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Prospective Students

Graduate Students

We actively recruit talented MSc and PhD students from the University of British Columbia Physics, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. If joining via the Physics or Medical Physics Program, please see Graduate Program Financial Information page, including information on salary. However, please note that our student RA salaries are substantially higher, set at minimum of $24,000 annually, in addition to standard TA pay for both MSc and PhD as well as tuition remission for PhD students.

Undergraduate Students

We also actively recruit undergraduate students. This includes co-op students which have been an important part of our team, with a variety of projects that are hands-on/experimental as well as computational. It also includes students pursuing honours theses projects, e.g. UBC’s Phys 449.

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Last day with Wenbing Lyu

Today we bid farewell to the incredible Wenbing Lyu, visiting PhD student for the past year from Southern Medical University, Guangzhu, China. Wenbing has led significant efforts towards robust radiomics analyses, including PET-CT “fusion radiomics”, for prediction of outcome in head & neck cancer patients.

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Visiting PhD Candidate from University of Munich

We are excited to have Julia Brosch visiting us from LMU (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich). Julia obtained her BSc (physics) in 2014 (thesis: multi-phase tracer kinetics in Lutetium-177-DOTATATE therapy of NETs for optimized kidney dosimetry) and MSc (medical physics) in 2017 (thesis: dosimetric approaches for Yttrium-90 SIRT based on quantitative SPECT and PET images). Julia started her PhD in November 2017, and is part of the research training group GRK2274. Her overall research involves Monte Carlo based dosimetry for radionuclide therapy with focus on Lutetium-177-PSMA therapy. During her stay with us, she aims to learn how to use GATE for simulation of 3D dose distributions for Lu-177-PSMA, and to investigate differences in doses to organs at risk using different dosimetric approaches. We are already very impressed by Julia’s enthusiasm and depth of knowledge.

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Saeed Ashrafinia awarded the 2018 Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship

Congratulations to Saeed Ashrafinia who has been awarded the 2018 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship!

Saeed, an Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD candidate in the lab, is actively pursuing research in quantitative PET and SPECT imaging. The awarded fellowship, entitled, “Radiomics Analysis of Clinical Myocardial Perfusion SPECT Images to Identify Subclinical Coronary Artery Disease” proposes to translate radiomics analyses (which has been largely absent in SPECT) to the domain of clinical cardiac imaging.

Bradley-Alavi Fellows are named in honor of the late Stanley E. Bradley, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a prominent researcher in the fields of renal physiology and liver disease, and Abass Alavi, M.D., Professor and Director of Research Education at the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dissertation Proposal

Saeed Ashrafinia has defended his proposal entitled: “Optimized Quantitative Nuclear Medicine Imaging Incorporating Resolution-modeled Image Reconstruction and Texture (Radiomics) Analysis”.

 

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Invited Blogging

Our very own Yansong Zhu was invited by the Optical Society (OSA) to blog for a workshop/incubator on Computational Modeling and Performance Metrics for Imaging System Design and Evaluation in Washington DC. His blog posts appear here and here.

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PhD dissertation defense by Fereshteh

Fereshteh Aalamifar successfully defended her PhD dissertation. The work, entitled “Co-Robotic Ultrasound Tomography: A New Paradigm for Quantitative Ultrasound Imaging” has been received very well so far, with multiple publications and patent application. It has been a real delight to work with Fereshteh, and we hope her work, naturally and effectively wedding robotics with tomographic imaging, will significantly impact clinical imaging in the years to come.

 

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Saeed Ashrafinia awarded AAPM Expanding Horizons Travel Grant

We are pleased to announce Saeed Ashrafinia (PhD candidate) has received the Expanding Horizons Travel Grant. Awarded by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the travel grant aims to “provide an opportunity to broaden the scope of scientific meetings attended in order to introduce students and trainees to new topics which may be of relevance to medical physics research and which may subsequently be incorporated into future research in order to progress the field in new directions.”

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Article on the promise of whole-body dynamic PET

Our efforts to translate the concept of dynamic whole-body imaging to the clinical arena are taking notice, as seen in this web article: “A clinical take on whole-body dynamic PET”. Our very own Nicolas Karakatsanis, who initiated these efforts as a post-doc in the lab, then pursued efforts in Geneva at the Zaidi Lab, and now at Mt Sinai, recently published the promising results of combining this novel acquisition protocol with advanced 4D image reconstruction to achieve improved quantitative imaging. Through our ongoing, close collaborations with Siemens Medical Solution, we are very optimistic about future implementation and promise of this framework.