Karen Gagnon received a BSc in Chemistry from Mount Allison University in 1999 and a PhD from The University of Western Ontario in 2005. During her PhD studies she developed polymer-supported aryl and vinyl stannanes that could be used as scaffolds for labeling molecules of biological interest with radioactive iodine. She began a postdoctoral position at UCDavis in 2005 investigating new radiolabeled peptides to target cell surface receptors upregulated in certain disease states. She joined the Ferrara lab in 2009 as an organic/peptide/radio-chemist and worked on developing multivalent compounds that can be used for molecular imaging.
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