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The research mission of the Medical Physics faculty is to advance the field of Radiation Oncology through innovative and highly impactful research programs. Our group consists of 12 faculty physicists, five post-doctoral fellows, and two medical physics residents. The physics faculty lead seminal research efforts on a diverse set of topics including hardware development, advanced imaging concepts, clinical and translational research, quality and safety work, and implementation of advanced educational ideas.
The group’s hardware projects include the development of a compact linear accelerator, design of a novel anti-scatter grid for cone-beam CT imaging, advancing ultrasound imaging techniques for 3D dosimetry and contrast-based imaging, building of a high spatial resolution gamma-ray detector for pre-clinical imaging, and development of a coded-aperture system for fiducial marker tracking. The group is involved in the Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System (RO-ILS) and has published work on the findings of an in-house developed incident-learning database. Innovative educational research efforts include the development of a web-based medical residency management system and integration of case-based learning workshops. Clinical and translational research efforts consist of using advanced imaging to help manage breathing motion for gastrointestinal Stereotactic body radiation therapy treatments, incorporating functional lung imaging for functional thoracic radiation therapy, evaluating novel techniques for assessment of lung cancer surgery patients, and using big-data and statistical modeling for clinical outcomes assessment. 

2018-teachingreadingPDD2.JPGThe physics faculty group is funded through numerous mechanisms including grants from the National Cancer Institute (R- and K-level funding), sponsored research agreements with multiple vendors, Cancer Center seed grants, and support from the CU Medical School. Multiple physics faculty act as Principle Investigators on Investigator-Initialed interventional and imaging-based prospective clinical trials. The physics faculty are leading authors in national efforts including ASTRO’s Quantitative Analyses of Normal Tissue Effects in the Clinic (QUANTEC) effort, AAPM’s Hypofractionated Treatment Effects in the Clinic (HyTEC) publication series, and numerous AAPM task-group reports. 

Research opportunities (post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate) to work with the CU Anschutz physics faculty are available. If you would like to learn more about any research opportunities available in the group, please contact Connor McCloskey at