Jim R. Ropchan, PhD

Jim Ropchan

Title: Research Scientist
Company: Yale University
Location: Hamden, Connecticut, United States

Jim Ropchan, Research Scientist at Yale University since 2006, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of chemistry.

Dr. Ropchan started his higher education at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, Canada. He earned his degree in chemical engineering technology in 1971, and continued his education at the Detroit Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in 1972. After working as a quality control chemist for Ford Motor Co., he returned to his studies, earning a PhD from the University of Detroit in 1981. From 1981 to 1985, Dr. Ropchan continued his coursework as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and started as an associate investigator with the division of nuclear medicine and biophysics in 1983.

In 1985, Dr. Ropchan spent three weeks as a lecturer on radiopharmaceutical chemistry and PET research in Italy. In 1986, he started as the chief chemist of the chemistry section in the VA positron emission tomography facility for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In 1987, he served as secretary of the radioactive drug research committee (RDRC), a member of the Radiation Safety Committee and as instructor of the radiopharmacy course, along with his other responsibilities until 1995. Since 1991, Dr. Ropchan has been involved in the design and fabrication of targetry and chemistry systems, and in 1992, he became the director of the cyclotron facility at the VA West Los Angeles facility. Furthermore, Dr. Ropchan served as director and vice president of Radiopharmaceutical and Cyclotron Operations at the Molecular Imaging and Vital Imaging companies, respectively, and UCSD San Diego. He has over 160 papers, abstracts and book chapters to his credit.

Through his career as a research chemist, Dr. Ropchan has been a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Planetary Society, the Cousteau Society and the Keepers Club. Additionally, he has served as a member of the American Management Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Heart Association and the American Chemical Society and earned the prestigious ABI Presidential Seal of Honor. Dr. Ropchan is also a Fellow of the IBC, ABI and the American Institute of Chemists (FAIC) and was a grantee at UCLA.

For his excellence in the field, Dr. Ropchan has been the recipient of a variety of awards. As a student, he was given the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Detroit Institute of Technology. In 1989, he received the Supervisor Performance Award from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and was named Man of the Year by ABI in 1991. He received additional Supervisor Performance Awards in 1991 and 1992, and was also named Man of the Year by the IBC in 1992.

As a further testament to his stature as a researcher and chemist, Dr. Ropchan was featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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