Research Training in Medical Physics (T32 EB002103)

Program DirectorSamuel Armato

Openings: 4 Predoctoral, 0 Postdoctoral

The Graduate Programs in Medical Physics at the University of Chicago offers research training that leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree as well as postdoctoral training. Students working toward a graduate degree in medical physics are expected to have completed training equivalent to that required for the S.B. degree in the Department of Physics at this University.

The field of medical physics, which has emerged from the growing interaction between physics and biology, may be broadly defined as applied physics in medicine. The program faculty’s primary areas of research interest include the physics of diagnostic radiology, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, optoacoustic imaging, and radiation therapy. Students are required to take coursework, participate in seminars and journal club meetings, assist in research projects, and complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Research projects may be theoretical or experimental studies, and may consist of: the development of computer-aided diagnostic schemes and the evaluation of observer performance; theoretical and experimental studies in digital radiography; picture archiving and communication systems; magnetic resonance imaging; MR spectroscopy; nuclear medicine imaging; positron emission tomography; computer applications in radiation therapy; dose computation and verification; multi-modality image correlation; or radiolabeled monoclonal antibody dosimetry. Unique features of this program are the faculty’s focused efforts on research in medical imaging and on the training of high-level medical physicists. All trainees take a cancer and radiation biology course; participate in programs related to responsible conduct of research, and serve as teaching assistants. The number of current program faculty is 24. The number of current predoctoral students is 26. The number of trainees for which funding is requested is six per year at the predoctoral level.

Training Faculty:

  • Armato, Sam: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, CT Imaging of Thorax, Tumor Response Assessment and Analysis
  • Al-Hallaq, Hania: Image-Guided Radiation Therapy and Functional Imaging
  • Aydogan, Bulent: Image-Guided Radiotherapy
  • Bader, Kenneth: Histotripsy and thrombolytics
  • Carroll, Timothy J: Advanced MRI to target changes in arterial vasculature and tissue perfusion
  • Chen, Chin-Tu: Nuclear Medicine Imaging, PET, SPECT, Image Reconstruction
  • Giger, Maryellen: Digital Radiography, Computer-Aided Diagnosis, Quantitative Imaging, CT Imaging of the Thorax
  • Grdina, David: Radiation Biology
  • Halpern, Howard: Radiation Treatment Planning, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Jiang, Yulei: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, Mammography, Prostate Cancer
  • Kao, Chien-Min: SPECT and PET Instrumentation and Reconstruction
  • Karczmar, Gregory: MRI/MRS, Image Processing
  • La Riviere, Patrick: Tomographic Reconstruction, CT, Optoacoustic Imaging
  • Lu, Zheng Feng: Ultrasound Imaging
  • O'Brien-Penney, Bill: Clinical Nuclear Medicine Physics, Reconstruction Techniques
  • Ozturk, Naim: Dosimetry, Image-Guided Brachytherapy, Bioethics
  • Pan, Xiaochuan: CT, Image Reconstruction, IGRT
  • Pelizzari, Charles: Computer Applications in Radiation Therapy, Image Processing/Correlation, Image-Guided Therapy
  • Reiser, Ingrid:  Tomosynthesis imaging, system modeling and assessment, observer models
  • Sammett, Steffen: MRI/MRS, MRI-Guided HIFU, Cancer Nanotechnology in Imaging and Therapy, Quality Management
  • Yenice, Kamil: Stereotactic and Image-Guided Therapy: Treatment Planning and Delivery
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