Radiological Sciences Training Grant
The Radiological Sciences Training Grant supports Ph.D. and postdoctoral research related to cancer. The goal of this training program is to prepare physicists and engineers for research careers in radiological physics and dosimetry as well as in functional, anatomical, and interventional medical imaging as it applies to the detection and treatment of cancer.
Faculty trainers in this program are committed to excellence in research broadly applied to cancer treatment, diagnosis, and prevention. We take a multi-disciplinary approach that is strongly image-science based and is increasingly molecular-focused. Trainees are immersed in this comprehensive research environment. Research training is available in every major area of physics involved with cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer biology, and in emerging areas of molecular imaging.
Principal Investigator: Timothy Hall, Ph.D.
Administrator: John Vetter, Ph.D.
The Radiological Sciences Training grant supports 10 predoctoral trainees and 3 postdoctoral trainees. About 4-5 training grant openings are filled each year to replace individuals rotating off because of graduation or completion of training. Nominations for training grant positions are made by either the student's advisor or the faculty advisor/sponsor in the case of postdoctoral nominations. Nominations include a description of the area of research, the cancer relevance, and an agreement that the student will fulfill the requirements of the training grant, detailed below. In most cases students must have reached dissertator status to be considered for a training grant position. To assure that a broad research area is included amongst trainees, faculty members will generally not have more than one advisee on the grant.
Appointment Requirements include the following:
- Thesis research must be focused on the broad area of diagnosis, treatment, or treatment monitoring of cancer
- Trainees must have had, or be enrolled in, a course in cancer biology
- Trainees must have had, or be enrolled in, a course in research ethics training
- Trainees must participate in the annual Radiological Physics Training Grant symposium; in addition, trainees must prepare a progress report each spring.
- Authors of papers and theses must acknowledge partial support of the training grant in their publications
- Appointments cannot exceed 5 years for predoctoral trainees and 3 years for postdoctoral trainees. Because of previous courses taken and research work completed, most predoctoral dissertators complete their work in 2 years.
- Postdoctoral training includes preparing a K-series or an R series NIH grant application
A list of training grants throughout the university can be found here.
Current Trainees and their Projects
|4/1/2012||Paul Ellison||DeJesus||Development of novel PET tracers for molecular imaging of cancers.|
|10/1/2012||Andrew Hahn||Fain||Functional imaging of the lungs using hyperpolarized gases and quantitative CT imaging of lung structure.|
|11/1/2010||Eric Nordberg||Hall||Non-invasive investigation of tissue microstructure at and near the tumor boundary.|
|11/2/2012||Samuel Adams||Unal||Ultrashort echo time (UTE) MRI techniques for post ablation scar visualization of tumors.|
|11/1/2011||Matt Bayer||Hall||Ultrasonic Motion Tracking for Large Deformations|
|11/1/2012||Jeremy Bredfeldt||Eliceiri, Mackie||Collagen Alignment Imaging and Analysis for Breast Cancer Classification|
|9/1/2012||David Campos||Kissick||Develop a novel, optical-fiber-fed, interstitial needle probe to study tumor hypoxia dynamics via spectroscopic hemoglobin saturation and blood volume measurements, and use that to examine vascular damage and metabolic changes caused by radiation using slice-wise confocal microscopy and fluorescence imaging|
|1/1/2012||Andrew Ellis||Tomé||Radiotherapy using non-uniform dose distributions for a target under respiratory motion|
|9/1/2010||Athena Dunomes-Heredia||Thomadsen, Meyerand||Directional High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy|
|1/1/2012||Nicolas Rubert||Varghese||Monitoring thermal ablation with ultrasound|
|10/1/2012||Peter Scully||Jeraj||Determining imaging biomarkers of response in VEGFR TKI (Axitinib) therapy using FLT PET/CT, and in AR-directed/chemo therapy using NaF PET/CT.|
|10/1/2012||Karissa Tilbury||Campagnola||Quantitative structural analysis of collagen assembly in the tumor microenvironment|
|12/1/2010||Dustin Wooten||Christian||The development of PET techniques to study the influence of gene and environment on the 5-HT1A system|