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New Faculty Member Adds Focus for Medicine Applications

A new assistant professor is adding to the dynamic range of study and approaches for nuclear engineering at UT.

Ivis Chaple. Ivis Chaple came to Rocky Top in August after completing a postdoctoral research associate position at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was part of the Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Research group in the Chemistry Division.

Chaple earned her PhD in 2021 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Suzanne Lapi. She offers two main goals as she joins the faculty:

“I hope to develop and expand the medical radiochemistry program, with an emphasis on development of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and targeted therapy of diseases such as cancer. Additionally, as the first Hispanic tenure-track female in the department, I hope to help bring equity and diversity to the department and the field of radiochemistry through my team of researchers and students.”

The department welcomes Chaple and looks forward to the knowledge and experience she brings to the spectrum of research and teaching at UT.