Nashwa Jarkas, PhD

Research Technical Specialist

Organic Chemistry and Imaging Sciences

1364 Clifton Road

Atlanta, GA 30329

Phone: (404) 727-2193


Dr. Jarkas’s background is in organic chemistry and her research is in drug discovery and molecular imaging. She received the first place prize of the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council SNMMI Young Investigator Award and was a finalist for the Emory Radiology Department Rising Star Award. She currently serves on the Blue, Gold, and Green Committees of Emory IACUC office. She is an Editorial Board Member of the Molecular Imaging Gateway journal and the Editor of one issue of that journal once per year. Dr. Jarkas’s research focuses on the development of positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers to image cancer and neuropsychiatric disorders.

  • Ph.D. Metz-Nancy University, Metz, France
  • M.S. Metz-Nancy University, Metz, France

Dr. Jarkas’s research has been funded by Georgia Research Alliance (cancer) and NIH/NIMH (neuropsychiatric disorders) grants. Her research projects include: 1) the development of carbon-11 or fluorine-18 biochemical probes to study alterations in the brain associated with many neuropsychiatric disorders and cocaine addiction (this project led to the translation of C-11 HOMADAM to humans); and 2) the development of fluorine-18 non-natural amino-acids to image cancer, which led to the translation of F-18 FACPC to humans.