Laurie A. Derby BS, CNMT

Laurie Derby

Laurie A. Derby

Clinical Instructor

Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

Biomedical Imaging; Imaging In Vivo; Molecular Imaging Techniques; Molecular Imaging Techniques; Nuclear Medicine; Pathophysiology

Contact Information
270 Biomedical Education (BEB)
3435 Main St, South Campus
Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: (716) 829-5295

Professional Summary:

I have served as an instructor in the Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and presently in the Pathology and Anatomical Science Department for over 25 years. I bring to my role the many years of experience I gained teaching students while simultaneously working as a nuclear medicine technologist in a variety of clinical settings, from large university hospitals to private offices.

I have been a member of clinical trials teams, contributing my expertise in molecular imaging technology alongside other health care providers. My expertise includes electronic dual- and triple-head detectors, nuclear cardiology, positron imaging and monoclonal imaging for specialized tumor detection. Balancing the demands of diagnostic imaging, patient care and management and clinical competencies has enriched my capacity to instruct students as emerging technologists.

I lecture and serve as lab instructor for the undergraduate human anatomy course ( PAS 313) . The classroom and lab allow me to bring my clinical experience to bear in teaching students about the relevance of lifestyle, fitness and nutrition in precipitating anatomical and physiologic changes which alter wellness and promulgate disease. I also teach in the Department of Nuclear Medicine to the Nuclear Medicine Technology majors. Courses in Radionuclide Therapy and a three semester sequence of InVivo I , II & III Studies which delves into the pathophysiology of radiopharmaceuticals, Patient Care and Management (NMD 340) and the Clinical Conference course I & II for senior students are a component of my contribution. I also enjoy being on the Admissions Committee that screens new applicants to the department.

Challenging, demanding and rewarding careers in health care continue to expand. I enjoy my role in advancing the knowledge base and personal development of each student I teach and mentor.

Education and Training:

  • BS, Nuclear Medicine Technology, University at Buffalo (1985)


  • No administrative appointments
  • Clinical Instructor, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2012-present)
  • Clinical Instructor, Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University at Buffalo (1995–2012)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Kaleida Health (1990–2012)
  • PET Technologist, DENT Neurologic Institute (2000–2005)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Buffalo Heart Group (1999–2002)
  • PET Technologist, VA Medical center (1995–1997)
  • Research Technologist, Buffalo Institute for Medical Research (1994–1995)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Morristown Memorial Hospital (1988–1990)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist, St. Barnabus Medical Center (1986–1988)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist, St. Michael Medical Center (1985–1986)
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Awards and Honors:

  • no formal recognitions (2022)

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

Professional Memberships:

  • Society Of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging; A nonprofit scientific and professional organization that promotes the science, technology and practical application of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. SNMMI represents nuclear and molecular imaging professionals, all of whom are committed to the advancement of the field. (2021–2023)


Service Activities:

  • Non profit homeless food service and clothing outreach center.; Volunteer at Friends Of the Night People (2021–present)
  • NM Admissions Committee Member Appointed member to the Department of Nuclear Medicine Technology Admissions Committee that screens undergraduate applicants to the department.; Committee Member (2021–present)
  • I participate in UB's STEM program with contributions of Letter of Recommendation writing of applicants.; Referee for candidates applying for scholarships (2021–present)
  • Participate in the annual summer new student orientation (every July) for Health Science majors.; Faculty
  • I annually author 15 - 40 LOR's (Letter of Recommendation) for students applying to medical school/ dental school/ PA school/ pharmacy school/ Masters programs in neuroscience, biology and biomedical engineering.; Referee for candidates applying to pre-professional programs

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Contact Information

270 Biomedical Education (BEB)
3435 Main St, South Campus
Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: (716) 829-5295