Dr. Eva Birnbaum (Program Manager for Isotope Production)
Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy
College Station, Texas 77843
Dr. Birnbaum earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Concentration in Technology and Policy Studies from Carleton College, in Minnesota, followed by a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Caltech in Pasadena. She came to Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow to work in the areas of environmental remediation and catalysis, and became a staff member in 1998. She worked as a team leader in the trace metals analytical group, and then in the Materials Control Project investigating and mitigating contamination spread from hydrotest experiments at the firing sites. After a short entrepreneurial leave, she returned to LANL in 2010 as the team leader for the Laboratory’s Isotope Program, and became the Program Manager in 2014. The Isotope Program uses the LANSCE accelerator to produce radionuclides to meet the Nation’s needs for applications in medicine, industry, and R&D. As part of her interest in medical applications of radioisotopes, Dr. Birnbaum is exploring the fundamental chemical properties of actinium, an isotope of great interest for the treatment of cancer.
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