Soma Umeozulu graduated with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019. At College Park, she was involved in the Gemstone Program, where she researched the potential of ion exchange resins to desalinate road salt runoff to address the issue of high salinity levels in the environment. She also spent the summer of 2017 researching the sex-specific effects of neurogenesis in the hippocampus of rats and the development of fear behavior.
She joined the PET Radiopharmaceutical Science Section, Molecular Imaging Branch at the NIH in August 2019 as a Postbaccalaureate Fellow. Her current research focuses on the synthesis of 18F- and 11C-labeled radioligands for PET imaging in inflammation, specifically to target COX-2 in the brain.