). In 2012, he began a postdoctoral position with Dr. Neil Vasdev at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is studying radiochemistry and PET imaging. He is the recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postdoctoral fellowship and was awarded a 2014 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

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  • BScH in Chemistry, 2007, Dalhousie University and University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • PhD in Chemistry, 2012, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Professional Positions

  • Post-Doctoral Scientist, 2012 – Present, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Research Projects

  • [11C]CO2 fixation reactions
  • New methodologies for labeling with fluorine-18
  • Radiosynthesis of structurally complex labeled small molecules