Emily Ehlerding

Emily Ehlerding

Research Assistant

I'm a final-year graduate student in the Medical Physics department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where my research focuses on nuclear medicine. In this area, we take different drugs and attach radioactive atoms to them so that we can see where these drugs go in the body using a PET (positron emission tomography) scanner. Medical Physics is a really cool intersection between physics, chemistry, and biology with immediate real-world applications.
I attended Manchester University in North Manchester, IN, for undergrad, where I majored in physics and chemistry and was the president of our local SPS chapter and a member of sigma pi sigma. 
I'm interested in joining the Alumni Program so that I can help current physics students in their career decisions. I didn't even know that medical physics was a possibility until near the end of my undergrad career, and I am very happy that I found it!