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Biography

I am a lecturer in proton therapy physics working with the PRECISE research group at the University of Manchester and the Chrisite NHS Foundation Trust. I obtained a first class honours degree in physics and mathematics and a PhD in nuclear experimental nuclear physics from the University of Liverpool.  Following post-doctoral positions at Rutgers University in the USA, Brighton, York and Manchester in the UK I took up my current position in April 2015.   I have over 50 peer-reviewed, high impact journal publications including two nature articles, seven letters and four instrumentation and methods articles as well as being a contributing author to the "Design and Shielding of Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities" IPEM Report 75. 

I have vast expertise in monte-carlo radiation transport calculations and I'm currently a member of the international Geant4 collaboration in the hadronic models working group.  Before starting my post-doctoral position in Manchester I spent some time as the head of monte-carlo modelling for a north east based SME.  I'm the founder and managing director of Subatomic Simulations which is a small consultancy business developing monte-carlo radiation transport based applications for industry. I currently teach a number of monte-carlo related courses to industrial, government, health service and academic entities.

Research interests

I have a number of research interests which utilise my expertise in radiation detection and measurement in a bid to improve proton beam therapy. 

My group

 

 

Karen Kirkby
Group Lead
Richard Rose Chair in Proton Therapy Physics 
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Norman Kirkby 

Research Fellow
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Michael Taylor 

Lecturer in Proton Therapy Physics
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Michael Merchant 

Lecturer in Proton Therapy Physics 
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Thomas Mee 

Research Associate
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Amy Chadwick 

Research Associate 
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Current PRECISE PhD Students

Nicholas Henthorn
John Warmenhoven
Marios Sotiropoulos
Rebecca Morris
Costanza Panaino
Edward A K Smith
Yunzhou Xia
Emma Biglin
Sam Ingram

Social responsibility

I am currenly a STEM Ambassador for covering the Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside regions.  I frequently undertake outreach activities at primary and secondary schools in the region as well as annually delivering presentations and practical sessions at the Headstart Summer School run by the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre

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