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Molecular Imaging Branch

H. Umesha Shetty, PhD

Umesha Shetty, PhDDr Shetty is an Analytical Chemist in the PET Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Section, Molecular Imaging Branch, National Institute of Mental Health. He obtained his B.Pharm. from Bangalore University (1973) and M.Pharm. from BITS, Pilani, (1976) in India and Ph.D. from University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1983). Dr. Shetty carried out his postdoctoral research at University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. He was a Scientist at Elan Corp., South San Francisco, California and a Senior Staff Fellow at National Institute on Aging, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, before joining NIMH. His research interests are in the areas of drug and PET tracer metabolism, brain phospholipid metabolism and mass spectrometry. His current work includes (i) identification of metabolites of PET radioligands (e.g., dopamine transporter and 5-HT1A and mGluR5 receptors) and pathways for their genesis in brain and periphery (ii) characterization of carrier molecules and (iii) analytical method development.