Ametamey, Simon Mensah, Prof. Dr.
Simon Mensah Ametamey is a senior scientist at the Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences of ETH Zurich (Group Radiopharmaceutical Science) since April 2005. In 2006 he was appointed Titularprofessor.
Simon M. Ametamey was born on the 16th May 1956 in Adzato (Ghana) and studied Chemistry at the Technical University of Merseburg in Germany. He earned his doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Zurich under the guidance of with Prof. H.H. Heimgartner. Subsequently, he spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. K. Bernhard at Hoffmann La Roche, Basel, Switzerland. In 1991, he joined the Center for Radiopharmaceutical Science of ETH, PSI and USZ in Villigen, Switzerland. In 1994, Simon M. Ametamey worked as a research scientist in Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden under the supervision of Prof. Christer Halldin and contributed to the synthesis of dopamine transporter PET ligands. In January 1995, Simon M. Ametamey became the group leader of the Radiotracer Synthesis research group at the Center for Radiopharmaceutical Science of ETH, PSI and USZ in Villigen. In 2001, he completed his habilitation in Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. At present, Simon M. Ametamey is co-head of the Animal Imaging Center-PET.
His research activities concentrate on the development of radiolabelled biomolecules for diagnostic application in brain diseases and tumor imaging. Currently, his research work concentrates on PET ligands for glutamatergic neurotransmission, gene therapy monitoring and folate receptors.