Physics undergrad’s research aims to increase efficiency of radiation therapy

Fourth-year Brock University physics student, Alicia Martin wants to help improve cancer treatment.

She has been working closely with Dr. Ranjini Tolakanahalli, Manager of the NHS’s Department of Medical Physics at the Walker Family Cancer Centre conducting research to improve the effectiveness of external beam therapy, a common cancer treatment.

Martin runs her simulations on the super-computing facilities of Compute Canada and the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network, or SHARCNET, of which Brock is a member. She is working under the direction of Tolakanahalli, medical physicist Dr. Josef Dubicki and Brock University Associate Professor of Physics Thad Harroun.

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