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Faculty Bios

The interdisciplinary Medical Physics Programs provide students pursuing their medical physics studies with the opportunity to work closely with faculty in the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Radiology, Bioengineering and Radiation Oncology. Faculty members also provide students with both research and practicum opportunities.

The following professors currently teach courses in the Medical Physics Programs:

From the Department of Radiation Oncology

  • Director of the Master of Medical Physics program, University of Pennsylvania; Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Avery is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics. He holds a BS in Physics from Millersville University and an MS and PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics from Hampton University. Dr. Avery coordinates/teaches:

    • MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy

    • MMP 525/526: Introductory Practicum

    • MMP 507/BE 583: Physics of Medical/Molecular Imaging

    • MMP 599: Capstone Project

    • BE 546: Fundamental Techniques of Imaging/Therapy

  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology in the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Ainsley teaches MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy.

  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Both is certified by the American Board of Radiology. He holds an MS in Physics and a PhD from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania. He is the Director of the Medical Physics Residency Program, and is a clinical practicum mentor. Dr. Both teaches MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy.

  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Medical Physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Finlay is certified by the American Board of Radiology, and his research interests include photodynamic theory. Dr. Finlay holds a BA in Physics and Math from Alfred University and an MA and PhD in Physics from the University of Rochester. He teaches PHYS 582: Medical Radiation Engineering.

  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Lin teaches MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy, and BE 546: Fundamental Techniques of Imaging/Therapy.

  • Clinical Medical Physicist of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Mooij teaches MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy.

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Dr. Stripp holds a BA from Lake Erie College and attended medical school at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) of New Jersey. Dr. Stripp was an intern at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and completed her residency in radiation oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Stripp teaches MMP 511: Image-Based Anatomy.

  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Medical Physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Teo teaches MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy and BE 546: Fundamental Techniques of Imaging/Therapy.

  • Senior Research Investigator of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Dr. Tuttle’s research focuses on the role of primary metabolic pathways and thiols in the cellular response to radiation response modifiers. Dr. Tuttle holds a MS in Genetic Toxicology from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tuttle teaches MMP 512: Radiation Biology.

  • Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Dr. Zhu is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology Physics. Dr. Zhu holds a BS in Electronic Engineering from Fudan University, China, and an MS in Physics, MS in Engineering and a PhD in Physics from Brown University. His research interests include external beam photon radiation transport, photodynamic therapy physics, in vivo diode dosimetry and real time dose calculation for IGRT. Dr. Zhu teaches MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy and BE 546: Fundamental Techniques of Imaging/Therapy.

From the Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Vicki and William Abrams Professor, Natural Sciences; Professor of Physics, Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Kamien’s research centers on problems in condensed matter theory, and is currently exploring problems in liquid crystals, foams, soft self-assembly and biological physics. He holds a BS and MS from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD from Harvard University. Dr. Kamien teaches PHYS 500: Mathematical Methods.

  • Professor of Physics, Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Mele is a condensed matter theorist specializing in electronic phenomena in low-dimensional systems, including conducting polymers, crystal surfaces, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphenes. He holds a BS in Physics from St. Joseph’s University and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Mele teaches PHYS 562: Electromagnetism I and PHYS 562: Electromagnetism II.

  • Professor of Physics, Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Nelson is currently studying the physics of artificial biomembranes, biopolymers such as DNA and other “soft” condensed matter systems. He holds an AB in Physics from Princeton University and an AM and PhD in Physics from Harvard University. Dr. Nelson teaches PHYS 516: Electromagnetic Phenomena.

  • Professor of Physics, Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Ovrut’s primary research interests are in the areas of superstrings and M-theory, cosmology and the geometry of superstrings. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Chicago. Dr. Ovrut teaches PHYS 516: Electromagnetic Phenomena.

  • Senior Physicist and Clinical Director of Satellite Facilities, University of Pennsylvania Health System

    Dr. Spillane is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics. She holds a BS in Physics from Ursinus College and an MS in Health Physics with Medical Physics Option and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Spillane teaches MMP 501: Introduction to Radiation Protection and MMP 502: Medical Ethics/Governmental Regulation.

  • Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Trodden’s research includes mapping out the space of viable models of the accelerating universe. Dr. Trodden holds an MA from Cambridge University, England and an MS and PhD from Brown University. He teaches PHYS 500: Mathematical Methods.

From the Department of Radiology

  • Associate Professor of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Chief, Physics Section, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Maidment is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Physics. He holds a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto. Dr. Maidment teaches MMP 507/BE 583: Physics of Medical/Molecular Imaging; BE 546: Fundamental Techniques of Imaging/Therapy.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering; Assistant Professor of Radiology in Bioengineering, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Tsourkas is an active member of the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME) and the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT), both at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering through a joint program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. Dr. Tsourkas coordinates and teaches MMP507/BE 583: Medical/Molecular Imaging.

From other departments

  • Assistant Professor, The Wistar Institute
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Dahmane holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from the University of Rouen, France and a PhD in Biology of Aging/Human Genetics from the University of Paris, France. Dr. Dahmane teaches BMB 585: Cancer Cell Biology.

  • Clinical Medical Physicist/Associated Faculty, School of Liberal and Professional Studies, University of Pennsylvania

    Mr. Goldberg teaches MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy.

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