Hooker, an organic chemist, is being recognized for his work in adapting modern synthetic chemistry to create new tools for studying the chemistry of living systems. Working from basic chemical principles, Hooker has focused his research on advancing fundamental radiochemistry and developing new radio-labeled compounds for biomedical imaging.
"It's really important that there's still an appreciation and recognition of basic science," Hooker said, meaning research aimed at discovering basic scientific principles rather than driven by predetermined applications. "It's very rewarding and fulfilling to know that people do make note of these advances."
Hooker's research has already led to important advances, including fast reaction systems for labeling formaldehyde and other carbon-containing compounds that could have benefits for the study of human diseases such as cancer.
The award also recognizes Hooker's efforts to share his knowledge through outreach work and mentoring of visiting students and scholars.
In addition to his appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory and position at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Hooker is an associate director of the PET [positron emission tomography] Core at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Textile Chemistry at North Carolina State University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He has won several scholarships and teaching awards and was a Distinguished Goldhaber Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 2009, Batelle honored Hooker as Brookhaven National Laboratory's "Inventor of the Year." Hooker has co-authored 29 peer-reviewed papers and his rese
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