Health Physics, Radiation Biology & Medical Physics


Research Themes: 

  • Diagnostic radiology physics
  • Radiation detection
  • Radiation therapy & radiobiology
  • Proton and heavy ion therapy
  • Nuclear nanotechnologies
  • Effects of cosmic rays on electronics
  • High-energy, heavy-ion microdosimetry
  • Nuclear oncology & internal dosimetry
  • Image reconstruction methods


  • Implementation of high-energy charged particle transport via FLUKA and PHITS Monte Carlo codes
  • Tested miniaturized dosimeter for use in space suite during EVA
  • Completed detector development for Space Station dosimeter
  • Irradiated one cell nucleus in a living organism and found chromosome damage in many other cells
  • Developed and tested new beta-emitting injectable brachytherapy sources for prostate cancer
  • Monte Carlo transport on GPUs
  • Updated controls on microbeam

Total Research Expenditures FY12: Over $62 thousand